precedent is mentioned by
the director. Frank Capra in his autobiography described the two
characters as a spoiled heiress (Ellie Andrews played by Claudette
Colbert) and ‘a guy we all know and like’ (Peter Warne
played by Clark Gable): ‘And when he meets the spoiled heiress –
well, it’s The Taming of the Shrew . But the shrew must be
worth taming, and the guy that tames her must be one of us.’ 24 When we
Allusion, anti-pastoral, and four centuries of pastoral invitations
Theocritus (in the Greek
84 Coming of Age: New and Selected Poems (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1959),
85 Robert Frost, A Boy’s Will (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915), 56–7.
86 Eros and Psyche: A Poem in Twelve Books (London: George Bell and Sons, 1894), 78.
too, since ‘caper’ comes from capra or goat). Since Pan sings this song
‘his pipe laid by’, Spenser is also present: in The Shepheardes Calender the
rejected Colin Clout ‘broke his oaten pype’ in frustration, even though