King Lear

King Lear

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  • My daughters, since I’m about to give up my throne and the worries that go along with it, tell me which one of you loves me most, so that I can give my largest gift to the one who deserves it most.
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  • Sir, I love you more than words can say. I love you more than eyesight, space, and freedom, beyond wealth or anything of value. I love you as much as life itself, and as much as status, health, beauty, or honor.
  • I give you all this land, from this line to that one—dense forests, fertile fields, rivers rich with fish, wide meadows. This land will belong to your and Albany’s children forever.
  • Goneril, my oldest daughter, you speak first.
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  • I reject completely any joy except my love for you, and I find that only your majesty’s love makes me happy.
  • —And now what does my second daughter Regan, the wife of Cornwall, have to say? Tell me.
  • You and your heirs hereby receive this large third of our lovely kingdom, no smaller in area or value than what I gave Goneril.—
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  • Now, you, my youngest daughter, my joy, courted by the rich rulers of France and Burgundy, what can you tell me that will make me give you a bigger part of my kingdom than I gave your sisters? Speak.
  • Nothing, my lord.
  • My lord, you brought me up and loved me, and I’m giving back just as I should: I obey you, love you, and My lord, you brought me up and loved me, and I’m giving back just as I should: I obey you, love you, and honor you. How can my sisters speak the truth when they say they love only you?
  • What are you saying, Cordelia? Revise your statement, or you may damage your inheritance.
  • The truth will be all the inheritance you get. I swear by the sacred sun, by the mysterious moon, and by all the planets that rule our lives, that I disown you now as my daughter.
  • Be quiet, Kent. Don’t get in my way when I’m angry. I loved Cordelia most of all-
  • Go away! Get out of my sight!—I guess if she doesn’t love her father, then I’ll only have peace when I’m dead
  • But sir-
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