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King Lear

William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in
Stratford-on-Avon, England, the third child of John Shakespeare,
a well-to-do merchant, and Mary Arden, his wife. Young William
probably attended the Stratford grammar school, where he
learned English, Greek, and a great deal of Latin. Historians
arent sure of the exact date of Shakespeares birth.
In 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. By 1583
the couple had a daughter, Susanna, and two years later the
twins, Hamnet and Judith. Somewhere between 1585 and
1592 Shakespeare went to London, where he became first an
actor and then a playwright. His acting company, The Kings
Men, appeared most often in the Globe theater, a part of which
Shakespeare himself owned.
In all, Shakespeare is believed to have written thirty-seven
plays, several nondramatic poems, and a number of sonnets.
In 1611 when he left the active life of the theater, he returned
to Stratford and became a country gentleman, living in the
second-largest house in town. For five years he lived a quiet
life. Then, on April 23, 1616, William Shakespeare died and
was buried in Trinity Church in Stratford. From his own time
to the present, Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest
writers of the English-speaking world.

William Shakespeare

King Lear

king lear

goneril

kent

edgar

regan

edmund

cordelia

gloucester

king lear

Nearly two thousand years ago, old King Lear ruled Britain. He had
three daughters: Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia.

Lear had always been a man who acted without thinking things
through. Because of this, he was about to make one of the biggest
mistakes of his life.

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One day in the


palace, the Earls
of Kent and of

I thought the king liked Gonerils husband,


the duke of Albany, Better than the duke of
Cornwall whos married to Regan.

gloucester were
talking.

I always
thought so.

I see!

But now that


he is going
to divide his
kingdom, hell
give an equal
share to each
of them.

Is not this

Yes,

your son?

though I
was once
ashamed
to admit* it.

* say that something is so

king lear

I dont

Why, his

You must be

Oh, yes. I have

understand.

mother had

proud of him now!

a legal* son, a

a son be-

year older than

fore she had

this oneand I

a husband!

love them both.

But that was


a long time
ago.

Edmund, this

I am happy to

is the duke of

meet you, sir.

Kent, a good
friend.

Listen! The King


is coming.

* according to the law

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At the sound of
trumpets, King
Lear entered
with his court.

The King of
France and the
duke of Burgundy are outside,
Gloucester.
Bring them in.

I will sir.

king lear

Without waiting

I am old and

for his visi-

tired of the

tors, the old

troubles

King made his

of ruling a

announcement.*

Kingdom.

Look at this map. Ive divided my kingdom into three


parts. The daughter who
says she loves me the most
shall have the largest part.

* a statement made before a group of people

I want to give up my throne


and let my daughters rule!

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Goneril, you are


the oldest. What
do you say?

Dear Father, I love


you more than
words can say!

More than my eyes... more than


my health... more than life itself!

I love you as much


as any child ever
loved a father!

king lear

I am pleased! I will

Thank you, dear

give you and your

father.

children all the rich


land between these
lines on the map.

Then King Lear turned to

I feel as

his second daughter.

my sister
does.

Now our dearest


Regan, wife of the
Duke of Cornwall...
what do you say?

She describes*

Nothing else in the world

my love for you

means anything to me com-

exactlybut she

pared** to my fathers love!

says too little.

* explains, shows, tells about


** showing how two things are alike or different

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But Cordelia,

What do I do? I

the Kings

love my father

youngest

more than they do.

daughter,
was unhappy
at what her
sisters said.

But I cant speak of

If my father

my love. I cant lie and

doesnt know

flatter* him, as they do.

that I love him,


then I cant help
it!

* make someone think he is better than he really is

king lear

While Cordelia

To you and

was thinking these

your children,

thoughts, the old

Regan, I give

King answered

this third of

Regan.

my Kingdom,

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no less than I
gave Goneril!

Then, he turned to Cordelia, his youngest and favorite* daughter.

Now my greatest
joy... courted**

Nothing, dear
father.

by the leaders
of France and
Burgundy. What
do you say,
Cordelia?

Nothing? Nothing

It makes me unhappy... but I

will get you noth-

cant tell you my love in words.

ing! Speak again!

* best loved
** sought after in marriage

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Youre my father. Youve raised

I dont see how my sisters can say

me and loved me. I obey you, love

they love only you. What about

you, and honor* you.

their husbands?

When I marry,

I cannot do

I shall give my

what they

husband half my

say they do.

love and care.

* respect

king lear

You mean all this? You

So young,

are so young, but so

Father, but

hard-hearted?

so truthful!

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Then let your


truth be your
inheritance!*
From now
on you are a
stranger to me!
You shall have

nothing!

Quiet, Kent! Dont


come between me
and my anger. I
loved Cordelia
most, but now I
disown** her!

* whatever a child receives at his parents death


** have nothing more to do with

But, sir...

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Ill divide my
kingdom between Goneril
and Regan. Ill
live with each
of them in turn,
with a hundred
knights to
serve me.

But the Earl


of Kent
protested.*

I have honored

You are acting foolishly.

you as my King...

Cordelia does not love you any

loved you like a

less than the others!

father. But I cant


let you make such
a mistake!

Stop, Kent, if
you want to
go on living!

* objected, did not agree

king lear

Im not afraid

Out of my

You have five days in which to

to lose my life

sight, or Ill

leave my kingdom! If youre

for you, sir.

kill you myself!

found here after that, youll

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be killed.
Then goodbye,
my king.

May the gods

And may your acts

protect you, dear

prove your words

truthful daughter.

of love!

With this the Earl of Kent left,


banished* from Lears Kingdom.

* sent away forever

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Soon afterward,

Welcome, France

the trumpets an-

and Burgundy!

nounced that the


King of France
and the duke
of Burgundy
were entering
the room. both
wished to marry
cordelia.

My Lord of Bur-

Only what

I no longer love her. She will have

gundy, what is

you have

nothing! Take her or leave her as

the least you ask

already

she is.

as a dower* in

offered

order to marry

me, sir.

my daughter?

Then, sir...
I must
leave her.

* money given to a daughter and her husband when she is married

king lear

And you, great

Only because you are

King! Since I now

angry with her? That

hate my daughter,

makes me love her more

youd best look

than ever!

elsewhere for a
wife!

Fair Cordelia, I will


make you my queen and
the queen of France!
Tell them goodbye and
come with me!

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She is yours. Ill


never see her again!
Be gone, without my
love and my blessing.

Saying this, Lear left the room with the dukes


of Cornwall, Albany, and Gloucester.

Tell your

I leave our father to your care.

sisters

Give him the love you say you

goodbye.

feel for him.

Since you now have


Dont tell us

nothing, youd better

what to do!

think about pleasing


your new husband!

king lear

And so

Why should I

Cordelia

Meanwhile, in Gloucesters

suffer because

went to

castle, his son Edmund plotted

my mother was

France and

against his half-brother** Edgar.

not married to

Kent was

my father? Why

exiled.* King

should Edgar

Lear gave up

get everything?

his powers
to Goneril
and Regan.

And this
letter I
have written
No! I must have

will get it

Edgars land

for me!

for myself!

* sent away
** a brother who shares only one parent with another brother or sister

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Edmunds father,

Hello,

What were

Gloucester, entered.

Edmund.

you reading?

Whats new?

Why did you


hide it when I
came in?

Its nothing!
Only a letter from my
brother...
not fit for
you to read.

Nothing, dear
father.

If its

Very well. Perhaps

Gloucester

Old men own

nothing,

Edgar wrote it

read the let-

everything.

it wont

only to test my

ter aloud.

They keep our

matter!

loyalty* to you.

fortunes

Give it to

from us until

me.

we are too
old to enjoy
them.

* the act of remaining faithful in hard times

king lear

If my father should die soon,

If my father should die

I would give you half of his

soon... I would give you half

fortune. Your brother, Edgar.

his fortune... Edgar wrote

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this? Who brought it to you?

I found it
thrown in at
my window.

Is this his
handwriting?

Yes. I hope
his heart is
not in it. But
Ive heard
him say
such things
before.

I dont know. MayOh, how could

be you misjudge*

he? where is

him. Ill find him

he?

and test him out.

* believe someone to be different from what he really is

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I will work it so you can

Yes, do. He

hear us talk unseen. This very

cant be such

evening!

a monster!

