Gremio is an old man in Padua, and extremely rich. He is a suitor to Bianca’s hand, and cannot stand her sister.
He is convinced by his rival Hortensio that a husband must be found for Katherina so that they may continue their wooing of the younger daughter. Since Baptista is looking for teachers for Bianca, Gremio hires a young schoolmaster to help instruct her, on condition that he deliver her love-notes and plead his case, never dreaming that the young man is in disguise and intends to woo her for himself. As soon as Katherina is betrothed, Gremio brings the matter of Bianca back to attention, though his offer for her is out-bid by the fake Lucentio. He is vastly amused by Petruchio’s treatment of Katherina, and though he is out-foxed in the matter of marrying Bianca, and loses her, he takes it in good part. He slightly knows Vincentio, and keeps him from being hauled off to jail, though he is not so certain that he will swear to his identity.