Note to King Lear, 1.4.163


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Act 1, Scene 4, line 163
If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipt that first finds it so: —To me, this is puzzling. At first I thought that the Fool was trying to avoid being whipped for telling the truth, and was therefore saying, "If anyone thinks that I am speaking my real opinion, let him be whipped (not me)." But then I thought that perhaps the Fool was getting in a dig at anyone, especially King Lear, who would be so foolish as to think that the Fool was speaking only foolish nonsense. In that case, what he says could be paraphrased like this: "If anyone thinks I am speaking like what I appear to be, a fool, let him be whipped."