The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0627 Tuesday, 7 July 1998.
Date: Monday, 6 Jul 1998 10:48:31 -0600
Subject: Taming of the Shrew
My 14yr old sister came up with a question that I couldn't answer. So
hopefully someone can help me protect my reputation as the Shakespeare
fanatic in the family:
During the Renaissance period, the marriage ceremony was consummated by
the act of sex between the husband and wife, correct? If this is
correct, then was the marriage between Kate and Petruchio ever
consummated? It wasn't on the evening of ceremony, was it? What would be
the implication of not consummating a marriage that evening?