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King Lear: Act V, Scene 1

King Lear
Act V, Scene 1

Scene 1

The British camp near Dover.

  1. Enter, with Drum and Colors, Edmund, Regan, Gentlemen, and
  2. Soldiers.

Edmund

1 - 4
  1. Know of the Duke if his last purpose hold,
  2. Or whether since he is advis’d by aught
  3. To change the course. He’s full of alteration
  4. And self-reprovingbring his constant pleasure.
  1. To Second Gentleman, who goes out.

Regan

5
  1. Our sister’s man is certainly miscarried.

Edmund

6
  1. ’Tis to be doubted, madam.

Regan

7 - 10
  1.                            Now, sweet lord,
  2. You know the goodness I intend upon you:
  3. Tell me but truly, but then speak the truth,
  4. Do you not love my sister?

Edmund

11
  1.                            In honor’d love.

Regan

12 - 13
  1. But have you never found my brother’s way
  2. To the forfended place?

Edmund

14
  1.                         That thought abuses you.

Regan

15 - 16
  1. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
  2. And bosom’d with heras far as we call hers.

Edmund

17
  1. No, by mine honor, madam.

Regan

18 - 19
  1. I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
  2. Be not familiar with her.

Edmund

20 - 21
  1.                           Fear me not.
  2. She and the Duke her husband!
  1. Enter, with Drum and Colors, Albany, Goneril, Soldiers.

Goneril

22 - 23
  1. Aside.
  2. I had rather lose the battle than that sister
  3. Should loosen him and me.

Albany

24 - 31
  1. Our very loving sister, well bemet.
  2. Sir, this I heard: the King is come to his daughter,
  3. With others whom the rigor of our state
  4. Forc’d to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
  5. I never yet was valiant. For this business,
  6. It touches us as France invades our land,
  7. Not bolds the King, with others whom, I fear,
  8. Most just and heavy causes make oppose.

Edmund

32
  1. Sir, you speak nobly.

Regan

33
  1.                       Why is this reason’d?

Goneril

34 - 36
  1. Combine together ’gainst the enemy;
  2. For these domestic and particular broils
  3. Are not the question here.

Albany

37 - 38
  1.                            Let’s then determine
  2. With th’ ancient of war on our proceeding.

Edmund

39
  1. I shall attend you presently at your tent.

Regan

40
  1. Sister, you’ll go with us?

Goneril

41
  1. No.

Regan

42
  1. ’Tis most convenient, pray go with us.

Goneril

43
  1. Aside.
  2. O ho, I know the riddle.—I will go.
  1. Exeunt both the armies.
  1. As they are going out, enter Edgar disguised. Albany
  2. remains.

Edgar

44 - 45
  1. If e’er your Grace had speech with man so poor,
  2. Hear me one word.

Albany

46
  1.                   I’ll overtake you.—Speak.

Edgar

47 - 53
  1. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.
  2. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound
  3. For him that brought it. Wretched though I seem,
  4. I can produce a champion that will prove
  5. What is avouched there. If you miscarry,
  6. Your business of the world hath so an end,
  7. And machination ceases. Fortune love you!

Albany

54
  1. Stay till I have read the letter.

Edgar

55 - 57
  1.                                   I was forbid it.
  2. When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,
  3. And I’ll appear again.

Albany

58
  1. Why, fare thee well, I will o’erlook thy paper.
  1. Exit Edgar.
  1. Enter Edmund.

Edmund

59 - 62
  1. The enemy’s in view, draw up your powers.
  2. Here is the guess of their true strength and forces,
  3. By diligent discovery, but your haste
  4. Is now urg’d on you.

Albany

63
  1.                      We will greet the time.
  1. Exit.

Edmund

64 - 78
  1. To both these sisters have I sworn my love;
  2. Each jealous of the other, as the stung
  3. Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?
  4. Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoy’d
  5. If both remain alive: to take the widow
  6. Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril,
  7. And hardly shall I carry out my side,
  8. Her husband being alive. Now then, we’ll use
  9. His countenance for the battle, which being done,
  10. Let her who would be rid of him devise
  11. His speedy taking off. As for the mercy
  12. Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia,
  13. The battle done, and they within our power,
  14. Shall never see his pardon; for my state
  15. Stands on me to defend, not to debate.
  1. Exit.
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