"I cannot heave/ my heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty/ According to my bond, no more nor less"(I.i.93-95).
The kingdom is ours!
Lear declares he is splitting his kingdom between his daughter as he is too old to keep it all for himself. He says whoever claims they love him most will receive the greatest share.
Goneril and Regan flatter their father because they want the kingdom for themselves, while Cordelia refuses to lie to her father to benefit herself.
"Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed/ And my invention thrive, Edmund the base/ Shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper / Now, gods, stand up for bastards!" (I.ii.19-22).
Lear kicks Cordelia out of the kingdom because of her refusal to flatter him. Now Goneril and Regan get to slip the land between themselves.
Kent, Lear's trusty advisors, disagrees with Lear and gets banished as well for speaking against Lear.
Meanwhile, Edmund, the bastard son of Gloucester, is planning to frame his brother, Edgar, in front of their father by writing a letter about how Edgar just wants his father to die so he can get the land.
Later, Burgundy and France meet with Lear when they find out that Cordelia no longer gets land. Burgundy withdraws his offer to marry Cordelia, but France takes the offer because he believes Cordelia is enough, even without the land.