Shrewishness


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Shrewishness

See also Irascibility.
Shyness (See TIMIDITY.)
Similarity (See TWINS.)
Sinfulness (See WICKEDNESS.)
Caudle, Mrs. Margaret
nagging, complaining wife. [Br. Lit.: The Curtain Lectures, Walsh Modem, 90]
Dollallolla, Queen
even King Arthur feared his uxorial virago. [Br. Lit: Tom Thumb the Great]
farmer’s wife
makes hell too hot even for the devil, who sends her back home. [Am. Balladry: “The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife”]
Frome, Zenobia (Zeena)
Ethan Frome’s hypochondriacal, nag ging, belittling wife. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
Galatea
19th-century version: nags Pygmalion. [Aust. Operetta: von Suppé, Beautiful Galatea, Westerman, 285]
Gargery, Mrs.
vixenish wife; keeps husband in thrall. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Katherine
“intolerably curst and shrewd and froward.” [Br. Lit.: The Taming of the Shrew]
Lisa, Dame
Jurgen’s petulant wife taken from him in gratitude by the Prince of Darkness. [Am. Lit.: Jurgen in Magill I, 464]
MacStinger, Mrs.
widow; miserable to everyone. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Momus
personification of censoriousness, constantly carping, grumbling, and finding fault. [Gk. Myth.: EB (1963) XV, 685]
Peninnah
continually harassed co-wife Hannah about her barrenness. [O. T.: I Samuel 1:6]
Proudie, Mrs.
aggressive, domineering wife of Bishop Proudie. [Br. Lit.: Trollope Barchester Towers in Magill I, 55]
Sofronia
Norina, disguised for mock marriage, pretends to be virago. [Ital. Opera: Donizetti, Don Pasquale, Westerman, 123–124]
Tabitha
Mr. Bramble’s virago sister; bent on matrimony. [Br. Lit.: Humphry Clinker]
Termagant
tumultuous Muslim deity (male); today, a virago. [Medieval Lit.: Espy, 125]
Xanthippe
Socrates’ peevish, quarrelsome wife. [Gk. Hist.: Espy, 114]
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Moreover, Catarina diverts her shrewishness into leadership when she administers her husband's farm.
12, a stronger shrewishness at the beginning of the play and, thus, more strongly emphasizing the theme of education with her reformation) even addressed her last speech on the errors of disorderly behavior to a male Hortensio (Jackson Evans) and a male Gremio (Dieterick Gray).
10) Communities sometimes used skimmingtons as a form of community justice through public humiliation for adultery or shrewishness, but they also used them for social and political purposes as well.
Petruchio is altered both by Kate's witty shrewishness and his desire for her from the moment he hears of her.
Not a whit of her shrewishness did she spare us; her storms of passion found vent in snarls, growls, and even inarticulate screams of fury; she paced hither and thither liked a caged wild beast, but her rages were magnificent like an angry sea or a sky of tempest, she blazed a fiery comet through the play, baleful but beautiful.
55) Tempting as it may be to see in Hamlet's critique of Termagant an invective against theatrical shrewishness of the kind purveyed by Katherine, the character's associations were in Shakespeare's day still exclusively male and pagan.
10 Things strongly links this shrewishness with Kat's feminism, which the movie portrays as an embodiment of the media stereotype of the "feminazi.
The nearest the canonical Shakespeare ever comes to using the word is in the opening scene of Much Ado, where Benedick jokily refers to Beatrice's shrewishness "so some gentleman or other shall escape a predestinate scratched face" (1.