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King Lear: Act 3, Scene 3

King Lear
Act 3, Scene 3

Gloucester’s castle.

  1. Enter Gloucester and Edmund with lights.

Gloucester

2 - 6
  1. Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing.
  2. When I desir’d their leave that I might pity him, they took
  3. from me the use of mine own house, charg’d me on pain of
  4. perpetual displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat for
  5. him, or any way sustain him.

Edmund

7
  1. Most savage and unnatural!

Gloucester

8 - 18
  1. Go to; say you nothing. There is division between the Dukes,
  2. and a worse matter than that. I have receiv’d a letter this
  3. night’tis dangerous to be spoken; I have lock’d the letter
  4. in my closet. These injuries the King now bears will be
  5. reveng’d home; there is part of a power already footed: we
  6. must incline to the King. I will look him and privily
  7. relieve him. Go you and maintain talk with the Duke, that my
  8. charity be not of him perceiv’d. If he ask for me, I am ill
  9. and gone to bed. If I die for’t (as no less is threat’ned
  10. me), the King my old master must be reliev’d. There is
  11. strange things toward, Edmund, pray you be careful.
  1. Exit.

Edmund

20 - 24
  1. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the Duke
  2. Instantly know, and of that letter too.
  3. This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
  4. That which my father loses: no less than all.
  5. The younger rises when the old doth fall.
  1. Exit.
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