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In our Shrew it ambles along very pleasantly for a couple of scenes and then disappears, apart from a single perfunctory re-emergence at the end of I, i. In A Shrew, it appeared more often and there was an epilogue. In spite of some ingenious justifications by scholars, I think we must conclude that our Induction is unnecessary. Unnecessary, but splendid - both for the vivid prose that Christopher Sly speaks, and 32 An Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies for verse like this, in which the lord and servants convince him of his wealth and status: Wilt thou have music?
In A Shrew, it appeared more often and there was an epilogue. In spite of some ingenious justifications by scholars, I think we must conclude that our Induction is unnecessary. Unnecessary, but splendid - both for the vivid prose that Christopher Sly speaks, and 32 An Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies for verse like this, in which the lord and servants convince him of his wealth and status: Wilt thou have music? Hark! Apollo plays, And twenty caged nightingales do sing. Or wilt thou sleep?
Apart from the blank verse and the songs there are 44 An Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies at least four varieties of couplet, quatrains, sonnets and lyric measures. All of this is contained in a dramatic structure which I have described as progressively dissolving because of its accelerating tendency to fall apart into multiple instances of display; and I have said that it does this because it is at once a type of and a substitute for those courtly entertainments in which the audience itself, and not its stage substitutes, took part.