Note to King Lear, 1.1.280


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Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides: i.e., time will reveal what is now concealed under cunning folds. —The word "plighted" means "pleated" or "enfolded," but it also means "promised" or "vowed," as in the phrase "plighted troth." Both meanings are applicable to Goneril's hypocritical professions of affection for her father.