Dear Friends: last week's question was a tough one, so there's no quiz this week. Instead, just for fun, there's this.
Over time, I became interested in how often Will Shakespeare used the name “Kate” for characters in his plays. My guess is, he just liked the name.
1. First off, the most obvious one: the Kate who was out to cause problems for just about everyone. (The musical, “Kiss Me, Kate,” was named after her.)
2. The Kate who was a Princess of France.
3. The Kate who was a queen.
4. The Kate who worked for the Princess of France.
5. The Kate who wasn’t permitted to rise up in the world, who was kept down.
6. The Kate who wasn’t really a Kate at all.
7. The Kate who had a house named after her.
8. The Kate who didn’t like guys who went to sea, but if you could create a decent suit of clothing she’d permit you certain intimacies.
Answers: Number one was the star of “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Number two was the French Princess the King married in “Henry V.”
Number three was Katherine of Aragon in “Henry VIII.”
Number four was a lady-in-waiting in “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Number five was a character actually named “Kate Keepdown” in “Measure for Measure.”
Number six wasn’t really named Kate at all – her name was Elizabeth – but her husband seemed to like the name (like Will S. himself), so he called her Kate anyway. “1 Henry IV”
Number seven was jokingly referred to by her husband as “Kate of Kate Hall.” “The Taming of the Shrew”
Number eight was a Kate who was the subject of a ribald drinking song: “She loved not the savor of tar nor of pitch, yet a tailor might scratch her where’er she did itch.” :-) “The Tempest”
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