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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

King Lear : Act 2, Scene 3

Enter EDGAR: Kent is on stage, in stocks, and asleep. For us in the audience, he's not there; we're seeing Edgar somewhere near the "happy hollow of a tree."
           Enter EDGAR.

  1   I heard myself proclaim'd;
1. proclaim'd: declared an outlaw.

  2   And by the happy hollow of a tree
2. happy: handy, opportune.

  3   Escaped the hunt. No port is free; no place,
3. Escaped the hunt: >>>  No port is free: i.e., no walled town or seaport is open to me.

  4   That guard, and most unusual vigilance,
  5   Does not attend my taking. Whiles I may 'scape,
3-5. no place . . . my taking: i.e., in every place people are watching and waiting to take me prisoner.

  6   I will preserve myself: and am bethought
6. am bethought: am resolved; consider it best.

  7   To take the basest and most poorest shape
  8   That ever penury, in contempt of man,
8. penury: extreme poverty.

  9   Brought near to beast. My face I'll grime with filth,
 10   Blanket my loins, elf all my hair in knots;
10. elf all my hair in knots: tangle my hair into elflocks. >>>

 11   And with presented nakedness outface
11. presented: exposed.

 12   The winds and persecutions of the sky.
 13   The country gives me proof and precedent
10. proof: example.

 14   Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
14. Bedlam beggars: crazy beggars. >>>

 15   Strike in their numb'd and mortified arms
 16   Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary;
16. wooden pricks: skewers.

 17   And with this horrible object, from low farms,
17. object: spectacle; appearance.

 18   Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills,
 19   Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers,
19. bans: curses.  prayers: requests.

 20   Enforce their charity. Poor Turlygod! poor Tom!
20. Enforce their charity: give urgency to their pleas for charity.  Poor . . . Tom: >>>

 21   That's something yet. Edgar I nothing am.
21. Edgar I nothing am: I am no longer Edgar.