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Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- 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.

Note to King Lear, 1.1.123: "set my rest"


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King Lear,
Act 1, Scene 1, line 123
"Set my rest" is a phrase used when playing the card game Primero, a forerunner of poker. It means "I'm betting everything on this one hand," so what Lear is saying is that he had planned to depend totally upon Cordelia, his favorite, in his declining years.





Primero
Card Players by Lucas Van Leyden