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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Pervez Rizvi
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King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)

Enter Gonorill and a Gentleman.
Gon. Did my Farher strike my gentleman for chiding of his
Gent. Yes Madam.
510Gon. By day and night he wrongs me,
Euery houre he flashes into one grosse crime or other,
That sets vs all at ods, Ile not endure it;
His knights grow riotous, and himselfe vpbraids 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.
Gent. Hee's comming Madam, I heare him.
Gon. Put on what weary negligence you please, you and your
520fellow-seruants, Ide haue it come in question, if he dislike it, let
him to our sister, whose minde & mine I know in that are one,
522.1not to be ouer-rulde; idle olde man that still would manage
those authorities that he hath giuen away, now by my life olde
fooles are babes againe, and must be vsed with checkes as flat-
teries, when they are seene abus'd, remember what I tell you.
Gent. Very well, Madam.
525Gon. And let his Knights haue colder lookes among you,
what growes of it no matter, aduise your fellowes so, I would
526.1breed from hence occasions, and I shall, that I may speake, Ile
write straight to my sister to hold my very course; goe prepare
for dinner. Exit.