Soon afterward, Edgar entered the

Two hours

Was he angry

room.

ago. why?

with you at all?

Hello, brother

When did you

Edmund!

speak with our


father last?

Well, he is angry with


No, of course

you now! You must

not!

keep out of his way!

king lear

Someone

Thats what I am

Here is the key. Stay there until

must have

afraid of. Go to my

you hear from me.

lied about

room until he has

me!

time to cool off.

Is it that
bad?

I think he

I cant believe

As Edgar went

A father who

is angry

it! But let me

away, Edmund

believes too

enough to

know what

smiled an evil

easily, and

kill you! If

happens.

smile.

a brother

you do go
outside, go
armed!

too noble*
to be suspicious**...
Ill soon
have his
fortune!

* good and honest


** thinking evil of someone

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It was several

My father is old and foolish.

days later. King

He gave away his powers, but

Lear and his

he still tries to give orders. I

knights were

wont stand for it!

staying with
Goneril and the
duke of Albany.
Goneril spoke
with Oswald,
her servant.

His knights
cause trouble.
And hes never

Yes, madam.

Tell him Im sick. Tell the other


servants not to wait on him. And
treat his knights the same way!

happy with what


we give him.

Very well,

When he returns

madam.

from hunting, I
wont see him!

king lear

If he doesnt
like it, let him go
to my sisters!

Meanwhile the
earl of Kent,
disguised* as
a stranger,
arrived at

I am ready for

Yes, Sir.

dinner and I
dont want to
wait. see to it!

Gonerils
home. He
was worried
about the
old king and
wanted to be
near him.

Whats this?

An honest fel-

Very well.

Who are

low who wishes

But wheres

you?

to serve you.

my dinner?
Wheres my
daughter?

* dressed to look like someone else

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at that mo-

Whenever he saw his oldest daughter, she looked

ment, the ser-

angry. One day he could take it no longer.

vant oswald
entered the

Daughter, why

Why shouldnt I? Your

room. But In-

do you frown so

Fool makes fun of

stead of serv-

much?

us. your knights make

ing the King, he

trouble. Get rid of

walked away

them at once! All you

again. Lear

need here are a few

began to see

old men to serve you!

that Goneril
and her servants had no
respect for his
wishes.
How can you say
that to me? I have
another daughter... Ill go to
her! Saddle my
horses!

But as Lear prepared to leave


for Regans castle, Goneril

While all this was happening, Edmund


continued to plot against Edgar.

made plans of her own.

But Ive done

Take this letter to

You must go! Not

my sister. Tell her

only our father

everything! Then

is looking for

hurry back.

you, but Regan


and the duke of
Cornwall are
too! Theyre
coming here now!

nothing to
hurt them!

king lear

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Fathers coming.
Quick, draw your
sword! I must
pretend to fight
you!

Now get away,

Ill stab my-

brother, quickly...

selfpretend

or theyll catch

that Edgar has

you!

hurt me!

Light, here!
Torches! Father!
help!

Where is he?

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Hes run away.

When he

When he couldnt...

couldnt
what?

Make me promise

I can hardly

to murder you.

believe it!

When I wouldnt
agree, he
wounded* me.

But he will be

Cornwall and his lady arrived

caught and

tonight. Hell have Edgar out-

killed! Well

lawed** in all his lands! And you,

reward who-

my loyal son, will take your

ever catches

brothers place!

him. And it will


be death for
anyone who
hides him!

* injured, cut
** hunted as a criminal

king lear

Soon the

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And then they explained why they had come.

duke of
Cornwall

My father and Goneril are

You are

and Regan

angry with each other. If

always

arrived.

the king brings his knights

welcome

Hearing

to my house, I wish to be

here.

Edmunds

away!

story, they
agreed
that Edgar
should be
caught and
punished.

Messengers

I will do

can come and

anything I

go with letters

can.

from both of
them. But meanwhile, we need
your advice.*

At dawn, two

Why, youre the same rascal**

messengers

who was so rude to the king

arrived outside.

at Gonerils palace!

One was Kent,


still disguised,
with a letter
from Lear, and
the other was
Oswald with one
from Goneril.

