Act IV, Scene 5
- Enter Regan and Steward Oswald.
- But are my brother’s pow’rs set forth?
- Ay, madam.
- Himself in person there?
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- Madam, with much ado;
- Your sister is the better soldier.
- Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?
- No, madam.
- What might import my sister’s letter to him?
- I know not, lady.
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- Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
- It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
- To let him live; where he arrives he moves
- All hearts against us. Edmund, I think, is gone,
- In pity of his misery, to dispatch
- His nighted life; moreover to descry
- The strength o’ th’ enemy.
- I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.
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- Our troops set forth tomorrow, stay with us;
- The ways are dangerous.
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- I may not, madam;
- My lady charg’d my duty in this business.
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- Why should she write to Edmund? Might not you
- Transport her purposes by word? Belike
- Some things—I know not what. I’ll love thee much—
- Let me unseal the letter.
- Madam, I had rather—
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- I know your lady does not love her husband,
- I am sure of that; and at her late being here
- She gave strange eliads and most speaking looks
- To noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosom.
- I, madam?
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- I speak in understanding: y’ are; I know’t.
- Therefore I do advise you take this note:
- My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk’d,
- And more convenient is he for my hand
- Than for your lady’s. You may gather more.
- If you do find him, pray you give him this;
- And when your mistress hears thus much from you,
- I pray desire her call her wisdom to her.
- So fare you well.
- If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,
- Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.
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- Would I could meet him, madam! I should show
- What party I do follow.
- Fare thee well.