The Padua Club
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Name: Baptista Minola
Who is he?
Baptista is the head of the Minola family one of Padua’s leading families.
Baptista is a widower. He has two daughters, Katherina his oldest daughter and Bianca her younger sister.
Interests and concerns
Baptista is keen to make sure that his daughters have the very best marriages. As he is a widower, his daughters are missing the important influence of their mother and he is responsible for ensuring that they are as well prepared as possible for this important step in their lives.
Baptista has found his older daughter Katherina difficult to manage. He finds the way that she behaves very wild and this is making him worried that he will not be able to find her a husband as her reputation for being a ‘shrew’ is spreading around the city. Baptista wishes that Katherina could be more like her younger sister Bianca who is calm, well behaved and has already attracted potential husbands such as Gremio his neighbour.
Wealth and Circumstances
Baptista has a well-founded reputation for being careful with his money. He will definitely make sure that both his daughters will attract a substantial dowry when they marry. As he is so worried about finding a wealthy husband for Katherina with her reputation for being wild and difficult, he has decided that he will not agree to a husband for Bianca until Katherina is married.