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King Lear: Act 3, Scene 7

King Lear
Act 3, Scene 7

Gloucester’s castle.

  1. Enter Cornwall, Regan, Goneril, Bastard Edmund, and
  2. Servants.

Cornwall

3 - 6
  1. To Goneril.
  2. Post speedily to my lord your husband, show him this letter.
  3. The army of France is landed.—Seek out the traitor
  4. Gloucester.
  1. Exeunt some of the Servants.

Regan

8
  1. Hang him instantly.

Goneril

9
  1. Pluck out his eyes.

Cornwall

10 - 18
  1. Leave him to my displeasure. Edmund, keep you our sister
  2. company; the revenges we are bound to take upon your
  3. traitorous father are not fit for your beholding. Advise the
  4. Duke, where you are going, to a most festinate preparation;
  5. we are bound to the like. Our posts shall be swift and
  6. intelligent betwixt us. Farewell, dear sister, farewell, my
  7. Lord of Gloucester.
  8. Enter Steward Oswald.
  9. How now? Where’s the King?

Oswald

19 - 24
  1. My Lord of Gloucester hath convey’d him hence.
  2. Some five or six and thirty of his knights,
  3. Hot questrists after him, met him at gate,
  4. Who, with some other of the lord’s dependents,
  5. Are gone with him toward Dover, where they boast
  6. To have well-armed friends.

Cornwall

25
  1.                             Get horses for your mistress.

Goneril

26
  1. Farewell, sweet lord, and sister.

Cornwall

27 - 37
  1. Edmund, farewell.
  2. Exeunt Goneril, Edmund, and Oswald.
  3.                   Go seek the traitor Gloucester,
  4. Pinion him like a thief, bring him before us.
  5. Exeunt other Servants.
  6. Though well we may not pass upon his life
  7. Without the form of justice, yet our power
  8. Shall do a court’sy to our wrath, which men
  9. May blame, but not control.
  10. Enter Gloucester, brought in by two or three Servants.
  11.                             Who’s there? The traitor?

Regan

38
  1. Ingrateful fox, ’tis he.

Cornwall

39
  1. Bind fast his corky arms.

Gloucester

40 - 41
  1. What means your Graces? Good my friends, consider
  2. You are my guests. Do me no foul play, friends.

Cornwall

42
  1. Bind him, I say.
  1. Servants bind him.

Regan

44
  1.                  Hard, hard. O filthy traitor!

Gloucester

45
  1. Unmerciful lady as you are, I’m none.

Cornwall

46
  1. To this chair bind him. Villain, thou shalt find
  1. Regan plucks his beard.

Gloucester

48 - 49
  1. By the kind gods, ’tis most ignobly done
  2. To pluck me by the beard.

Regan

50
  1. So white, and such a traitor?

Gloucester

51 - 55
  1.                               Naughty lady,
  2. These hairs which thou dost ravish from my chin
  3. Will quicken and accuse thee. I am your host,
  4. With robber’s hands my hospitable favors
  5. You should not ruffle thus. What will you do?

Cornwall

56
  1. Come, sir, what letters had you late from France?

Regan

57
  1. Be simple-answer’d, for we know the truth.

Cornwall

58 - 59
  1. And what confederacy have you with the traitors
  2. Late footed in the kingdom?

Regan

60 - 61
  1. To whose hands you have sent the lunatic King
  2. Speak.

Gloucester

62 - 64
  1. I have a letter guessingly set down,
  2. Which came from one that’s of a neutral heart,
  3. And not from one oppos’d.

Cornwall

65
  1.                           Cunning.

Regan

66
  1.          And false.

Cornwall

67
  1. Where hast thou sent the King?

Gloucester

68
  1. To Dover.

Regan

69
  1. Wherefore to Dover? Wast thou not charg’d at peril

Cornwall

70
  1. Wherefore to Dover? Let him answer that.

Gloucester

71
  1. I am tied to th’ stake, and I must stand the course.

Regan

72
  1. Wherefore to Dover?

Gloucester

73 - 83
  1. Because I would not see thy cruel nails
  2. Pluck out his poor old eyes, nor thy fierce sister
  3. In his anointed flesh rash boarish fangs.
  4. The sea, with such a storm as his bare head
  5. In hell-black night endur’d, would have buoy’d up
  6. And quench’d the stelled fires;
  7. Yet, poor old heart, he holp the heavens to rain.
  8. If wolves had at thy gate howl’d that dearn time,
  9. Thou shouldst have said, Good porter, turn the key.”
  10. All cruels else subscribe; but I shall see
  11. The winged vengeance overtake such children.

Cornwall

84 - 85
  1. See’t shalt thou never. Fellows, hold the chair,
  2. Upon these eyes of thine I’ll set my foot.

Gloucester

86 - 87
  1. He that will think to live till he be old,
  2. Give me some help! O cruel! O you gods!

Regan

88
  1. One side will mock another; th’ other too.

Cornwall

89
  1. If you see vengeance

First Servant

90 - 93
  1.                       Hold your hand, my lord!
  2. I have serv’d you ever since I was a child;
  3. But better service have I never done you
  4. Than now to bid you hold.

Regan

94
  1.                           How now, you dog?

First Servant

95 - 96
  1. If you did wear a beard upon your chin,
  2. I’ld shake it on this quarrel. What do you mean?

Cornwall

97
  1. My villain!
  1. Draw and fight.

First Servant

99
  1. Nay then come on, and take the chance of anger.
  1. Cornwall is wounded.

Regan

101
  1. Give me thy sword. A peasant stand up thus?
  1. She takes a sword and runs at him behind; kills him.

First Servant

103 - 104
  1. O, I am slain! My lord, you have one eye left
  2. To see some mischief on him. O!
  1. He dies.

Cornwall

106 - 107
  1. Lest it see more, prevent it. Out, vild jelly!
  2. Where is thy lustre now?

Gloucester

108 - 110
  1. All dark and comfortless! Where’s my son Edmund?
  2. Edmund, enkindle all the sparks of nature,
  3. To quit this horrid act.

Regan

111 - 114
  1.                          Out, treacherous villain!
  2. Thou call’st on him that hates thee. It was he
  3. That made the overture of thy treasons to us,
  4. Who is too good to pity thee.

Gloucester

115 - 116
  1. O my follies! Then Edgar was abus’d.
  2. Kind gods, forgive me that, and prosper him!

Regan

117 - 120
  1. Go thrust him out at gates, and let him smell
  2. His way to Dover.
  3. Exit one with Gloucester.
  4.                   How is’t, my lord? How look you?

Cornwall

121 - 124
  1. I have receiv’d a hurt; follow me, lady.—
  2. Turn out that eyeless villain; throw this slave
  3. Upon the dunghill. Regan, I bleed apace,
  4. Untimely comes this hurt. Give me your arm.
  1. Exit, led by Regan.

Second Servant

126 - 127
  1. I’ll never care what wickedness I do,
  2. If this man come to good.

Third Servant

128 - 130
  1.                           If she live long,
  2. And in the end meet the old course of death,
  3. Women will all turn monsters.

Second Servant

131 - 133
  1. Let’s follow the old Earl, and get the Bedlam
  2. To lead him where he would; his roguish madness
  3. Allows itself to any thing.

Third Servant

134 - 135
  1. Go thou. I’ll fetch some flax and whites of eggs
  2. To apply to his bleeding face. Now heaven help him!
  1. Exeunt severally.
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