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  • Title: King Lear (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Michael Best
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-463-9

    Copyright Michael Best. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Michael Best
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    King Lear (Folio 1, 1623)

    Scena Tertia.
    Enter Gonerill, and Steward.
    Gon. Did my Father strike my Gentleman for chi-
    ding of his Foole?
    Ste. I Madam.
    510Gon. By day and night, he wrongs me, euery howre
    He flashes into one grosse crime, or other,
    That sets vs all at ods: Ile not endure it;
    His Knights grow riotous,and himselfe vpbraides vs
    On euery trifle. When he returnes from hunting,
    515I will not speake with him, say I am sicke,
    If you come slacke of former seruices,
    You shall do well, the fault of it Ile answer.
    Ste. He's comming Madam, I heare him.
    Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please,
    520You and your Fellowes: I'de haue it come to question;
    If he distaste it, let him to my Sister,
    Whose mind and mine I know in that are one,
    Remember what I haue said.
    Ste. Well Madam.
    525Gon. And let his Knights haue colder lookes among
    you: what growes of it no matter, aduise your fellowes
    so, Ile write straight to my Sister to hold my course; pre-
    pare for dinner.