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King Lear
by William Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 5 Easiest-to-Read Edition

Gloucester's castle

 

 

 

 



King Lear Act 3, Scene 5


 

King Lear Act 3 Scene 5

Enter CORNWALL and EDMUND

Enter CORNWALL and EDMUND

CORNWALL

I will have my revenge ere I depart his house.

his house=Gloucesterís

 

CORNWALL

I will have my revenge ere I depart his house.

 

EDMUND

How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature (my natural affection for my father) thus gives way to loyalty (to Cornwall), something fears me to think of.

 

EDMUND

How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me to think of.

 

CORNWALL

I now perceive it was not altogether your brotherís evil disposition made him seek his (Gloucesterís) death, but a provoking merit set awork by a reprovable (reprehensible) badness in himself (Gloucester).

 

CORNWALL

I now perceive it was not altogether your brotherís evil disposition made him seek his death, but a provoking merit set awork by a reprovable badness in himself.

 

EDMUND

How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just! (giving CORNWALL a letter) This is the letter which he (Gloucester) spoke of, which approves (proves) him (Gloucester) an intelligent (knowing) party to the advantages of France. O heavens, that this treason were not or not I the detector!

 

EDMUND

How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just! (giving CORNWALL a letter) This is the letter which he spoke of, which approves him an intelligent party to the advantages of France. O heavens, that this treason were not or not I the detector!

 

CORNWALL

Go with me to the duchess.

 

CORNWALL

Go with me to the duchess.

 

EDMUND

If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business in hand.

 

EDMUND

If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business in hand.

 

CORNWALL

True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension (seizing).

 

CORNWALL

True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension.

 

EDMUND

(aside) If I find him (Gloucester) comforting the king, it will stuff (reinforce) his (Cornwallís) suspicion more fully. (to CORNWALL) I will persevere in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my blood (filial piety).

 

EDMUND

(aside) If I find him comforting the king, it will stuff his suspicion more fully. (to CORNWALL) I will persevere in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my blood.

 

CORNWALL

I will lay trust upon thee, and thou shalt find a dearer father in my love.

 

CORNWALL

I will lay trust upon thee, and thou shalt find a dearer father in my love.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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