Hortensio is one of Bianca's suitor at the beginning of Taming of the Shrew. He became friends with Germio during their mutual frustration with and rejection by Bianca. Petrucio is directed to Kate by Hortensio. Horension dresses up as a music instructor to court Bianca. Hortensio is in love with Bianca, but he doesn't stand a chance. In result, he ends up marrying a widow. Hortensio is Petrucio's best friend and sort of his wingman.
Taming of the Shrew - Act 2 Scene 1 - Part 3