King Lear

KL I.i.1 
Enter Kent, Gloucester, and Edmund
affect (v.) 1 incline to, like, favour, be drawn to

 

KENT

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I thought the King had more affected the Duke of

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Albany than Cornwall.

 

GLOUCESTER

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It did always seem so to us. But now in the

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division of the kingdom it appears not which of the

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Dukes he values most, for qualities are so weighed that
quality (n.) 2 accomplishment, capacity, ability

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curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.
curiosity (n.) scrupulousness, fastidiousness, painstaking attention to detail
moiety (n.) 1 share, portion, part

 

KENT

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Is not this your son, my lord?

 

GLOUCESTER

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His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge.
breeding (n.) 1 raising, upbringing
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay

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I have so often blushed to acknowledge him that now I

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am brazed to it.
brass, braze (v.) harden (like brass)

 

KENT

KL I.i.11 
I cannot conceive you.
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow

 

GLOUCESTER

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Sir, this young fellow's mother could;

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whereupon she grew round-wombed, and had indeed,

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sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her

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bed. Do you smell a fault?
fault (n.) 1 sin, offence, crime

 

KENT

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I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s)

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so proper.
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely

 

GLOUCESTER

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But I have a son, sir, by order of law, some
order (n.) 2 prescribed practice, regular procedure

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year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account.

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Though this knave came something saucily to the world,
knave (n.) 3 boy, lad, fellow
saucily (adv.) presumptuously, cheekily, impudently
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather

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before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there

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was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be
sport (n.) 3 sexual recreation, intercourse, amorous dalliance
whoreson (n.) [son of a whore; serious or jocular term of abuse] fellow, bastard

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acknowledged. Do you know this noble gentleman,

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Edmund?

 

EDMUND

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No, my lord.

 

GLOUCESTER

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My lord of Kent. Remember him hereafter

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as my honourable friend.

 

EDMUND

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My services to your lordship.
service (n.) 4 respect, duty, esteem

 

KENT

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I must love you and sue to know you better.
sue (v.) 1 beg, plead, beseech

 

EDMUND

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Sir, I shall study deserving.
deserving (n.) 1 worthiness, desert, merit

 

GLOUCESTER

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He hath been out nine years, and away he
out (adv.) 12 away from home, abroad

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shall again. The King is coming.

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Sound a sennet. Enter one bearing a coronet

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Enter King Lear, Cornwall, Albany, Gonerill, Regan,

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Cordelia, and attendants

 

LEAR

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Attend the lords of France and Burgundy,
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
coronet (n.) 1 small crown [inferior to one worn by the sovereign]

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Gloucester

 

GLOUCESTER

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I shall, my liege.

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Exeunt Gloucester and Edmund

 

LEAR

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Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.
dark (adj.) 3 undivulged, secret, unrevealed
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan

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Give me the map there. Know that we have divided

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In three our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent
fast (adj.) 2 firm, fixed, definite
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim

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To shake all cares and business from our age,

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Conferring them on younger strengths, while we

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Unburdened crawl toward death. Our son of Cornwall –

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And you, our no less loving son of Albany –

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We have this hour a constant will to publish
constant (adj.) 2 settled, resolved, decided
publish (v.) 1 announce, make public, make generally known
will (n.) 4 intent, purpose, design

KL I.i.44 
Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

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May be prevented now. The princes, France and Burgundy,
prevent (v.) 2 take steps to thwart, avoid by prompt action

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Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love,
great (adj.) 3 valiant, noble, honourable

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Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn,
sojourn (n.) visit, temporary stay

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And here are to be answered. Tell me, my daughters,

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Since now we will divest us both of rule,
both (adv.) the following set [of nouns - not restricted to two]

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Interest of territory, cares of state,
interest (n.) 1 valid claim [on], rights of possession [to]
state (n.) 10 government, ruling body, administration

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Which of you shall we say doth love us most,

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That we our largest bounty may extend
large (adj.) 1 generous, bountiful, liberal, lavish

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Where nature doth with merit challenge. Gonerill,

KL I.i.54 
Our eldest born, speak first.

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.55 
Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter,
matter (n.) 2 significance, import, meaning
wield (v.) express, utter, speak

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Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty,
space (n.) 3 freedom from captivity; or: possession of property

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Beyond what can be valued rich or rare,

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No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour,

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As much as child e'er loved or father found;

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A love that makes breath poor and speech unable;
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice
unable (adj.) 2 inadequate, insufficient, incompetent

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Beyond all manner of ‘ so much ’ I love you.

  

CORDELIA

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(aside)

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What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent.

 

LEAR

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Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
bound (n.) 2 territory, region, domain

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With shadowy forests and with champains riched,
champain, champaign (n./adj.) expanse of open countryside
shadowy (adj.) shady, shaded

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With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads,
mead (n.) meadow
wide-skirted (adj.) with wide borders, widely spread out

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We make thee lady. To thine and Albany's issues
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant

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Be this perpetual. – What says our second daughter,

KL I.i.68 
Our dearest Regan, wife of Cornwall?

 

REGAN

KL I.i.69 
I am made of the self metal as my sister
mettle, mettell (n.) 1 spirit, temperament, disposition
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact

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And prize me at her worth. In my true heart
price (v.) evaluate, value, prize

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I find she names my very deed of love;
deed (n.) performance, action
name (v.) 1 give particulars of, speak about, describe

KL I.i.72 
Only she comes too short, that I profess
profess (v.) 1 declare, avow, affirm

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Myself an enemy to all other joys

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Which the most precious square of sense possesses,
sense (n.) 3 feeling, sensibility, capacity to feel
square (n.) 2 rule, canon; or: proper constitution, normal condition

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And find I am alone felicitate
felicitate (adj.) made happy, joyful, ecstatic

KL I.i.76.1 
In your dear highness' love.

  

CORDELIA

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(aside)

KL I.i.76.2 
                         Then poor Cordelia!

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And yet not so, since I am sure my love's

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More ponderous than my tongue.
ponderous (adj.) weighty, substantial, profound
tongue (n.) 1 speech, expression, language, words, voice

 

LEAR

KL I.i.79 
To thee and thine hereditary ever

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Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom,

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No less in space, validity, and pleasure
validity (n.) 1 value, worth, estimation

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Than that conferred on Gonerill. – Now, our joy,

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Although our last and least, to whose young love

KL I.i.84 
The vines of France and milk of Burgundy

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Strive to be interessed; what can you say to draw
draw (v.) 2 take up, receive, collect
interess (v.) admit, give a share, lay claim

KL I.i.86 
A third more opulent than your sisters'? Speak!

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.87 
Nothing, my lord.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.88 
Nothing?

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.89 
Nothing.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.90 
Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.

 

CORDELIA

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Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave

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My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty

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According to my bond, no more nor less.
bond (n.) 2 duty, commitment, obligation

 

LEAR

KL I.i.94 
How, how, Cordelia! Mend your speech a little
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right

KL I.i.95.1 
Lest you may mar your fortunes.
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.95.2 
                         Good my lord,

KL I.i.96 
You have begot me, bred me, loved me.
beget (v.), past form begot 1 give birth to, father, conceive

KL I.i.97 
I return those duties back as are right fit,
fit (adj.) 1 suited, fitting, appropriate
right (adv.) 1 very, altogether, properly

KL I.i.98 
Obey you, love you, and most honour you.

KL I.i.99 
Why have my sisters husbands, if they say

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They love you all? Haply when I shall wed,
all (adv.) 1 exclusively, totally, altogether
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck

KL I.i.101 
That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
plight (n.) 2 pledge, promise, marriage-vow

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Half my love with him, half my care and duty.

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Sure I shall never marry like my sisters,

KL I.i.104 
To love my father all.
all (adv.) 1 exclusively, totally, altogether

 

LEAR

KL I.i.105.1 
But goes thy heart with this?

