Bianca is Baptista’s younger daughter, a beautiful, docile, and obedient creature.
Wooed by many, including rich old Gremio and Hortensio, she is not so obedient that she will not allow herself to be wooed behind her father’s back by a young man disguised as one of her teachers, not to mention run off and marry him in secret, and later refuse to be at his beck and call. She is mistreated by her sister, who ties her up and regularly beats her. She is her father’s great favorite, and plays the part well. With others she is quite willing to be peremptory and assert herself, decreeing that she will decide the order and length of her lessons for herself, and, once married, willing to tell her husband he is foolish to bet on her. Her headstrong sister then lectures the perfect girl about her disobedient ways.