Kent encounters Oswald and verbally thrashes him until drawing his sword. Oswald cowers in fear.
No port is free no place that guard and most unusual vigilance. My face I'll grime with filth.
Oswald's cries bring Edmund, Regan, Cornwall and Gloucester. Kent is rude to the Duke and is punished by being bound to the stocks. Gloucester desperately tries to council him to avoid Lear's wrath and disrespect.
Kent now seized reads a hopeful letter from Cordelia and dozes off quite angrily.
It is both he and she, Your son and daughter.
What’s he that hath so much thy place mistook To set thee here?
Edgar flees to a nearby village and tatters his clothes and changes his name to Poor Tom. He is guised as a Bedlam beggar that is usually associated with insanity to avoid detection.
King Lear, The Fool and a knight approach Gloucester's castle.
Lear spots Kent in the stocks and demands to know who is responsible. Enraged he summon Regan and Cornwall to rectify the situation.