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.105.2 
                         Ay, my good lord.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.106 
So young, and so untender?
untender (adj.) ungentle, unkind; or: unyielding

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.107 
So young, my lord, and true.
true (adj.) 2 constant, faithful in love

 

LEAR

KL I.i.108 
Let it be so! Thy truth then be thy dower!
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife

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For by the sacred radiance of the sun,

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The mysteries of Hecat and the night,

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By all the operation of the orbs
operation (n.) 1 effect, force, influence, power
orb (n.) 1 sphere, planet, star, heavenly body

KL I.i.112 
From whom we do exist, and cease to be,

KL I.i.113 
Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
disclaim (v.) disown, repudiate, renounce [connection with]

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Propinquity and property of blood,
blood (n.) 6 blood relationship, kinship
propinquity (n.) close kinship, blood relationship

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And as a stranger to my heart and me

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Hold thee from this for ever. The barbarous Scythian,

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Or he that makes his generation messes
generation (n.) 1 family, progeny
mess (n.) 4 serving of food, dish

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To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom

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Be as well neighboured, pitied, and relieved
neighbour (v.) be close, be well acquainted [with]

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As thou my sometime daughter.
sometime (adj.) former, previous

 

KENT

KL I.i.120.2 
                         Good my liege –

 

LEAR

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Peace, Kent!

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Come not between the dragon and his wrath.

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I loved her most, and thought to set my rest
rest (n.) 1 [period of] peace, calm, repose
set up one's rest (n.) [in primero] venture one's final stake, stake all

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On her kind nursery. (To Cordelia) Hence and avoid my sight! –

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So be my grave my peace as here I give

KL I.i.126 
Her father's heart from her. Call France! Who stirs?
stir (v.) 3 bestir, move, get going

KL I.i.127 
Call Burgundy! Cornwall and Albany,

KL I.i.128 
With my two daughters' dowers digest the third.
digest, disgest (v.) 2 take in, incorporate, assimilate
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife

KL I.i.129 
Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her.
plainness (n.) plain-speaking, openness, frankness

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I do invest you jointly with my power,
power (n.) 3 authority, government

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Pre-eminence, and all the large effects
effect (n.) 3 sign, mark, token, manifestation
large (adj.) 1 generous, bountiful, liberal, lavish

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That troop with majesty. Ourself by monthly course,
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
troop with (v.) go along with, be associated with, accompany

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With reservation of an hundred knights,
reservation (n.) 1 keeping back, leaving aside

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By you to be sustained, shall our abode

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Make with you by due turn. Only we shall retain
only (adv.) 2 as a sole exception, excepting

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The name and all th' addition to a king; the sway,
addition (n.) 3 external honour, distinctive style
sway (n.) 3 position of authority, powerful office

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Revenue, execution of the rest,
execution (n.) 1 action, performance, doing

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Beloved sons, be yours; which to confirm,

KL I.i.139.1 
This coronet part between you.
coronet (n.) 1 small crown [inferior to one worn by the sovereign]

 

KENT

KL I.i.139.2 
                         Royal Lear,

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Whom I have ever honoured as my king,

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Loved as my father, as my master followed,

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As my great patron thought on in my prayers –

 

LEAR

KL I.i.143 
The bow is bent and drawn; make from the shaft.
make from (v.) [unclear meaning] avoid, beware; or: let go, release

 

KENT

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Let it fall rather, though the fork invade
fork (n.) 2 barbed arrow-head

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The region of my heart. Be Kent unmannerly

KL I.i.146 
When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old man?

