Act I, Scene 5
Court before the palace.
- Enter Lear, Kent disguised as Caius, and Fool.
Lear1 - 4
- Go you before to Gloucester with these letters. Acquaint my
- daughter no further with any thing you know than comes from
- her demand out of the letter. If your diligence be not
- speedy, I shall be there afore you.
Kent5 - 6
- I will not sleep, my lord, till I have deliver’d your
Fool7 - 8
- If a man’s brains were in ’s heels, were’t not in danger of
- Ay, boy.
- Then I prithee be merry, thy wit shall not go slip-shod.
- Ha, ha, ha!
Fool12 - 14
- Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly, for
- though she’s as like this as a crab’s like an apple, yet I
- can tell what I can tell.
- What canst tell, boy?
Fool16 - 17
- She will taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou
- canst tell why one’s nose stands i’ th’ middle on ’s face?
Fool19 - 20
- Why, to keep one’s eyes of either side ’s nose, that what a
- man cannot smell out, he may spy into.
- I did her wrong.
- Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
- Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
Fool26 - 27
- Why, to put ’s head in, not to give it away to his
- daughters, and leave his horns without a case.
Lear28 - 29
- I will forget my nature. So kind a father! Be my horses
Fool30 - 31
- Thy asses are gone about ’em. The reason why the seven stars
- are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
- Because they are not eight.
- Yes indeed, thou wouldst make a good Fool.
- To take’t again perforce! Monster ingratitude!
Fool35 - 36
- If thou wert my Fool, nuncle, I’ld have thee beaten for
- being old before thy time.
- How’s that?
- Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
Lear39 - 41
- O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!
- Keep me in temper, I would not be mad!
- Enter First Gentleman.
- How now, are the horses ready?
- Ready, my lord.
- Come, boy.
- Exeunt Lear and First Gentleman.
Fool44 - 45
- She that’s a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
- Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.