Act 5 Scene 2
Katharina I am asham'd that women are so simple / To offer war where they should kneel for peace; ...
Vail your stomachs, for it is no boot, / And place your hands below your husband's foot;
In token of which duty, if he please, / My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
Petruchio Why, there's a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate.
At Luciento's house, Petruchio and the other men makes bets to decide whose wife is most obedient. When Kate is totally compliant, Petruchio wins, leaving the other wives shocked at her subservience. Petruchio then asks her to tell the assembled guests what duty women owe their husbands. Again, she compiles.
Taken literally, this speech is difficult for modern audiences to accept but, as with many moments like this in Shakespeare's plays, it is open to interpretation. For a more palatable contemporary ending, it can be argued that Kate and Petruchio planned this moment so they could win money from the other men...
Katharina - Paola Dionisotti
Petruchio - Jonathan Pryce
Photo: Joe Cocks Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust