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King Lear: Act 4, Scene 5

King Lear
Act 4, Scene 5

Gloucester’s Castle.

  1. Enter Regan and Steward Oswald.

Regan

2
  1. But are my brother’s pow’rs set forth?

Oswald

3
  1.                                        Ay, madam.

Regan

4
  1. Himself in person there?

Oswald

5 - 6
  1.                          Madam, with much ado;
  2. Your sister is the better soldier.

Regan

7
  1. Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?

Oswald

8
  1. No, madam.

Regan

9
  1. What might import my sister’s letter to him?

Oswald

10
  1. I know not, lady.

Regan

11 - 17
  1. Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
  2. It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
  3. To let him live; where he arrives he moves
  4. All hearts against us. Edmund, I think, is gone,
  5. In pity of his misery, to dispatch
  6. His nighted life; moreover to descry
  7. The strength o’ th’ enemy.

Oswald

18
  1. I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.

Regan

19 - 20
  1. Our troops set forth tomorrow, stay with us;
  2. The ways are dangerous.

Oswald

21 - 22
  1.                         I may not, madam;
  2. My lady charg’d my duty in this business.

Regan

23 - 26
  1. Why should she write to Edmund? Might not you
  2. Transport her purposes by word? Belike
  3. Some thingsI know not what. I’ll love thee much
  4. Let me unseal the letter.

Oswald

27
  1.                           Madam, I had rather

Regan

28 - 31
  1. I know your lady does not love her husband,
  2. I am sure of that; and at her late being here
  3. She gave strange eliads and most speaking looks
  4. To noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosom.

Oswald

32
  1. I, madam?

Regan

33 - 43
  1. I speak in understanding: y’ are; I know’t.
  2. Therefore I do advise you take this note:
  3. My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk’d,
  4. And more convenient is he for my hand
  5. Than for your lady’s. You may gather more.
  6. If you do find him, pray you give him this;
  7. And when your mistress hears thus much from you,
  8. I pray desire her call her wisdom to her.
  9. So fare you well.
  10. If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,
  11. Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.

Oswald

44 - 45
  1. Would I could meet him, madam! I should show
  2. What party I do follow.

Regan

46
  1.                         Fare thee well.
  1. Exeunt.
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