King Lear Act II

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  • Act II Scene I
  • Edgar stabbed me!
  • Haha, I stabbed myself.
  • I will send men after the villain!
  • "Was he not companion with the riotous knights that tended upon my father?"
  • They were the ones that told him to kill the old man.
  • Act II Scene II
  • "You whoreson cullionly barbermonger." Come at me, bro!
  • "Help, ho! Murder! Murder!"
  • To the Stocks!
  • Act I Scene II
  • (Gloucester) Over ruled! To the stocks!
  • Lear is going to be offended
  • Cordelia "shall find time from this enormous state, seeking to give losses their remedies"
  • Edmund Tells Edgar that his hiding spot has been compromised, and Edgar flees. When Regan and Glouchester come, Edmund tells them that Edgar tried to get him to join him in his evil plot to kill their father. When Edmund refused, Edgar stabbed him (Edmund really stabbed himself). Glouchester sends men after the evil Edgar. Regan and Edmund agree that Lear's men influenced these evil acts.
  • Act II Scene III
  • "My face I'll grime with filth... elf all my hair in knots..."
  • Outside Gloucester’s castle, Kent (in peasant disguise) meets Oswald, the chief steward of Goneril’s household. Kent verbally abuses Oswald. Kent then pulls his sword on Oswald, who still doesn't recognize Kent. Oswald’s cries for help, bringing Cornwall, Regan, and Gloucester. Kent is rude to them as well, and Cornwall orders him to be punished in the stocks.
  • Act II Scene IV
  • "Say you have wronged her...Return you to my sister."
  • I demand to speak to my daughter!
  • Gloucester mentions that the former King Lear will take offense to the humiliating punishment of his messenger. But Cornwall and Regan maintain that Kent deserves this treatment for assaulting Goneril’s servant, and they put him in the stocks. After everyone leaves, Kent reads a letter that he has received from Cordelia. She promises that she will find some way, from her current position in France, to help improve conditions in Britain. Kent dozes off in the stocks.
  • Act II Scene IV
  • This isn't good. There's a storm coming.
  • Bye, Dad.
  • You don't need any men.
  • "I'll not weep... this heart shall break into a hundred thousand flaws... I shall go mad!
  • Edgar has escaped the manhunt for him and is in a wood, but he is afraid that he will soon be caught. He takes off his fine clothing and covers himself with dirt to disguise himself as a madman. He becomes “poor Tom,” and will pretend to be one of the beggars who wander around seeking food and shelter, after being released from insane asylums.
  • I've escaped, but not for long.
  • "Edgar I nothing am."
  • When Lear arrives at Gloucester’s castle, he sees Kent in the stocks and is shocked that his servant would be treated in this way. Kent tells him that Regan and Cornwall put him there. Lear demands to speak with them. When Regan and Cornwall finally appear, Lear tells Regan about Goneril’s unkindness toward him. Regan says that Goneril may have made the right decisions, that Lear is growing old and unreasonable, and that he should return to Goneril and ask her for forgiveness.
  • Who put you there?
  • Goneril was so mean to me.
  • Regan and Cornwall put me here.
  • Lear asks Regan if he can stay with her, but she refuses. Goneril also arrives and Regan joins with her against their father. They both tell Lear that he is getting old and weak and must give up half of his men to stay with either of them. After going back and forth with his daughters, they say that he can't have any men at all. Lear curses his daughters and heads outside, where a storm is brewing. Gloucester begs Goneril and Regan to bring Lear inside, but they refuse.
  • "You unnatural hags!"
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