Read another way, she is a horrible mother, an uptight snob, and a bit of a shrew.
Her popularity is up, her guard is down, and her image as a shrew is a relic of the past.
All the parts for women are awful, and chauvinistic and they have to play a shrew.
And what had she said that this servant-girl should suddenly show the shrew in her?
"When things don't suit me, I'm apt to say so; but I never scold," whined the shrew.
The smell of the shrew is certainly unpleasant, as you may find out from this little fellow I hold in my hand.
Why not rewrite 'The Taming of the shrew' with a new background?
Like some great inch-worm, the weasel looped its way along, until its path crossed that of the shrew pattering toward the brook.
His father was a scholar and his mother somewhat of a shrew.
Married to another man, I suspect that she would have been a shrew.
small insectivorous mammal, Old English screawa "shrew-mouse," unknown outside English, and "the absence of evidence for the word between the OE. period and the 16th c is remarkable" [OED]. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skraw-, from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool" (see shred (n.)), in reference to the shrew's pointed snout. Alternative Old English word for it was scirfemus, from sceorfan "to gnaw."
The meaning "peevish, malignant, clamorous, spiteful, vexatious, turbulent woman" [Johnson] is late 14c., from earlier sense of "spiteful person" (male or female), mid-13c., traditionally said to derive from some supposed malignant influence of the animal, which was once believed to have a venomous bite and was held in superstitious dread (cf. beshrew). Paired with sheep from 1560s as the contrasting types of wives.