* help
** dishonest person

I want nothing
to do with you!

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I suppose you carry

No! Help!

If you wont

Help! Help!

letters against the

Leave me

fight, Ill beat

Murder!

King, taking Goner-

alone!

you! Take that!

ils side. Draw your


sword!

Whats the

Peace! Stop at

matter?

once!

Its the messengers from


Goneril and the King.

king lear

Why were you

I am angry

fighting this

that such a

man?

person should

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wear a sword!
He doesnt
look honest.
I dont like his
face.

Perhaps you dont

Frankly, I

like mine... or his,

have seen

or hers?

better
faces in
my time...

Bring out

Sir, I am here

It shows

Youll sit there

the stocks!*

on the Kings

little re-

until noon!

Well teach

business.

spect to him

this old

to put me in

Id say

man some

the stocks!

until

manners!

night...
and all
night,
too.

* a wooden frame in which a person to be punished must sit for a certain time

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Please, sir...
the King wont

Ill answer

Come away,

to him!

husband.

like it that his


messenger
is so badly
treated...

While Kent
had been
left in the

My new servant is being

Your son-

punished? What does this

in-law and

mean? Who did it?

daughter,
sir.

stocks, King
Lear arrived
at Regans
Castle. Finding her gone,
he went to
Gloucesters.

My daughter? Where
is she? I must see

Seeing the King, Gloucester rushed outside


to greet him.

her at once!
where is my

They know you are

daughter and her

here... they are

husband?

tired. Be patient! They


will see you later.

king lear

At last Regan

I am glad to see

came to her

you, dear father.

Oh, Regan...
I hope so!

father.

Your sister
has been
so unkind.
You wont
believe it!

I dont believe she

What?

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Sir, you are old! You must

would do less than

be guided by others. Go

her duty to you. If

back to my sister. Tell her

she said that your

you were wrong.

knights were making trouble, it was


with good reason!

What? Ask her

Should I say,

to forgive

Dear daugh-

me? Should

ter, forgive

I go on my

me for being

knees to her?

old. I beg you


for food, bed
and clothing!

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Just then a trumpet sounded.


Get up! You
must not act
that way!

whose trumpet

My sisters! She

call is that?

said she would


soon be here.

I wont go
back to her!

Goneril entered. Soon it be-

Or come to me,

Or why even

came clear to Lear that neither

with only twenty-

one knight?

of these daughters wanted him.

five knights. You

Our servants

dont need so

will wait on

many.

you.

Go home to
Goneril with
half of your

Never!

knights, and she


will receive you!

Oh, heavens, help


me! I must not go
mad from anger
and old age!

king lear

with that, king lear threw up his hands and rushed away. he could not
believe that his two daughters had turned against him.

I would rather

Go, then,

live outdoors

Old man!

than under your

We must go in. A
storm is coming!
But, sir...

roof! Heaven
will give me my
revenge!*

Gloucester followed King Lear a

But theres

His men will

short way, but he soon returned.

not even a

take care of

bush for

him. Shut your

shelter

doors and lock

near here!

them tight!

The King is
very angry.

Its his
own fault.

Hes leaving.
Where will
he go?

Maybe
it will
teach him
a lesson.

Regan advises
you well! It is a
wild night. come
inside.

* getting even with someone

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During the night the storm raged.

Listen! The

On the heath,* Kent met one of the

dukes of

Kings men.

Albany and
Cornwall

Where is the

Out in the

King?

storm... with

are plotting
against each
other. Goneril

only his Fool for

and Regan each

company!

want the whole


kingdom! But
help is coming
for the King.

Cordelia is in

Ill go

Meanwhile, inside the castle,

Dover with a

quickly!

Gloucester talked with Edmund.

French army.
Take this ring,
go to her
there, and tell
her whats
happening.

Theyre cruel
to the old

Thats

King. They give

very bad!

the orders in
my own castle.
Now theyre
fighting among
themselves!

* a wild, marshy area

king lear

And Ive just heard that a

Its dangerous, but I must go

French army is coming to help

and find the King and help him.

the king. I am on the old kings

Tell the duke I am ill and in bed.

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side if I die for it!


Yes,
Father.

