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An audience finds horror prevail over compassion , on Gloster's loss of his eyes : and though Dr. Johnson has vindicated this frightful incident , by saying , Shakspeare well knew what would please the audience for which he wrote ...
EARL of GLOSTER Mr. Packer . Mr. Hull . EDGAR Mr. Wroughton . Mr. Siddons . EDMUND Mr. Barrymore . Mr. Cory . FIRST KNIGHT Mr. Caulfield . Mr. Atkins . SECOND Do. Mr. Phillimore . Mr. L. Bologna . THIRD Do. Mr. Maddocks . Mr. Harley .
... A tale so plausible , so boldly utter'd , And heighten'd by such lucky accidents , That now the slightest circumstance confirm's him , And base - born Edmund , spite of law , inherits . Enter Kent and Gloster . Glost .
Kent ! sere Inverted nature , Gloster's shame and glory : This bye - born , the wild sally of my youth , Pursues me with all filial offices ; Whilst Edgar , begg'd of Heaven , and born in honour , Draws , plagues upon my head ...
Albany , Cornwall , Burgundy , Kent , Gloster , Goneril , Regan , Cordelia , Captain of the Guard , Knights , Pages , Gentleman with the Map , Gentleman with the Crown , LORDS , LADIES , & c . & c . discovered . Lear .
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The version of King Lear revised by Tate is not the real King Lear. It has been completely rewritten to give it a super happy ending. Wanting to get more familiar with Shakespeare, I read the whole play, not realizing that it wasn't the real tragedy. Very disappointed to find out after the fact that I read a counterfeit play. Reminds me of the Disney-fication of The Little Mermaid or the "Super Happy Ending" in Wayne's World.