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King Lear: Act 3, Scene 1

King Lear
Act 3, Scene 1

Scene 1

A heath.

  1. Storm still. Enter Kent disguised as Caius and First
  2. Gentleman severally.

Kent

3
  1. Who’s there, besides foul weather?

First Gentleman

4
  1. One minded like the weather, most unquietly.

Kent

5
  1. I know you. Where’s the King?

First Gentleman

6 - 17
  1. Contending with the fretful elements;
  2. Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea,
  3. Or swell the curled waters ’bove the main,
  4. That things might change or cease, tears his white hair,
  5. Which the impetuous blasts with eyeless rage
  6. Catch in their fury, and make nothing of,
  7. Strives in his little world of man to outscorn
  8. The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.
  9. This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear would couch,
  10. The lion and the belly-pinched wolf
  11. Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs,
  12. And bids what will take all.

Kent

18
  1.                              But who is with him?

First Gentleman

19 - 20
  1. None but the Fool, who labors to outjest
  2. His heart-struck injuries.

Kent

21 - 46
  1.                            Sir, I do know you,
  2. And dare upon the warrant of my note
  3. Commend a dear thing to you. There is division
  4. (Although as yet the face of it is cover’d
  5. With mutual cunning) ’twixt Albany and Cornwall;
  6. Who haveas who have not, that their great stars
  7. Thron’d and set high?—servants, who seem no less,
  8. Which are to France the spies and speculations
  9. Intelligent of our state. What hath been seen,
  10. Either in snuffs and packings of the Dukes,
  11. Or the hard rein which both of them hath borne
  12. Against the old kind King; or something deeper,
  13. Whereof (perchance) these are but furnishings
  14. But true it is, from France there comes a power
  15. Into this scattered kingdom, who already
  16. Wise in our negligence, have secret feet
  17. In some of our best ports, and are at point
  18. To show their open banner. Now to you:
  19. If on my credit you dare build so far
  20. To make your speed to Dover, you shall find
  21. Some that will thank you, making just report
  22. Of how unnatural and bemadding sorrow
  23. The King hath cause to plain.
  24. I am a gentleman of blood and breeding,
  25. And from some knowledge and assurance, offer
  26. This office to you.

First Gentleman

47
  1. I will talk further with you.

Kent

48 - 55
  1.                               No, do not.
  2. For confirmation that I am much more
  3. Than my out-wall, open this purse and take
  4. What it contains. If you shall see Cordelia
  5. (As fear not but you shall), show her this ring,
  6. And she will tell you who that fellow is
  7. That yet you do not know. Fie on this storm!
  8. I will go seek the King.

First Gentleman

56
  1. Give me your hand. Have you no more to say?

Kent

57 - 60
  1. Few words, but to effect, more than all yet:
  2. That when we have found the Kingin which your pain
  3. That way, I’ll thishe that first lights on him
  4. Holla the other.
  1. Exeunt severally.
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