King Lear

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Enter Kent and a Gentleman KL IV.iii.1
Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back KL IV.iii.1
know you no reason? KL IV.iii.2
Something he left imperfect in the state,imperfect (adj.)unfinished, incompleteKL IV.iii.3
which since his coming forth is thought of, which importsimport (v.)be of importance to, concern, matter toKL IV.iii.4
to the kingdom so much fear and danger that his KL IV.iii.5
personal return was most required and necessary.require (v.)request, ask, begKL IV.iii.6
Who hath he left behind him general? KL IV.iii.7
The Marshal of France, Monsieur La Far. KL IV.iii.8
Did your letters pierce the Queen to any demonstration KL IV.iii.9
of grief? KL IV.iii.10
Ay, sir; she took them, read them in my presence, KL IV.iii.11
And now and then an ample tear trilled downtrill (v.)roll, flow, streamKL IV.iii.12
Her delicate cheek. It seemed she was a queen KL IV.iii.13
Over her passion who, most rebel-like, KL IV.iii.14
Sought to be king o'er her. KL IV.iii.15.1
O, then it moved her? KL IV.iii.15.2
Not to a rage; patience and sorrow strovepatience (n.)endurance, fortitude, composureKL IV.iii.16
strive (v.)compete, contend, vie
rage (n.)violent outburst, furious passion
Who should express her goodliest. You have seenexpress (v.)show, reveal, displayKL IV.iii.17
goodly (adj.)good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely
Sunshine and rain at once; her smiles and tears KL IV.iii.18
Were like a better way; those happy smiletssmilet (n.)slight smileKL IV.iii.19
That played on her ripe lip seemed not to knowripe (adj.)red and full like ripe fruitKL IV.iii.20
What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence KL IV.iii.21
As pearls from diamonds dropped. In brief, KL IV.iii.22
Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved KL IV.iii.23
If all could so become it.become (v.)grace, honour, dignifyKL IV.iii.24.1
Made she no verbal question?question (n.)conversation, discourse, piece of talkKL IV.iii.24.2
Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of father KL IV.iii.25
Pantingly forth, as if it pressed her heart, KL IV.iii.26
Cried ‘ Sisters! Sisters! Shame of ladies! Sisters! KL IV.iii.27
Kent! Father! Sisters! – What, i'the storm? i'the night? KL IV.iii.28
Let pity not be believed!’ There she shook KL IV.iii.29
The holy water from her heavenly eyes, KL IV.iii.30
And clamour moistened; then away she startedstart (v.)hurry, rush, hastenKL IV.iii.31
clamor, clamour (n.)protest, complaint, outcry
To deal with grief alone. KL IV.iii.32.1
It is the stars, KL IV.iii.32.2
The stars above us govern our conditions.condition (n.)nature, state, circumstancesKL IV.iii.33
Else one self mate and make could not begetmate and makehusband and wifeKL IV.iii.34
self (adj.)same, selfsame, identical, exact
Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?issue (n.)child(ren), offspring, family, descendantKL IV.iii.35
No. KL IV.iii.36
Was this before the King returned? KL IV.iii.37.1
No, since. KL IV.iii.37.2
Well, sir, the poor distressed Lear's i'the town, KL IV.iii.38
Who sometime in his better tune rememberssometime (adv.)sometimes, now and thenKL IV.iii.39
tune (n.)state of mind, mood
What we are come about, and by no means KL IV.iii.40
Will yield to see his daughter. KL IV.iii.41.1
Why, good sir? KL IV.iii.41.2
A sovereign shame so elbows him; his own unkindnesselbow (v.)jostle, thrust back, crowd inKL IV.iii.42
sovereign (adj.)overpowering, unmitigated, extreme
That stripped her from his benediction, turned herbenediction (n.)blessing, happiness, prosperityKL IV.iii.43
To foreign casualties, gave her dear rightscasualty (n.)chance occurrence, uncertainty, precariousnessKL IV.iii.44
To his dog-hearted daughters – these things stingdog-hearted (adj.)cruel, callous, malevolentKL IV.iii.45
His mind so venomously that burning shame KL IV.iii.46
Detains him from Cordelia. KL IV.iii.47.1
Alack, poor gentleman! KL IV.iii.47.2
Of Albany's and Cornwall's powers you heard not?power (n.)armed force, troops, host, armyKL IV.iii.48
'Tis so. They are afoot. KL IV.iii.49
Well, sir, I'll bring you to our master Lear KL IV.iii.50
And leave you to attend him. Some dear causedear (adj.)important, major, significantKL IV.iii.51
attend (v.)serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
cause (n.)reason, motive, ground
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile. KL IV.iii.52
When I am known aright you shall not grieve KL IV.iii.53
Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you KL IV.iii.54
Go along with me. KL IV.iii.55
Exeunt KL IV.iii.55
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