Act IV, Scene 5 Gloucester's castle.

Enter REGAN and OSWALD

 

REGAN But are my brother's powers set forth?
OSWALD Ay, madam.
REGAN Himself in person there?
OSWALD Madam, with much ado:
Your sister is the better soldier.
REGAN Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?
OSWALD No, madam.
REGAN What might import my sister's letter to him?
OSWALD I know not, lady.
REGAN 'Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
It was great ignorance, Gloucester's eyes being out,
To let him live: where he arrives he moves
All hearts against us: Edmund, I think, is gone,
In pity of his misery, to dispatch
His nighted life: moreover, to descry
The strength o' the enemy.
OSWALD I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.
REGAN Our troops set forth to-morrow: stay with us;
The ways are dangerous.
OSWALD I may not, madam:
My lady charged my duty in this business.
REGAN Why should she write to Edmund? Might not you
Transport her purposes by word? Belike,
Something--I know not what: I'll love thee much,
Let me unseal the letter.
OSWALD Madam, I had rather--
REGAN I know your lady does not love her husband;
I am sure of that: and at her late being here
She gave strange oeillades and most speaking looks
To noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosom.
OSWALD I, madam?
REGAN I speak in understanding; you are; I know't:
Therefore I do advise you, take this note:
My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk'd;
And more convenient is he for my hand
Than for your lady's: you may gather more.
If you do find him, pray you, give him this;
And when your mistress hears thus much from you,
I pray, desire her call her wisdom to her.
So, fare you well.
If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,
Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.
OSWALD Would I could meet him, madam! I should show
What party I do follow.
REGAN Fare thee well.
  [Exeunt]

 

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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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