Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Taming of the Shrew Act 4, Scene 2


another great day of camping and Shakespeare! Sean and i really enjoyed this scene, very clever. between kayaking, biking, swimming, bug battles, and friends on their way to grill with us before a campfire and outside movie, there is very little extra time! i will catch up on today and yesterdays blogs tomorrow when i am in the comfort of our apartment with our computer. writing blogs on my phone is not fun! happy Wednesday! back tomorrow!


act 4, scene 2
Tranio (as Lucentio) and Hortensio (as Litio) chat about Bianca. Hortensio confirms that Bianca is clearly in love with Cambio (really Lucentio). Hortensio reveals his true identity to Tranio, and Tranio convinces him that they should swear off Bianca forever since it is clear she loves "Cambio". Hortensio agrees (see quote below). Hortensio leaves and Biondello comes in to deliver the news that he has found someone to imitate Vincentio, Lucentio's father. the man, a merchant, is in town from Mantua. Tranio weaves a tall tale about trouble between the Paduans and Mantuans. but he, Tranio, will offer to allow the man to pose as his (Lucentio's) father so that he may be safe. the only caveat is that he must act as Vincentio no matter what! also, the merchant shouldn't worry because Tranio will guide him every step of the way.

i'm obsessed with Tranio. he's totally awesome. he just freaking lies and lies and lies and keeps getting away with it. he's totally slick and i love him. i can't believe he's getting away with all of this, and i can't wait to see how it will all come down in the end.

it's crazy how much cleaner and less clunky this play is than say... Comedy of Errors. it's so cool to see Shakespeare progress across time. i say this knowing, of course, that we don't know the exact order that the plays were written in, but we can get a general idea anyway.

are we ever going to see Sly and all those characters again? what the HECK is going on?

quote of the day:
'would all the world but he had quite foresworn!
for me, that i may surely keep mine oath,
i will be married to a wealthy widow,
ere three days pass, which hath as long loved me
as i have loved this proud disdainful haggard.
and so farewell, Signor Lucentio.
kindness in women, not their beauteous looks.
shall win my love. and so i take my leave,
in resolution as i swore before.'

for tomorrow: act 4, scenes 3 and 4

-rebecca may

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