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—wVWLEAR (King of Britain) King of France - - Duke of Burgundy Duke of Cornwall Duke of Albany Earl of Kent --- -Earl of Gloster - - EDGAR (son to Gloster) EDMUND ... (bastard son to Gloster) ... CURAN (a courtier) Old Man ... (tenant to Gloster) ... Fool --- ---- - - Oswald ...(steward to Goneril)... Physician An Officer
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. HollowAY. . ALFRED BISHOP. . WILLIAM TERRISS. . FRANK Cooper. . HARVEY. . Howe. . HAVILAND. . GoRDoN CRAIG. . LACY. . LoRRISS. . IAN Robertson.
Miss ADA DYAs. Miss MAUD MILTON.
Miss ELLEN TERRY.
Messengers, Soldiers, and
SYNOPSIS OF SCENERY.
Scene 1–King Lear's Palace
Act II. Scene I.-Court within Gloster's Castle ScENE 2.—Open Country... - - - - -
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KING L E A R.
ScenE I.—King LEAR's Palace.
Enter KENT, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.
* thought the king had more affected the NoN Duke of Albany than Cornwall. oš Glo. It did always seem so to us: but ion now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most. Kent. Is not this your son, my lord? Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge : I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am braz'd to it. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year older than this, who is yet no dearer in my account. Do you know this noble gentleman, Edmund 2 Edin. No, my lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereafter as my honourable friend. Edm. My services to your lordship. Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better. Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving. [Trumpets within..] The king is coming.
Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, CoRDELIA, Fool, and Attendants.
Lear. Attend the Lords of France and Burgundy,
[Exeunt GLOSTER and EDMUND.
Lear. Meantime we shall express our darker
And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; Beyond all manner of so much I love you.
Cor. [aside] What shall Cordelia do 2 Love, and
Lear. Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
Cor. (aside] Then poor Cordelial
Lear. To thee and thine hereditary ever Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom ; No less in space, validity, and pleasure, Than that conferr'd on Goneril.—Now, our joy, Although our last, not least, to whose young love The vines of France and milk of Burgundy Strive to be interess'd ; what can you say to draw A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
Cor. Nothing, my lord.
Lear. Nothing !
Lear. Nothing will come of nothing ; speak again.
Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
Lear. How, how, Cordelial mend your speech a
Lest it may mar your fortunes.
Cor. Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me; I Return those duties back as are right fit,