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continually complaining or faultfinding


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Miley says chief among her "haters" are the shrewish, screwed up band of which I am a member - mothers.
Richard Elfyn excels as Mr Pugh, the henpecked husband plotting poisoning, while remaining meek in front of his shrewish wife.
While the transformation of Lot's shrewish wife into a pillar of salt will be cathartic for many viewers, the "Ninja angels" who hack their way out of Sodom, Jackie Chan style, with Lot's family in tow, will not.
Here, Dan Wheeler stomps around, lashing out verbally and physically as the shrewish Katherine: a Julian Clary lookalike in Doc Martens, while Vince Leigh executes a swift transformation at the start of the play - as his Christopher Sly falls into a drunken dream - into gold-digger Petruchio, out to marry and tame Kate.
In years to come, his son Jack may forgive him for initially turning his back on him but, if the little lad discovers his dad gave him up so he could win back his shrewish ex-wife's love, he might not be quite so quick to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Joan is a bitch," declares Anne, whose acerbic imitation presents Joan as a shrewish nag (31).
They have a sharp, shrewish look, which I do not like at all; and in her air altogether, there is a self-sufficiency without fashion, which is intolerable.
35) Remarkably, the wife's shrewish nature in this ballad results from the trauma of her wedding night:
Shakespeare's plot remains true as everyone wants to marry Bianca, but Bianca isn't free to marry until her shrewish sister, Kate, finds a husband.
This is the story of young love blundering through, the romantic comedy of the spurned single mother rescuing her child's father from a shrewish hag and saving the universe at the same time.
He is also alleged to be in the Americans' pay, through the connivance of his shrewish, Lady MacBeth of a wife.
Dolan argues that there are three major images through which marriage is discussed in the early modern period: the Christian model of "one flesh," the common law notion of coverture in which husband and wife are one person, and the comic tradition of marital dispute and shrewish wives, where equality leads to conflict.
Emerson, a character in the mold of Dame Van Winkle, the shrewish and controlling wife in Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," challenges staid patriarchal authority, successfully undermining and reversing the hierarchal gender order by vehemently resisting her husband's muster designs and absolutely forbidding his attendance.
Wives were possessions among the Elizabethan upper class, maintained and provided for by their husbands; therefore shrewish women who wished to marry were expected to allow their "rebellious demands for self-sovereignty [to fall] prey to the substitute pleasures of a highly gendered, patriarchally overlaid model of social class in which femaleness is conceived as a privileged object made to decorate male life" (220).
His daughter, Rosa, disillusioned by her work both in Cuba and with Harlem adolescents, spitefully embraces Orthodox Judaism; another daughter, Karla, struggles with wifehood and starts a friendship with an Egyptian news vendor; Lenny, the manipulative foster brother, abuses drugs; and Audrey, the shrewish matriarch, uncovers a terrible secret.