The Lord Cardinal, the duke’s brother. He preaches morality with vehemence and at length but has little or no effect on the multipresent evils of the corrupt court. He remains alive to deliver a last blast of morality after the holocaust at the play’s end.
The Ward, a rich, stupid heir. He is brought to marriage with Isabella only after much labor and persuasion by Guardiano. After the marriage, even his stupidity is insufficient armor against the horror of the disclosure of her sins.
The mother of Leantio, a well-meaning, gullible old woman. She plays into Livia’s hands by having Bianca come to Livia’s house and plays chess with her hostess, all the time unaware that her daughter-in-law is being violated in another room in the house. She and the Lord Cardinal are exempt from the horror or contempt that the other principal characters arouse, but they are not calculated to arouse much sympathy in a beholder or reader.