KL I.i.147 
Think'st thou that duty shall have dread to speak
power (n.) 3 authority, government

KL I.i.148 
When power to flattery bows? To plainness honour's bound
plainness (n.) plain-speaking, openness, frankness

KL I.i.149 
When majesty stoops to folly. Reserve thy state,
reserve (v.) preserve, retain, keep
state (n.) 6 kingship, majesty, sovereignty

KL I.i.150 
And in thy best consideration check
check (v.) 2 restrain, stop, hold back

KL I.i.151 
This hideous rashness. Answer my life my judgement,
answer (v.) 4 suffer the consequences [for], be accountable [for]
judgement (n.) 1 opinion, estimation, assessment

KL I.i.152 
Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least,

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Nor are those empty-hearted whose low sounds

KL I.i.154.1 
Reverb no hollowness.
hollowness (n.) insincerity, hypocrisy, lip-service
reverb (v.) reverberate, re-echo, resound

 

LEAR

KL I.i.154.2 
                         Kent, on thy life, no more!

 

KENT

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My life I never held but as a pawn
pawn (n.) pledge, surety, forfeit

KL I.i.156 
To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it,
wage (v.) 2 stake, hazard

KL I.i.157.1 
Thy safety being motive.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.157.2 
                         Out of my sight!

 

KENT

KL I.i.158 
See better, Lear, and let me still remain
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually

KL I.i.159 
The true blank of thine eye.
blank (n.) 1 bull's-eye, target centre; or: line of sight

 

LEAR

KL I.i.160.1 
Now by Apollo –

 

KENT

KL I.i.160.2 
                         Now by Apollo, King,

KL I.i.161.1 
Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.
miscreant (n.) 2 unbeliever, heretic
vassal (n.) 1 servant, slave, subject

 

LEAR

KL I.i.161.2 
                         O, vassal, miscreant!

KL I.i.162 
He makes to strike him
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist

 

ALBANY and CORNWALL

KL I.i.162 
Dear sir, forbear!

 

KENT

KL I.i.163 
Kill thy physician and thy fee bestow
bestow (v.) 1 give, provide, grant

KL I.i.164 
Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift,
disease (n.) 3 mental illness, disturbance of mind

KL I.i.165 
Or whilst I can vent clamour from my throat
clamor, clamour (n.) protest, complaint, outcry
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim

KL I.i.166.1 
I'll tell thee thou dost evil.
recreant (n.) 3 heretic, unbeliever, apostate

 

LEAR

KL I.i.166.2 
                         Hear me, recreant,

KL I.i.167 
On thine allegiance hear me!

KL I.i.168 
Since thou hast sought to make us break our vow,

KL I.i.169 
Which we durst never yet, and with strained pride
strained (adj.) 2 unnatural, excessive, exorbitant

KL I.i.170 
To come betwixt our sentence and our power,
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action
sentence (n.) 2 pronouncement, authoritative decision

KL I.i.171 
Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank

KL I.i.172 
Our potency made good, take thy reward.
make good 3 hold, secure, make sure of
potency (n.) power, authority, command

KL I.i.173 
Five days we do allot thee for provision

KL I.i.174 
To shield thee from disasters of the world,

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And on the sixth to turn thy hated back

KL I.i.176 
Upon our kingdom. If on the tenth day following

KL I.i.177 
Thy banished trunk be found in our dominions
dominion (n.) land, territory, province
trunk (n.) body, form, frame

KL I.i.178 
The moment is thy death. Away! By Jupiter,

KL I.i.179 
This shall not be revoked!

 

KENT

KL I.i.180 
Fare thee well, King, sith thus thou wilt appear,

KL I.i.181 
Freedom lives hence and banishment is here.

KL I.i.182 
(To Cordelia)

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The gods to their dear shelter take thee, maid,

KL I.i.183 
That justly think'st and hast most rightly said.