Meanwhile
the storm
still raged.

At least its

No, I must put up with what the

something. Please

poor have suffered all these

go inside, sir!

years, when I never knew how

Kent found

it was.

the King
and led him

Theres a

to a hut.

ghost inside
here! Help
me!

The ghost

Go away!

Have his daugh-

was Edgar.

ters brought him

To escape,

to this sad state?

he has
disguised
himself as a
mad beggar.

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Lear finally

Sir, I wont obey your

First I must talk

decided to

daughters! Let me give

with this wise man

enter the hut

you a place to stay.

here.

and get warm.


But before he
could do so,
Gloucester
found him.

Listen to him. I

Can you

am afraid he is

blame him?

losing his mind.

His daughters
are trying to
kill him!

During

Here is the letter my

this time,

father had. It proves

Glouces-

that he is helping

ter had not

France against you!

recognized*
his son Edgar.
And meanwhile
in his castle,
the son he
trusted was
betraying**
him!

* knew from seeing someone before


** doing evil to someone who trusts him

I will get even with him!


And you will become the
Earl in his place! Find him
so we may capture him!

king lear

At last the King

Ive overheard a plot to kill the

Yes!

entered the hut,

King! Quick, put him on a stretch-

Cordelia is

and Gloucester

er and carry him to Dover!

there with

went away. But

a French

soon he re-

army!

turned.

The King was


carried away.

Evil man. Where

What letters have

I have

is the King?

you had from france?

done
nothing

But the next

wrong.

morning

The French

Gloucester

armies

was captured

come

and brought

only to

to the duke

protect

of Cornwall.

the King
from his
cruel
children!

I shall see

Youll never see

scratch

revenge

it! Youll have

Them out.

from heaven

no eyes!

overtake
such children!

In a moment Cornwall
had blinded Gloucester in
one eye.

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But as

Sir, Ive served

Cornwall and the servant

Cornwall

you all my life,

fought. Cornwall was wounded.

moved to

but I cant let

attack

you do this

again...

cruel thing!

Im hurt!

Husband, give
me your sword!

Die, you

Im dying! But you

Even though he was hurt, Cornwall

peasant!*

have one eye left, sir.

blinded Gloucesters other eye.

Not for

What do you

Everythings

long!

see now, old

dark! Wheres my

man?

son Edmund?

Edmund?
He hates
you!

* a person of low class

king lear

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It was Ed-

then Edgar has

Put Gloucester

Help me

mund who

been true to me!

outside the gates.

Regan. Im

showed us

Let him smell his

badly hurt!

the letter

way to Dover.

you had!

Its, Tom

You must leave me,

the mad

friend, for youll be in

man.

trouble! But who is here?

Gloucester was
put outside. A
very old man
came by and
helped him. Soon
they met Edgar,
still dressed like
a mad beggar.

Then the mad can lead

Ive lost my

the blind... If Tom

good wits, sir,

knows the way to Dover.

but I can lead


you where you
want to go.

And so, unknown to


Gloucester, the son who
truly loved him became
his guide.

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The next day, Goneril and Edmund returned to Albanys

Albany was

castle.

a kind, just
man. When he

Where is the duke?

Inside, but very

heard how

changed! When he

the old king

heard a French

and Glouces-

army had landed,

ter had been

he was pleased!

treated, he
was angry.
His love for
Goneril had
that moment
turned to
hate.

Then you must

And take this kiss

Im yours

go back to

to remember me

until death!

Cornwall. Help

by! Youll hear

them get their

from me soon.

army ready to
fight the French.

Finding Edmund very much like herself, Goneril had fallen in love
with him.

As Edmund

Cornwall has

Then he has been

left, the

died from his

punished for his

And Regans a

wound!

cruel actions!

widow,* free to

duke of
Albany

marry Edmund,

entered the

whom I love!

room. And
almost at
the same
time, a
messenger
arrived.

* a woman whose husband has died

king lear

Meanwhile,

The King is too ashamed

Cordelia and

to see Cordelia. He

the French

is wandering outside

were in Dover.

somewhere.

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He must be
found and
cared for!

Kent and King


Lear had arrived safely,
although from
what he had
suffered, the
King was now
half-mad.

