The scene starts with two noblemen named Gloucester and Kent. They discuss how King Lear is dividing the kingdom among his three daughters.
Kent quickly changes the topic of the conversation when he asks for Gloucester to introduce his son Edmund.
Sir, I do love you more than words can wield the matter
Gloucester introduces his son, but brings up the fact that Edmund is a bastard and was born out of wedlock. He claims that he loves him no less than his legitimate son, Edgar.
King Lear enters his throne room and announces that he will divide his kingdom among his three daughters because he wants spend more time with his family. He orders his daughters to tell him which one loves him the most. Based on what they say, he will give a bigger part of the kingdom to the one who loves him the most.
Goneril approaches Lear first and responds to him with flattery proclaiming that she loves him more than anything in the world.
Lear is overwhelmed and happy with her response. He gives her a large piece of land.