The Fooled Father

Vincentio is the father of Lucentio. On his way to Padua, he is shocked to find Tranio acting as his son, who has dawned a disguise to marry his beloved Bianca. When Tranio disguised as Lucentio pretends not to know him, he becomes enraged. The crowd eventually turns against Vincentio and is about to take him to jail, when Lucentio and Bianca arrive from the church after being wed. Biondello, Tranio, and the pedant take this moment of confusion to flee the scene, knowing that the charade is up. Lucentio can do nothing but beg his father’s pardon and disclose their plan to everyone. He explains that his deed was because of his love for Bianca. This somewhat calms the situation. Nevertheless, the two fathers depart to seek some revenge on the men who tricked them.

The Taming of the Shrew: Act V, Scene 1