In the Italian city of Padua, a rich young man named Lucent arrives with his servants, Tranio and Biondella, to attend the local university. Luncentio is excited to begin his studies, but his priorities change when he sees Bianca, a beautiful, mild, young woman with whom Lucent instantly falls in love. There are two problems : first, Bianca already had two suitors, Premio and Hortensia ; second, Bianca's father, a wealthy old man named Baptista Minolta, had declared that no one may court Bianca until first her older sister, the vicious, ill-tempered Katherine is married. Lucnetio decides to overcome this problem by disguising himself as Bianca's Latin tutor to gain an excuse to be in her company. Hortensia disguises himself as her music teacher for the same reason. While Lucentio pretends to be Bianca's tutor, Tranio dresses up as Lucent and begins to confer with Baptista about the possibility of marrying his daughter.