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King Lear: Act 3, Scene 5

King Lear
Act 3, Scene 5

Gloucester’s castle.

  1. Enter Cornwall and Edmund.

Cornwall

2
  1. I will have my revenge ere I depart his house.

Edmund

3 - 4
  1. How, my lord, I may be censur’d, that nature thus gives way
  2. to loyalty, something fears me to think of.

Cornwall

5 - 7
  1. I now perceive, it was not altogether your brother’s evil
  2. disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking merit,
  3. set a-work by a reprovable badness in himself.

Edmund

8 - 11
  1. How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just!
  2. This is the letter which he spoke of, which approves him an
  3. intelligent party to the advantages of France. O heavens!
  4. That this treason were not; or not I the detector!

Cornwall

12
  1. Go with me to the Duchess.

Edmund

13 - 14
  1. If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty
  2. business in hand.

Cornwall

15 - 17
  1. True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester. Seek
  2. out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our
  3. apprehension.

Edmund

18 - 22
  1. Aside.
  2. If I find him comforting the King, it will stuff his
  3. suspicion more fully.—I will persever in my course of
  4. loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my
  5. blood.

Cornwall

23 - 24
  1. I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt find a dearer
  2. father in my love.
  1. Exeunt.
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