Baptista, a gentleman of Padua, will not let his daughter Bianca marry until her older, bad-tempered sister Katherine, the "shrew," is married. Petruchio offers to marry Katherine to help his friend Hortensio to woo Bianca, and also to gain Katherine's wealth. He then goes about "taming" her. Whenever she is rude to him, he teases her back. He arrives late for their wedding, wearing ridiculous clothes. At his house, he stops her from eating or sleeping by saying he has no food or furniture good enough for her. Meanwhile, another suitor, Lucentio, wins Bianca, and Hortensio has to marry a widow. At the feast to celebrate the weddings, Petruchio bets that his wife is the most docile. He wins the bet when Katherine makes a speech about how women should be submissive to their husbands.—Summary taken from The World of Shakespeare.
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