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King Lear
by William Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

Gloucester's castle

 

 

 

 



King Lear Act 3, Scene 3


 

King Lear Act 3 Scene 3

Enter GLOUCESTER and EDMUND the bastard, with lights

Enter GLOUCESTER and EDMUND the bastard, with lights

GLOUCESTER

Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing. When I desired their leave (permission) that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house, charged me on pain of their perpetual displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.

 

GLOUCESTER

Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing. When I desire their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house, charged me on pain of their perpetual displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.

 

EDMUND

Most savage and unnatural!

 

EDMUND

Most savage and unnatural!

 


GLOUCESTER

Go to (come, come), say you nothing. There’s a division betwixt the dukes. And a worse matter than that: I have received a letter this night. 'Tis dangerous to be spoken. I have locked the letter in my closet. These injuries the king now bears will be revenged home (thoroughly). There’s part of a power (army) already footed (established). We must incline to the king. I will look him (seek him out) and privily relieve him. Go you and maintain talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived. If he ask for me, I am ill and gone to bed. Though I die for it—as no less is threatened me—the king my old master must be relieved. There is some strange thing toward (forthcoming), Edmund. Pray you, be careful.

 


GLOUCESTER

Go to, say you nothing. There’s a division betwixt the dukes. And a worse matter than that: I have received a letter this night. 'Tis dangerous to be spoken. I have locked the letter in my closet. These injuries the king now bears will be revenged home. There’s part of a power already footed. We must incline to the king. I will look him and privily relieve him. Go you and maintain talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived. If he ask for me, I am ill and gone to bed. Though I die for it—as no less is threatened me—the king my old master must be relieved. There is some strange thing toward, Edmund. Pray you, be careful.

 

Exit GLOUCESTER

Exit GLOUCESTER

EDMUND

This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke

forbid thee=which is forbidden

Instantly know, and of that letter, too.

This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me

draw=bring

That which my father loses—no less than all.

The younger rises when the old doth fall.

 

EDMUND

This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke

Instantly know, and of that letter, too.

This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me

That which my father loses—no less than all.

The younger rises when the old doth fall.

 

Exit

Exit

 

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