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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 3, Scene 3



           Enter GLOUCESTER and EDMUND.

      GLOUCESTER
  1   Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural
  2   dealing. When I desir'd their leave that I might
  3   pity him, they took from me the use of mine own
3. pity him: i.e., aid King Lear. they: i.e., Regan, Lear's second daughter, and her husband, the Duke of Cornwall.

  4   house; charged me, on pain of their perpetual
  5   displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for
  6   him, nor any way sustain him.

      EDMUND
  7   Most savage and unnatural!

      GLOUCESTER
  8   Go to; say you nothing. There's a division betwixt
8. Go to: an expletive —Here it seems to mean "Stop!"  say you nothing: i.e., don't say a word about it; it's dangerous.  >>>.

  9   the dukes; and a worse matter than that: I have
 10   received a letter this night; 'tis dangerous to be
 11   spoken; I have locked the letter in my closet:
11. closet: study, private room.

 12   these injuries the king now bears will be revenged
 13   home; there's part of a power already footed: we
13. home: thoroughly. power: armed force.

 14   must incline to the king. I will seek him, and
14. incline to the king: take the king's side.

 15   privily relieve him: go you and maintain talk with
15. privily relieve him: privately give him aid and comfort.

 16   the duke, that my charity be not of him perceiv'd.
 17   If he ask for me, I am ill, and gone to bed.
 18   Though I die for it, as no less is threatened me,
18. though I die: i.e., even if I die.

 19   the king my old master must be relieved. There is
19. relieved: helped.

 20   some strange thing toward, Edmund; pray you, be careful.
20. toward: coming.


           Exit.

      EDMUND
 21   This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke
21. courtesy: act of kindness. forbid: forbidden.

 22   Instantly know; and of that letter too:
 23   This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
23. This . . . deserving: i.e., betraying my father is something which should deserve a reward.

 24   That which my father loses; no less than all:
23-24. must draw . . . than all: must win myself all that my father loses, which will be everything he has.

 25   The younger rises when the old doth fall.

           Exit.