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King Lear - Act 3, scene 3
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Act 3, scene 3
Gloucester tells Edmund that he has decided to go to Lear’s aid; he also tells him about an incriminating letter he has received about the French invasion. After Gloucester leaves to find Lear, Edmund announces his plan to betray his father to Cornwall.Enter Gloucester and Edmund.
GLOUCESTER 1879 Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this
1880 unnatural dealing. When I desired their leave that I
1881 might pity him, they took from me the use of mine
1882 own house, charged me on pain of perpetual
1883 5 displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat for
1884 him, or any way sustain him.
EDMUND 1885 Most savage and unnatural.
GLOUCESTER 1886 Go to; say you nothing. There is division
1887 between the dukes, and a worse matter than that. I
1888 10 have received a letter this night; ’tis dangerous to
1889 be spoken; I have locked the letter in my closet.
1890 These injuries the King now bears will be revenged
p. 1351891 home; there is part of a power already footed. We
1892 must incline to the King. I will look him and privily
1893 15 relieve him. Go you and maintain talk with the
1894 Duke, that my charity be not of him perceived. If he
1895 ask for me, I am ill and gone to bed. If I die for it, as
1896 no less is threatened me, the King my old master
1897 must be relieved. There is strange things toward,
1898 20 Edmund. Pray you, be careful.He exits.
1899 This courtesy forbid thee shall the Duke
1900 Instantly know, and of that letter too.
1901 This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
1902 That which my father loses—no less than all.
1903 25 The younger rises when the old doth fall.