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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

LEAR, King of Britain.
KING OF FRANCE.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
DUKE OF CORNWALL.
DUKE OF ALBANY.
EARL OF KENT.
EARL OF GLOSTER,
EDGAR, Son to Gloster.
EDMUND, Bastard Son to Gloster.
CURAN, a Courtier.
OSWALD, Steward to Goneril.
Old Man, Tenant to Gloster.
Physician.
Fool.
An Officer, employed by. Edmund.
Gentleman, Attendant on Cordelia.
A Herald.
Servants to Cornwall.
GONERIL,
REGAN,

Daughters to Lear.
CORDELIA,
Knights of Lear's train, Officers, Messengers, Soldiers, and

Attendants.
SCENE, Britain.

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SCENE I.

ACT I.
A Room of State in KING LEAR'S Palace.
Enter KENT, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.

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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:

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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.

King Lear.

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