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Her bright soprano was complemented by acting that accomplished the difficult task of avoiding shrewishness when rejecting the advances of Eddie, her uncle by marriage.
Both, being young, had then the oafishness and shrewishness of ambitiously upwardly mobile youth.
Kate's shrewish behavior is a response to her situation, just as Petrucchio's strategy is a response to her shrewishness, and it is this complex dynamic that requires further dismantling.
Egeus gambled upstairs next to the hanging pole with three locals trying to save his neck as coyotes howled in the background, and Adriana and her sister Luciana debated husbands' loyalty and the shrewishness of wives in calico dresses, cowgirls' riding boots, and leather skirts.