Lucentio is a young man of Pisa, son to Vincentio, comes to Padua to go to university.
Rather than waste his time in class, however, he disguises himself as a poor schoolteacher to have a chance to woo Bianca, with whom he falls completely in love the moment he sees her on his arrival in town. He has himself introduced to Baptista’s household, under the name Cambio, by his rival for Bianca, Gremio, who has no inkling that the young man he has hired has any plans of his own. He begins to woo Bianca under the cover of her Latin lesson. He agrees with the plan to have a stranger play the part of his father to convince Baptista to let him marry Bianca while the two of them run off to church to have it done, though on seeing his father on the verge of being run off to jail as a madman he is instantly remorseful. He hosts the feast celebrating the various marriages at the end, and there bets on Bianca’s superior obedience to the other newly-wed women present, only to lose a hundred crowns on the matter.