KL I.i.184 
(To Gonerill and Regan)
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate
large (adj.) 5 grandiose, impressive sounding

KL I.i.184 
And your large speeches may your deeds approve

KL I.i.185 
That good effects may spring from words of love. –
effect (n.) 1 result, end, outcome, fulfilment

KL I.i.186 
Thus Kent, O princes, bids you all adieu;

KL I.i.187 
He'll shape his old course in a country new.
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding

KL I.i.187 
Exit

KL I.i.188.1 
Flourish. Enter Gloucester with France and Burgundy,

KL I.i.188.2 
and attendants

 

GLOUCESTER

KL I.i.188 
Here's France and Burgundy, my noble lord.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.189 
My lord of Burgundy,

KL I.i.190 
We first address toward you, who with this king
address (v.) 4 make a formal address

KL I.i.191 
Hath rivalled for our daughter: what in the least
rival (v.) act as a rival, compete

KL I.i.192 
Will you require in present dower with her
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife

KL I.i.193.1 
Or cease your quest of love?

 

BURGUNDY

KL I.i.193.2 
                         Most royal majesty,

KL I.i.194 
I crave no more than hath your highness offered,
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request

KL I.i.195.1 
Nor will you tender less.
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present

 

LEAR

KL I.i.195.2 
                         Right noble Burgundy,

KL I.i.196 
When she was dear to us we did hold her so;

KL I.i.197 
But now her price is fallen. Sir, there she stands;

KL I.i.198 
If aught within that little-seeming substance,
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing
little-seeming (adj.) [difficult meaning] of no account; or: who refuses to acknowledge appearances

KL I.i.199 
Or all of it, with our displeasure pieced,
piece (v.) 1 add to, join to, augment

KL I.i.200 
And nothing more, may fitly like your grace,
fitly (adv.) 1 justly, fittingly, aptly
like (v.) 1 please, suit

KL I.i.201.1 
She's there and she is yours.

 

BURGUNDY

KL I.i.201.2 
                         I know no answer.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.202 
Will you with those infirmities she owes,
infirmity (n.) 1 defect, flaw, weakness
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have

KL I.i.203 
Unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,
unfriended (adj.) deprived of a friend, friendless

KL I.i.204 
Dowered with our curse and strangered with our oath,
dower (v.) give a dower to, endow
stranger (v.) make a stranger to, disown, alienate

KL I.i.205.1 
Take her or leave her?

 

BURGUNDY

KL I.i.205.2 
                         Pardon me, royal sir,

KL I.i.206 
Election makes not up in such conditions.
election (n.) choice, preference
make up (v.) 4 reconcile, settle, arrange

 

LEAR

KL I.i.207 
Then leave her, sir, for, by the power that made me,
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities

KL I.i.208 
I tell you all her wealth. (To France) For you, great king,

KL I.i.209 
I would not from your love make such a stray

KL I.i.210 
To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you

KL I.i.211 
T' avert your liking a more worthier way
avert (v.) redirect, turn away

KL I.i.212 
Than on a wretch whom Nature is ashamed

KL I.i.213.1 
Almost t' acknowledge hers.

 

FRANCE

KL I.i.213.2 
                         This is most strange,

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That she whom even but now was your best object,

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The argument of your praise, balm of your age,
argument (n.) 3 subject, point, theme, target

KL I.i.216 
The best, the dearest, should in this trice of time
trice (n.) 1 brief period, moment, instant

KL I.i.217 
Commit a thing so monstrous to dismantle
dismantle (v.) 1 strip off, remove, take away

KL I.i.218 
So many folds of favour. Sure her offence
sure (adv.) 2 surely, assuredly, certainly

KL I.i.219 
Must be of such unnatural degree
degree (n.) 4 measure, extent, amount
unnatural (adj.) 2 abnormal, monstrous, aberrant

KL I.i.220 
That monsters it; or your fore-vouched affection
fore-vouched (adj.) previously declared, earlier affirmed
monster (v.) 1 make a monster of

KL I.i.221 
Fall into taint; which to believe of her
taint (n.) 2 discredit, doubt, dispute

KL I.i.222 
Must be a faith that reason without miracle

KL I.i.223.1 
Could never plant in me.

