A visual synopsis of Act 2 in the Shakespearean play King Lear
Have you heard of no likely wars toward 'twixt the Dukes of Albany and Cornwall?
Not a word.
Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall aught? He’s coming hither—now, i' th' night, i' th' haste,
I am sure on ’t, not a word.
Gloucester's Castle, the venue of interest within scene II
Look, sir, I bleed.
A courtyard within where Edmund the Bastard and Curan convene to discuss the whispers circulating through the castle. After Curan aways, Edmund uses this to his advantage.
Edmund quickly uses Cornwall's arrival to bolster his plan thus convincing Edgar both his father and allies are looking for him. Confused Edgar rushes into the night in order to avoid his father.
Yes, madam, he was of that consort.
I know not, madam. 'Tis too bad, too bad.
Edmund cuts his arm with his sword to demonstrate his fierce battle with Edgar after refusing to murder his father. He further incriminates his brother thus causing Gloucester to order a manhunt.
Now Edmund, where’s the villain?
Regan and Cornwall arrive at Gloucester's palace to witness the incident and further turn the wheel of deceit and trickery.
Edmund takes advantage of the situation and lies about Edgar and gains the trust of Cornwall, Regan and Gloucester. Regan incites that her father may be behind this and consults Gloucester for advice on replying to Lear's letters.
Was he not companion with the riotous knights. That tend upon my father?