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LEAR, King of Britain.
Daughters to Lear.
Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the duke of Albany, than Cornwall.
Gloster. It did always seem so to us: but now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weighed, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.?
Kent. Is not this your son, my lord ?
Glos. His breeding, Sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blushed to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed 3 to it.
Kent. I cannot conceive you.
Glos. Sir, this young fellow's mother could;4 whereupon she grew round-wombed, and had, indeed, Sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?
Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.
Glos. But I have a son, Sir, by order of law, some year
elder 6 than this, who yet is no dearer in my account:
1. Scotland was anciently called | not determine in preferring one share Albany.
to the other. 2. Curiosity, scrupulousness, cap- 3. To braze, to harden to imputiousness; moiety strictly means half, dence. but Shakespeare commonly uses it for 4. i. e. could conceive: a play upon any part or division. The meaning the word. of the sentence is: The qualities and 5. A proper man
was a handsome properties of the several divisions are man, a well-proportioned man. so weighed and balanced against one 6. Some year elder, about a year another, that the exactest scrutiny could / older.