The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is one of the most performed and revered plays of the author's collection. It has been often copied and translated into modern comedy. The comedy begins with a nobleman tricking a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing that he too is a nobleman. The nobleman offers to have a play performed for him to clear up any confusion. The play consists of a bet between three men regarding who can most quickly tame “the shrew,” meaning their wives. Petruchio wins the bet as Katherina performs his every wish and command in front of the other two men and their wives.