The Taming of the Shrew Translation Table of Contents
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Induction, Scene 1
Sly is drunk and kicked out of an inn. A lord comes along, finds Sly sleeping, and decides to play a practical joke.
Induction, Scene 2
Sly wakes up in the lord's house and is told that he is the lord. Actors are going to perform a play for him.
Act 1, Scene 1
Lucentio sees Bianca and instantly falls in love with her. Lucentio, with Tranio's help, plans to woo her.
Act 1, Scene 2
Petruchio is trying to find a rich wife. Lucentio pretends to be a music teacher, and Tranio a suitor for Bianca.
Act 2, Scene 1
Katherine shows her foul temper. Petruchio comes to marry Katherine and deliberately winds her up.
Act 3, Scene 1
Hortensio and Lucentio, disguised as teachers, both try to get Bianca alone to woo her. Lucentio reveals his identity.
Act 3, Scene 2
Katherine and Petruchio get married, but Petruchio turns up late and poorly dressed, and then brings Kate to his house.
Act 4, Scene 1
Petruchio has been deliberately annoying, and deprives Katherine of food and sleep to "train" her like a hunting bird.
Act 4, Scene 2
Hortensio gives up on wooing Bianca. Tranio and Lucentio plan to use a merchant to stand in for Lucentio's father.
Act 4, Scene 3
Petruchio continues to deprive Katherine of food, and teases her with clothes, demanding that she is obedient to him.
Act 4, Scene 4
The Merchant pretends to be Lucentio's father, allowing Tranio (dressed as Lucentio) to arrange a marriage with Bianca.
Act 4, Scene 5
Petruchio breaks Katherine with exhaustion and she starts agreeing with him. They meet Lucentio's father on the road.
Act 5, Scene 1
Vincentio confuses Tranio and Lucentio's plan. Lucentio marries Bianca and begs his father for forgiveness.
Act 5, Scene 2
The newlywed men place bets on which wife will be the most obedient. Petruchio wins as Katherine follows his orders.