King Lear


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Regan and Oswald
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count


REGAN

But are my brother's powers set forth?


OSWALD

                         Ay, madam.


REGAN

Himself in person there?
ado (n.) fuss, business, to-do


OSWALD

                         Madam, with much ado.

Your sister is the better soldier.


REGAN

Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?


OSWALD

No, madam.


REGAN

What might import my sister's letter to him?
import (v.) 1 signify, mean, suggest


OSWALD

I know not, lady.


REGAN

Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
post (v.) 1 hasten, speed, ride fast

It was great ignorance, Gloucester's eyes being out,
ignorance (n.) 1 negligence, obtuseness, lack of understanding

To let him live. Where he arrives he moves

All hearts against us. Edmund, I think, is gone,

In pity of his misery, to dispatch
dispatch, despatch (v.) 2 deprive, dispossess

His nighted life – moreover to descry
descry (v.) 1 catch sight of, make out, espy, discover
nighted (adj.) 2 blacked-out, overtaken by night

The strength o'th' enemy.


OSWALD

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


REGAN

Our troops set forth tomorrow; stay with us.

The ways are dangerous.


OSWALD

                         I may not, madam.

My lady charged my duty in this business.
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin


REGAN

Why should she write to Edmund? Might not you

Transport her purposes by word? Belike –
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Some things – I know not what – I'll love thee much –

Let me unseal the letter.


OSWALD

                         Madam, I had rather –


REGAN

I know your lady does not love her husband –

I am sure of that – and at her late being here
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before

She gave strange oeillades and most speaking looks
oeillade (n.) [pron: 'iliad, uh'yahd] ] amorous glance, look of love, ogle

To noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosom.
bosom, of one's in one's confidence, entrusted with one's secrets


OSWALD

I, madam?


REGAN

I speak in understanding. Y'are; I know't.
understanding (n.) 1 knowledge, awareness

Therefore I do advise you take this note:

My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talked,

And more convenient is he for my hand
convenient (adj.) fitting, suitable, appropriate

Than for your lady's. You may gather more.
gather (v.) 1 infer, work out [for oneself], guess at

If you do find him, pray you give him this;

And when your mistress hears thus much from you,

I pray desire her call her wisdom to her.

So fare you well.

If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,

Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.
preferment (n.) advancement, promotion


OSWALD

Would I could meet him, madam! I should show

What party I do follow.


REGAN

                         Fare thee well.

Exeunt

 
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