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King Lear: Act 1, Scene 5

King Lear
Act 1, Scene 5

Court before the palace.

  1. Enter Lear, Kent disguised as Caius, and Fool.

Lear

2 - 5
  1. Go you before to Gloucester with these letters. Acquaint my
  2. daughter no further with any thing you know than comes from
  3. her demand out of the letter. If your diligence be not
  4. speedy, I shall be there afore you.

Kent

6 - 7
  1. I will not sleep, my lord, till I have deliver’d your
  2. letter.
  1. Exit.

Fool

9 - 10
  1. If a man’s brains were in ’s heels, were’t not in danger of
  2. kibes?

Lear

11
  1. Ay, boy.

Fool

12
  1. Then I prithee be merry, thy wit shall not go slip-shod.

Lear

13
  1. Ha, ha, ha!

Fool

14 - 16
  1. Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly, for
  2. though she’s as like this as a crab’s like an apple, yet I
  3. can tell what I can tell.

Lear

17
  1. What canst tell, boy?

Fool

18 - 19
  1. She will taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou
  2. canst tell why one’s nose stands i’ th’ middle on ’s face?

Lear

20
  1. No.

Fool

21 - 22
  1. Why, to keep one’s eyes of either side ’s nose, that what a
  2. man cannot smell out, he may spy into.

Lear

23
  1. I did her wrong.

Fool

24
  1. Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?

Lear

25
  1. No.

Fool

26
  1. Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.

Lear

27
  1. Why?

Fool

28 - 29
  1. Why, to put ’s head in, not to give it away to his
  2. daughters, and leave his horns without a case.

Lear

30 - 31
  1. I will forget my nature. So kind a father! Be my horses
  2. ready?

Fool

32 - 33
  1. Thy asses are gone about ’em. The reason why the seven stars
  2. are no more than seven is a pretty reason.

Lear

34
  1. Because they are not eight.

Fool

35
  1. Yes indeed, thou wouldst make a good Fool.

Lear

36
  1. To take’t again perforce! Monster ingratitude!

Fool

37 - 38
  1. If thou wert my Fool, nuncle, I’ld have thee beaten for
  2. being old before thy time.

Lear

39
  1. How’s that?

Fool

40
  1. Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.

Lear

41 - 44
  1. O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven!
  2. Keep me in temper, I would not be mad!
  3. Enter First Gentleman.
  4. How now, are the horses ready?

First Gentleman

45
  1. Ready, my lord.

Lear

46
  1. Come, boy.
  1. Exeunt Lear and First Gentleman.

Fool

48 - 49
  1. She that’s a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
  2. Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.
  1. Exit.
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