Act I, Scene 5 Court before the same.

Enter KING LEAR, KENT, and Fool

 

KING LEAR Go you before to Gloucester with these letters.
Acquaint my daughter no further with any thing you
know than comes from her demand out of the letter.
If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.
KENT I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered
your letter.
  [Exit]
Fool If a man's brains were in's heels, were't not in
danger of kibes?
KING LEAR Ay, boy.
Fool Then, I prithee, be merry; thy wit shall ne'er go
slip-shod.
KING LEAR Ha, ha, ha!
Fool Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly;
for though she's as like this as a crab's like an
apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.
KING LEAR Why, what canst thou tell, my boy?
Fool She will taste as like this as a crab does to a
crab. Thou canst tell why one's nose stands i'
the middle on's face?
KING LEAR No.
Fool Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's nose; that
what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into.
KING LEAR I did her wrong--
Fool Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
KING LEAR No.
Fool Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
KING LEAR Why?
Fool Why, to put his head in; not to give it away to his
daughters, and leave his horns without a case.
KING LEAR I will forget my nature. So kind a father! Be my
horses ready?
Fool Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the
seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
KING LEAR Because they are not eight?
Fool Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool.
KING LEAR To take 't again perforce! Monster ingratitude!
Fool If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'ld have thee beaten
for being old before thy time.
KING LEAR How's that?
Fool Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst
been wise.
KING LEAR O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven
Keep me in temper: I would not be mad!
  [Enter Gentleman]
  How now! are the horses ready?
Gentleman Ready, my lord.
KING LEAR Come, boy.
Fool She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.
  [Exeunt]

 

To see other scenes from the show:

Full Text Act III, Scene 3 Gloucester's castle./Act III, Scene 4 The heath. Before a hovel.
Act I, Scene 1 King Lear's palace Act III, Scene 5 Gloucester's castle./Act III, Scene 6 A chamber in a farmhouse adjoining the castle.
Act I, Scene 2 The Earl of Gloucester's castle. Act III, Scene 7 Gloucester's castle.
Act I, Scene 3 The Duke of Albany's palace. Act IV, Scene 1 The heath.
Act I, Scene 4 A hall in the same. Act IV, Scene 2 Before Albany's palace.
Act I, Scene 5 Court before the same. Act IV, Scene 3 The French camp near Dover./Act IV, Scene 4 The same. A tent.
Act II, Scene 1 Gloucester's castle. Act IV, Scene 5 Gloucester's castle.
Act II, Scene 2 Before Gloucester's castle. Act IV, Scene 6 Fields near Dover.
Act II, Scene 3 A wood./Act II, Scene 4 Before Gloucester's castle. Act IV, Scene 7 A tent in the French camp.
Act III, Scene 1 A heath. Act V, Scene 1 The British camp near Dover.
Act III, Scene 2 Another part of the heath. Act V, Scene 2 A field between the two camps./Act V, Scene 3 The British camp near Dover.

 

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