The Question and Answer section for The Taming of the Shrew is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Hortensio is one of Bianca's suitors. Pompous and foolish. Though posited at the outset as a significant rival, he soon enough takes Tranio's bait and runs off to marry a wealthy widow.
In Act I, Lucentio has just arrived in Padua, and he delivers an introductory monologue in which we learn that he is the son of Vincentio, a wealthy Pisan.
Unlike the stereotypical woman of the time, Katherine had a strong willed personality and stood up to the men around her. She wasn't the leastbit submissive. Even at the end of the play, Katherine's motives for her submission can be question........