Note to King Lear, 1.1.83


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our last and least: As the youngest ("last") child, Cordelia would be the least likely to inherit Lear's throne, but I don't know if that's why he calls her "least." Maybe she is simply small. Perhaps she was played by the same small boy who played Maria in Twelfth Night.