Note to King Lear, 1.4.102


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Act 1, Scene 4, line 102
banished two on's daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will: —Actually, Lear didn't banish two of his daughters; he rewarded the two oldest, Goneril and Regan, for loudly proclaiming their love for him. When his youngest daughter, Cordelia, wouldn't go along with the game of "who loves daddy the most" Lear disowned her, but she was claimed by the King of France as his queen. So the Fool has said the opposite of what the facts are, but exposed the truth; the two daughters that he rewarded act as spitefully as if they had been banished, and the daughter he tried to punish was blessed with the love of the King of France.