The Taming of the Shrew

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Act 2 Scene 1

Katherina demands to know which suitor her sister favours, but Bianca protests that she is not in love with any of them. The various suitors arrive – Gremio with Lucentio (as Cambio), Petruchio with Hortensio (now disguised as a musician called Licio), and Tranio (as Lucentio). Petruchio surprises Baptista with his desire to marry Katherina. Baptista sends the supposed tutors in to see his daughters. Hortensio soon re-emerges, injured: Katherina has broken his lute over his head, and Petruchio, impressed by her feistiness, is even more keen to meet her.