Note to King Lear, 2.2.9: "Lipsbury pinfold"


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Act 2, Scene 2, line 9

If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me:
     At the opening of the scene Oswald takes Kent for just another servant, not recognizing him as the man who punished him when he snubbed King Lear. (See 1.4.77-92.)
     In the present scene Kent has just told Oswald "I love thee not," and Oswald has replied, "Why, then, I care not for thee," meaning, "If you are going to be that way, I don't like you either." Kent's answer — "If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me" — means "If I had you between my teeth I would make you care about who I am."
     A pinfold is a pound for stray animals (usually a round stone enclosure); "Lipsbury" is Kent's invented place-name.
Pinfold Pound with Cone
Pinfold Pound with Cone
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Geog Port UK