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King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Act 1, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



King Lear Act 1, Scene 3



The Duke of Albany's palace

King Lear Act 1, Scene 3

 

Enter GONERIL and her steward OSWALD

Enter GONERIL and her steward OSWALD

GONERIL

Did my father strike my gentleman

For chiding of his fool?

 

GONERIL

Did my father strike my gentleman

For chiding of his fool?

 

OSWALD

   Ay, madam.

 

OSWALD

   Ay, madam.

 

GONERIL

By day and night he wrongs me. Every hour

He flashes into one gross crime or other

That sets us all at odds. I値l not endure it.

His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us

On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,

I will not speak with him. Say I am sick.

If you come slack of former services,

You shall do well. The fault of it I値l answer.

 

GONERIL

By day and night he wrongs me. Every hour

He flashes into one gross crime or other

That sets us all at odds. I値l not endure it.

His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us

On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,

I will not speak with him. Say I am sick.

If you come slack of former services,

You shall do well. The fault of it I値l answer.

 

OSWALD

He痴 coming, madam. I hear him.

 

OSWALD

He痴 coming, madam. I hear him.

 

Hunting horns within

Hunting horns within

GONERIL

Put on what weary negligence you please,

You and your fellow servants. I値l have it come to question.

question=discussion

If he distaste it, let him to our sister,

let him=let him go

Whose mind and mine I know in that are one,

Not to be overruled. Idle old man

That still would manage those authorities

authorities=powers

That he hath given away! Now by my life,

Old fools are babes again and must be used

used=treated

With checks as flatteries, when they are seen abused.

as flatteries=as well as flatteries

Remember what I have said.

 

GONERIL

Put on what weary negligence you please,

You and your fellow servants. I値l have it come to question.

If he distaste it, let him to our sister,

Whose mind and mine I know in that are one,

Not to be overruled. Idle old man

That still would manage those authorities

That he hath given away! Now by my life,

Old fools are babes again and must be used

With checks as flatteries, when they are seen abused.

Remember what I have said.

 

OSWALD

     Very well, madam.

GONERIL

And let his knights have colder looks among you.

What grows of it, no matter. Advise your fellows so.

I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,

That I may speak (speak my mind). I値l write straight to my sister

To hold my very course. Go, prepare for dinner.

 

GONERIL

And let his knights have colder looks among you.

What grows of it, no matter. Advise your fellows so.

I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,

That I may speak. I値l write straight to my sister

To hold my very course. Go, prepare for dinner.

 

Exeunt severally

Exeunt severally

 

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