Tuesday, November 11, 2014
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,
For then she never looks upon her lure.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Petruchio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, sc. 1, l. 190-2.
Like a falcon, Katherine has been starved in order to tame her; the "lure," baited with pieces of meat, was used by falconers to recall the bird.