King Lear : Act 1, Scene 3



           Enter GONERIL, and [OSWALD, her] steward.

      GONERIL
  1   Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his fool?

      OSWALD
  2   Yes, madam.

      GONERIL
  3   By day and night he wrongs me; every hour
crime offense
  4   He flashes into one gross crime or other,
That sets us all at odds i.e., that makes everyone start quarreling with one another
  5   That sets us all at odds: I'll not endure it:
  6   His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us
  7   On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,
  8   I will not speak with him; say I am sick:
come slack of former services do less than you used to do [for King Lear] | the fault of it I'll answer I'll take the blame for it
  9   If you come slack of former services,
 10   You shall do well; the fault of it I'll answer.

      OSWALD
 11   He's coming, madam; I hear him.

           [Hunting horns sound.]

      GONERIL
 12   Put on what weary negligence you please,
I'll have it come to question i.e., I want to confront him about it | distaste dislike | let him to our sister let him go to my sister [Regan]
 13   You and your fellows; I'll have it come to question:
 14   If he distaste it, let him to our sister,
 15   Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one,
 16   Not to be over-ruled. Idle old man,
Idle foolish, whimsical

 17   That still would manage those authorities
That ... away! i.e., who still thinks he can wield the power he has given away! must be used / With cheques as flatteries i.e., must be dealt with by means of rebukes, rather than with flatteries | when they are seen abus'd i.e., when it is clear that they are misguided

 18   That he hath given away! Now, by my life,
 19   Old fools are babes again; and must be used
 20   With cheques as flatteries,—when they are seen
                      abus'd.
 21   Remember what I tell you.

      OSWALD
 21                                                 Well, madam.

      GONERIL
 22   And let his knights have colder looks among you;
your fellows your fellow servants
 23   What grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows so:
occasions confrontations
 24   I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,
speak i.e., browbeat her father, King Lear | straight immediately | To hold my very course to do exactly as I do
 25   That I may speak: I'll write straight to my sister,
 26   To hold my very course. Prepare for dinner.

           Exeunt.