1. How did you react to the turn of events at the end of the story?
It's a crazy ending to a crazy story. It did remind me strongly of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Marko was sort of like Pertruchio, and Ariadne was like the Shrew. The only thing that was different to me was that Ariadne's father didn't want to get rid of her like the father in Taming of the Shrew did. I believe that at the end of Shakespeare's play the Shrew turns out to like Pertruchio like in The Wooing of Ariadne.
2. How do you account for Ariadne's change of heart?
I can't really account for it. All I can figure out is that no one ever cared for her so she eventually stopped thinking anyone would. So when Marko came alone and showed her that he cared she couldn't believe it at first, so it took her a long time to see what Marko was doing. Then when she figured it out she changed her heart.
3. Some people might say that Marko is stubborn and conceited, others that he is honest and determined. How would you characterize Marko as a person? Cite details to explain your response.
I would have to say that Marko has come from a different background. I have heard that in some cultures that men choose their wives and that the women have no say in the choice, also known as arranged marriages. Since it is possible he grew up that way maybe that is all he knows how to do. He seemed to read the old legends and stories so I think it is quite possible that is the case.
4. How do explain the reaction to Ariadne's family to Marko?
I think that they wanted to keep her a secret. They
found it embarrassing that she couldn't cook or clean very well and they
wanted her to stay out of the public eye. Having her marry the wealthy
tavern owner would open up the opportunity for the spoiled girl to throw
a tantrum at the wrong time. But on the other hand, they didn't keep the
girl completely locked up, she attended dances, so they still had a little
compassion for her and they didn't want her to end up marrying, in their
eyes, a madman.