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.223.2 
                         I yet beseech your majesty –

KL I.i.224 
If for I want that glib and oily art

KL I.i.225 
To speak and purpose not, since what I well intend
purpose (v.) 2 intend to do, resolve to act
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without

KL I.i.226 
I'll do't before I speak – that you make known

KL I.i.227 
It is no vicious blot, murder or foulness,
foulness (n.) 2 immorality, impurity, depravity
vicious (adj.) 3 caused by vice, immoral, depraved

KL I.i.228 
No unchaste action or dishonoured step
dishonoured (adj.) dishonourable, dishonouring, shameful

KL I.i.229 
That hath deprived me of your grace and favour,

KL I.i.230 
But even for want of that for which I am richer:
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

KL I.i.231 
A still-soliciting eye and such a tongue
still-soliciting (adj.) always begging, forever looking for favours

KL I.i.232 
As I am glad I have not, though not to have it

KL I.i.233.1 
Hath lost me in your liking.
lose (v.) 6 ruin the reputation of, destroy the credibility of

 

LEAR

KL I.i.233.2 
                         Better thou

KL I.i.234 
Hadst not been born than not t' have pleased me better.

 

FRANCE

KL I.i.235 
Is it but this, a tardiness in nature
tardiness (n.) reserve, reticence, hesitancy

KL I.i.236 
Which often leaves the history unspoke
history (n.) 1 story, tale, narrative

KL I.i.237 
That it intends to do? My lord of Burgundy,

KL I.i.238 
What say you to the lady? Love's not love

KL I.i.239 
When it is mingled with regards that stands
regard (n.) 2 consideration, respect, factor

KL I.i.240 
Aloof from th' entire point. Will you have her?

KL I.i.241.1 
She is herself a dowry.

 

BURGUNDY

KL I.i.241.2 
                         Royal Lear,

KL I.i.242 
Give but that portion which yourself proposed
portion (n.) 1 dowry, marriage gift, settlement

KL I.i.243 
And here I take Cordelia by the hand,

KL I.i.244 
Duchess of Burgundy.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.245 
Nothing! I have sworn; I am firm.

 

BURGUNDY

KL I.i.246 
(to Cordelia)

KL I.i.246 
I am sorry then you have so lost a father

KL I.i.247.1 
That you must lose a husband.

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.247.2 
                         Peace be with Burgundy!

KL I.i.248 
Since that respect and fortunes are his love,
respect (n.) 4 esteem, status, honour

KL I.i.249 
I shall not be his wife.

 

FRANCE

KL I.i.250 
Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being poor,

KL I.i.251 
Most choice, forsaken; and most loved, despised,

KL I.i.252 
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon.
seize, seize upon (v.) [legal] take possession of, take hold of

KL I.i.253 
Be it lawful I take up what's cast away.

KL I.i.254 
Gods, gods! 'Tis strange that from their cold'st neglect

KL I.i.255 
My love should kindle to inflamed respect.
inflamed (adj.) 1 fervent, glowing, ardent
respect (n.) 3 regard, admiration, favour, opinion

KL I.i.256 
Thy dowerless daughter, King, thrown to my chance,
dowerless (adj.) lacking a dowry

KL I.i.257 
Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France.

KL I.i.258 
Not all the dukes of waterish Burgundy
waterish (adj.) abounding in water; also: wishy-washy, watered down

KL I.i.259 
Can buy this unprized-precious maid of me.
unprized-precious (adj.) highly valued though offered for no price, priceless

KL I.i.260 
Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind.

KL I.i.261 
Thou losest here, a better where to find.

 

LEAR

KL I.i.262 
Thou hast her, France; let her be thine, for we

KL I.i.263 
Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see

KL I.i.264 
That face of hers again. Therefore be gone,

KL I.i.265 
Without our grace, our love, our benison!
benison (n.) blessing, benediction

KL I.i.266 
Come, noble Burgundy.

KL I.i.267.1 
Flourish. Exeunt Lear, Burgundy, Cornwall, Albany,

KL I.i.267.2 
Gloucester, and attendants

 

FRANCE

KL I.i.267 
Bid farewell to your sisters.

