Vincentio is Lucentio’s father, a respectable, well-respected, and very rich old man from Pisa.
On his way to Padua to visit his son at the university and bring him little extra money, he meets a mad couple who insist that the sun is the moon and he is a beautiful young woman. They then tell him that his son has just become their brother-in-law. He is uncertain whether this is still a jest or not. Arriving in Padua, he finds that someone else is impersonating him and that his son’s servants refuse to acknowledge him; seeing Tranio is rich garments, he is first convinced that Lucentio is spending all his money and then that Tranio has murdered his son. About to be carted off to jail as a madman, he is saved when his son arrives and reveals all the deception. He promises to satisfy Baptista in the matter of his daughter’s secret marriage, but also to have vengeance on Tranio.