King Lear Act 2

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  • Scene One
  • The Duke of Cornwall and Regan his duchess will be here with him this night.
  • Father is on the lookout. Get out of here quickly! It has leaked out that you’re hiding here.
  • Scene One
  • Bolstered by righteousness, I prepared to fight, and when he saw my excitement he ran away suddenly. Look, sir, I bleed.
  • Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out, Mumbling of wicked charms.
  • Now Edmund, where’s the villain?
  • Scene Two
  • Fight, peasant. Don’t run away, scoundrel. Stand and fight, you overdressed servant, fight!
  • Help! Murder, murder!
  • Get away from each other. What is your difference? Fetch forth the stocks
  • Curan informs Edmund that the Duke of Cornwall and Regan are on their way. Edmund sees this as an opportunity to get rid of Edgar.
  • Scene Three
  • This weaves itself perforce into my business. My father hath set guard to take my brother.
  • Give up! Go see my father.—Bring in some light! Torches, bring in the torches!
  • Whose welcome I perceived had poisoned mine— Being the very fellow which of late Displayed so saucily against your highness—
  • Edmund tells his father how Edgar tried to get Edmund to help with his murder, but that he refused. As Edmund tells the story in his favor, making his brother look even worse than he already does, he says that Edgar has run away.
  • Scene Four
  • What’s he that hath so much thy place mistook To set thee here?
  • Let him run far away. If he stays in this country he’ll be found. And if he’s caught, he’ll be executed.
  • Kent recognizes Oswald, who had previously treated King Lear rudely, and tries to start a fight. Edmund along with the Duke of Cornwall, Regan, and Gloucester attempt to break it up. Cornwall puts Kent in the stocks.
  • Scene Four
  • 'Tis his own blame. Hath put himself from rest, And must needs taste his folly.
  • Realizing that people will be searching for him, and probably not in a friendly manner, Edgar disguises himself as a ratty beggar and hides out in the hollow of a tree.
  • I heard myself proclaimed, And by the happy hollow of a tree . Whiles I may ’scape, I will preserve myself, and am bethought To take the basest and most poorest shape That’s something yet. Edgar I nothing am.
  • King Lear find Kent, his servant, so humiliatingly locked up in the stocks and demands to speak with Cornwall and Regan. Kent explains what happened and Lear's amger grows.
  • Your son and daughter found this trespass worth The shame which here it suffers.
  • Regan tells Lear to apologize to Goneril and go live with her. Lear becomes angry when his daughters start hopping away at the number of servants he's allowed and decides to live with Goneril because she allows him more servants than Regan.
  • This house is little. The old man and his people Cannot be well bestowed.
  • I’ll go with thee. Thy fifty yet doth double five and twenty, And thou art twice her love.
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