King Lear

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Gloucester and Edmund with lights
unnatural (adj.) 1 against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship


Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural

dealing. When I desired their leave that I might

pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house,
pity (v.) be merciful to, assist

charged me on pain of perpetual displeasure neither to

speak of him, entreat for him, or any way sustain him.
entreat, intreat (v.) 3 negotiate, intervene, parley
sustain (v.) 4 provide for, furnish with necessities


Most savage and unnatural!


Go to. Say you nothing. There is division

between the Dukes; and a worse matter than that. I

have received a letter this night; 'tis dangerous to be

spoken; I have locked the letter in my closet. These injuries
closet (n.) 2 private repository for valuables, cabinet

the King now bears will be revenged home. There
home (adv.) 1 fully, thoroughly, unsparingly

is part of a power already footed. We must incline to the
foot (v.) 2 gain a foothold, land
incline to (v.) lean towards, favour, support
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

King. I will look him and privily relieve him. Go you
look (v.) 2 find, seek, look for
privily (adv.) secretly, privately, stealthily
relieve (v.) aid, assist, rescue

and maintain talk with the Duke, that my charity be not

of him perceived. If he ask for me, I am ill and gone to

bed. If I die for it, as no less is threatened me, the King

my old master must be relieved. There is strange things
relieve (v.) aid, assist, rescue

toward, Edmund. Pray you, be careful.
toward (adv.) impending, forthcoming, in preparation



This courtesy forbid thee shall the Duke

Instantly know, and of that letter too.

This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
deserving (n.) 2 reward, recompense, desert

That which my father loses – no less than all.

The younger rises when the old doth fall.


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