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King Lear
by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

The French camp near Dover

 

 

 

 



King Lear Act 4, Scene 3


 

King Lear Act 4 Scene 3

Enter KENT disguised and GENTLEMAN

Enter KENT disguised and GENTLEMAN

KENT

Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back know you the reason?

 

KENT

Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back know you the reason?

 

GENTLEMAN

Something he left imperfect in the state which, since his coming forth, is thought of; which imports to the kingdom so much fear and danger that his personal return was most required and necessary.

 

GENTLEMAN

Something he left imperfect in the state which, since his coming forth, is thought of; which imports to the kingdom so much fear and danger that his personal return was most required and necessary.

 

KENT

Whom hath he left behind him general?

 

KENT

Whom hath he left behind him general?

 

GENTLEMAN

The Marshal of France, Monsieur la Far.

 

GENTLEMAN

The Marshal of France, Monsieur la Far.

 

KENT

Did your letters pierce the queen (Cordelia) to any demonstration of grief?

 

KENT

Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief?

 

GENTLEMAN

Ay, sir. She took them, read them in my presence,

And now and then an ample tear trilled down

Her delicate cheek. It seemed she was a queen

Over her passion, who, most rebel-like,

Sought to be king o'er her.

 

GENTLEMAN

Ay, sir. She took them, read them in my presence,

And now and then an ample tear trilled down

Her delicate cheek. It seemed she was a queen

Over her passion, who, most rebel-like,

Sought to be king o'er her.

 

KENT

   O, then it moved her?

 

KENT

   O, then it moved her?

 

GENTLEMAN

Not to a rage. Patience and sorrow strove

Who should express her goodliest. You have seen

goodliest=the better of the two

Sunshine and rain at once—her smiles and tears

Were like a better way. Those happy smilets

That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know

What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence

guests=tears

As pearls from diamonds dropped. In brief,

Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved

If all could so become it.

 

GENTLEMAN

Not to a rage. Patience and sorrow strove

Who should express her goodliest. You have seen

Sunshine and rain at once—her smiles and tears

Were like a better way. Those happy smilets

That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know

What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence

As pearls from diamonds dropped. In brief,

Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved

If all could so become it.

 

KENT

   Made she no verbal question?

 

KENT

   Made she no verbal question?

 

GENTLEMAN

Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of “father”

Pantingly forth as if it pressed her heart,

Cried, “Sisters, sisters! Shame of ladies, sisters!

Kent, father, sisters! What, i' th' storm, i' th' night?

Let pity not be believed.” There she shook

(pity so extreme is not possible (?))

The holy water from her heavenly eyes,

And clamor moistened. Then away she started

clamor moistened=protest softened (?)

To deal with grief alone.

 

GENTLEMAN

Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of “father”

Pantingly forth as if it pressed her heart,

Cried, “Sisters, sisters! Shame of ladies, sisters!

Kent, father, sisters! What, i' th' storm, i' th' night?

Let pity not be believed.” There she shook

The holy water from her heavenly eyes,

And clamor moistened. Then away she started

To deal with grief alone.

 

KENT

   It is the stars,

The stars above us, govern our conditions.

Else one self mate-and-mate could not beget

(Lear could not father such different daughters)

Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?

 

KENT

   It is the stars,

The stars above us, govern our conditions.

Else one self mate and mate could not beget

Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?

 

GENTLEMAN

No.

 

GENTLEMAN

No.

 

KENT

Was this before the king (king of France) returned?

 

KENT

Was this before the king returned?

 

GENTLEMAN

     No, since.

 

GENTLEMAN

     No, since.

 

KENT

Well, sir, the poor distressèd Lear’s i' th' town,

Who sometime in his better tune remembers

in his better tune=in a more harmonious frame of mind

What we are come about, and by no means

Will yield to see his daughter.

 

KENT

Well, sir, the poor distressèd Lear’s i' th' town,

Who sometime in his better tune remembers

What we are come about, and by no means

Will yield to see his daughter.

 

GENTLEMAN

     Why, good sir?

 

GENTLEMAN

     Why, good sir?

 

KENT

A sovereign shame so elbows him. His own unkindness

That stripped her from his benediction turned her

To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights

casualties=uncertainties [and]

dear=valuable

To his dog-hearted daughters. These things sting

His mind so venomously that burning shame

Detains him from Cordelia.

 

KENT

A sovereign shame so elbows him. His own unkindness

That stripped her from his benediction turned her

To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights

To his dog-hearted daughters. These things sting

His mind so venomously that burning shame

Detains him from Cordelia.

 

GENTLEMAN

     Alack, poor gentleman!

 

GENTLEMAN

     Alack, poor gentleman!

 

KENT

Of Albany’s and Cornwall’s powers you heard not?

 

KENT

Of Albany’s and Cornwall’s powers you heard not?

 

GENTLEMAN

'Tis so. They are afoot.

 

GENTLEMAN

'Tis so. They are afoot.

 

KENT

Well, sir, I’ll bring you to our master Lear

And leave you to attend him. Some dear cause

Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.

When I am known aright you shall not grieve

grieve=regret

Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go

Along with me.

 

KENT

Well, sir, I’ll bring you to our master Lear

And leave you to attend him. Some dear cause

Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.

When I am known aright you shall not grieve

Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go

Along with me.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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