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.268 
The jewels of our father, with washed eyes

KL I.i.269 
Cordelia leaves you. I know you what you are;

KL I.i.270 
And, like a sister, am most loath to call

KL I.i.271 
Your faults as they are named. Love well our father!

KL I.i.272 
To your professed bosoms I commit him.
professed (adj.) with avowed affection, displaying openly declared love

KL I.i.273 
But yet, alas, stood I within his grace,

KL I.i.274 
I would prefer him to a better place.

KL I.i.275 
So farewell to you both.

 

REGAN

KL I.i.276.1 
Prescribe not us our duty.
study (n.) 1 aim, object, purpose

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.276.2 
                         Let your study

KL I.i.277 
Be to content your lord, who hath received you
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy

KL I.i.278 
At Fortune's alms. You have obedience scanted,
scant (v.) 1 neglect, stint, withhold

KL I.i.279 
And well are worth the want that you have wanted.
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

 

CORDELIA

KL I.i.280 
Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides;
plighted (adj.) 2 folded, hidden; also: solemnly pledged
unfold (v.) 2 identify, disclose, reveal

KL I.i.281 
Who covers faults, at last with shame derides.

KL I.i.282.1 
Well may you prosper!

 

FRANCE

KL I.i.282.2 
                         Come, my fair Cordelia.

KL I.i.282 
Exeunt France and Cordelia

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.283 
Sister, it is not little I have to say of what most

KL I.i.284 
nearly appertains to us both. I think our father will
appertain (v.) pertain, relate
nearly (adv.) closely, particularly, especially

KL I.i.285 
hence tonight.

 

REGAN

KL I.i.286 
That's most certain, and with you; next month

KL I.i.287 
with us.

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.288 
You see how full of changes his age is. The
change (n.) 4 change of mind, changeableness, caprice

KL I.i.289 
observation we have made of it hath not been little. He

KL I.i.290 
always loved our sister most; and with what poor judgement

KL I.i.291 
he hath now cast her off appears too grossly.
grossly (adv.) 1 openly, blatantly, brazenly

 

REGAN

KL I.i.292 
'Tis the infirmity of his age. Yet he hath ever but

KL I.i.293 
slenderly known himself.
slenderly (adv.) poorly, inadequately, to a slight extent

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.294 
The best and soundest of his time hath been
time (n.) 3 lifetime, life

KL I.i.295 
but rash. Then must we look from his age to receive not
look (v.) 1 expect, anticipate, hope, await the time

KL I.i.296 
alone the imperfections of long-ingraffed condition, but
long-ingraffed (adj.) long-implanted, long-engrafted, habitual

KL I.i.297 
therewithal the unruly waywardness that infirm and
waywardness (n.) perversity, wrong-headedness, capriciousness

KL I.i.298 
choleric years bring with them.
choleric (adj.) 1 inclined to anger, hot-tempered, irascible

 

REGAN

KL I.i.299 
Such unconstant starts are we like to have from
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
start (n.) 2 outburst, eruption, fit, reaction
unconstant (adj.) changeable, fickle, unpredictable

KL I.i.300 
him as this of Kent's banishment.

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.301 
There is further compliment of leave-taking
compliment, complement (n.) 2 ceremony, etiquette, protocol

KL I.i.302 
between France and him. Pray you, let us hit together.
hit (v.) 3 agree, be in accord; or: strive, aim

KL I.i.303 
If our father carry authority with such disposition as he
carry (v.) 11 wield, exercise, exert
disposition (n.) 3 inclination, mood, frame of mind

KL I.i.304 
bears, this last surrender of his will but offend us.
offend (v.) 1 harm, hurt, pain
surrender (n.) giving up, resignation [of power]

 

REGAN

KL I.i.305 
We shall further think of it.

 

GONERILL

KL I.i.306 
We must do something, and i'th' heat.
heat, in the while feeling heated, while worked up

KL I.i.306 
Exeunt

 
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