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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to The Taming of the Shrew, 1.2.69: "Florentius' love"

The Taming of the Shrew,
Act 1, Scene 2, line 69.
Florentius' love: A reference to a story told and retold in the Middle Ages, most famously by Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales, where it is the Wife of Bath's tale. Florentius has to marry an old hag who has saved his life by providing him with the correct answer to a riddle.

Perhaps the reference to this story is a bit of foreshadowing by Shakespeare, since Florentius' old hag eventually transforms herself into a beautiful young wife, as Katherine eventually transforms herself from a shrew into a free-spirited and loving wife.

"The Tale of the Wife of Bath"
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
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