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The Kindling of Collective Kindness There's an element of superfluity in Kate's final speech of The Taming of the Shrew. As a simple demonstration of her having been tamed and changed, the address is almost overdone: earlier in the scene, after all, Baptista easily admits that Petruchio has presented him with "a different girl," "altered as she had never been" in effect indicating that Kate's final speech serves a different purpose (5.2.119-120). As opposed to adding an exclamation point to whether Kate has indeed been "disfigured," which would consequently merely confirm the forecast produced from the bellyaching Grumio, Shakespeare mobilizes her final speech to elaborate in what way and on what conditions Kate has become a new Kate. Throughout her pronominal shifts and the sore but spirited self-castigation in her tone, Shakespeare presents Kate as a disempowered agent made to face the failures of her erstwhile methods of immunity whilst negotiating the possibilities of her imposed re-presentation. While undoubtedly the happenstance of Petruchio's brutal impositions and restrictions, consenting to this new representation doesn't amount to a "simple" submission: Shakespeare signals a trace of a still headstrong part of immunity in Kate's first injunction to Bianca and the Widow: "Fie, fie, unknit that hazard’ning unkind brow" (5.2.166, 141). "Unkind" does more than restate and disavow the character of Kate's former disposition: its surreptitious insinuations, together with its placement within an impassioned critical construction, set the tone of the address. Along with reactivating under a new guise a semantic strain operative throughout the play (beginning with the Lord instructing his huntsmen to fool...