At the same time, Edgar and

I will live

Gloucester had also arrived in

no longer!

Dover.

If Edgar is
still alive,

Good madman, are

We are!

we on the edge of

It makes

the high cliff I spoke

me dizzy

about before?

to look

may he be
blessed!

down!

But knowing that his father


would try to kill himself, Edgar
had brought him to a flat place
instead.

And believing he was on a high


cliff, Gloucester jumped.

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Then he fainted. Edgar held him

I saw you

If the gods have

until he came to himself again.

fall! It is

saved me, then I

a miracle*

will stay alive,

I was here at the

that you

even with no eyes.

foot of a high

are still

cliff when you

alive!

Where am I?
Did I fall?
Who are you?

jumped!

Just then
King Lear
came upon

Look, look... a

I know that

mouse! Draw your

voiceits

swords!

the King!

them, and
they could
tell that
he was
mad.

Edgar and

Here he is! Take

Gloucester

him gently!

Sir, your loving

Am I a

daughter...

prisoner?
Treat me

listened

well. I am

sadly

a King.

as the
mad King
raved. Then
Cordelias
men found
him.

* a wonderful happening that cant be explained or understood

king lear

But first you

How sad it is

Tell meare the

must catch me! Ha,

to see him like

armies nearby?

Ha, ha Ha!

this! But one


daughter still
loves him.

The troops

Then I

of Albany and

must take

Cornwall are

this good

very near.

old man

Therell be a

to a safe

great battle

place.

soon.

Here is the prize that

I warn you-

Some time before,

will make me rich! Out

dont come

Goneril had given

of my way, peasant!

near the old

Oswald an important letter for


Edmund. And Regan
had promised
Oswald a reward
for finding and
killing Gloucester.
just as Edgar and
Gloucester were
leaving, Oswald
came upon them.

man!

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But Oswald would not listen.

As Oswald died, Edgar read the

They fought and Oswald received

letter.

a fatal* wound.
You have many chances to kill
my husband and free me! RememIm dying! But take

ber our vows of love and return

the letter you find

to marry me. Your loving Gon-

on my body to

eril. So that is whats happening!

Edmund, Earl of

I will make use of this at a later

Gloucester. Hell

time!

reward you!

Meanwhile, Lear had at last been

Doctor! How

Still sleeping. But

led to the nearby French camp.

is the King?

I think you might


wake him up now.

Dear Kent, my

I was happy to

life will be too

help him, madam!

short to repay
you for your
goodness to
my father!

* leading to death

king lear

Lear was

How are you, sir?

carried in.

Do you know me?

I am a foolish old
man... eighty years
and more. my mind
is not clear!

I should know

Dont cry! I know

No cause,

you and this

you cant love

sir! I do love

man. Dont

me... I gave you

you!

laugh... I think

cause to hate me!

you are my child,


Cordelia.

His madness is

Come with me,

gone. He is much

Father.

better. Now he
should rest.

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In the British Camp, Edmund and Regan waited for Albany

Cornwalls

and Goneril to arrive with their army.

death
had made

I dont trust

My feelings for

Regan a

Albany! And my

your sister are

widow.

sister... are

most honorable!*

She was

you in love with

jealous**

her?

of Goneril
because
she was
now in
love with
Edmund
too.
I will not fight Cordelia

Well

Theres Regan.

and our Kingonly against

spoken,

Id rather

Goneril

the French armies who have

sir!

lose the

arrived.

entered our land.

Soon Albany and

battle than
lose Edmund
to her!

Before you fight the battle,


But the sisters

read this letter. And if you need

could not worry

me to prove the truth of it,

about Edmund

have someone call for me!

at the moment.
As they left for
Albanys tent to
plan their battle,
Edgar entered
dressed as a
peasant.

* correct, the way something is supposed to be


** wanting what someone else has

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At this Edgar left and Edmund

Both sisters love me and are

returned.

jealous. Regan is already a widow,


but Albany may die in battle! Which

The enemys

We are

here! Get ready.

ready!

one shall I choose?

well in any case, lear and Cordelia must die, even though Albany
will protect them.

Come quick... Ill


Soon the

lead you to safety!

armies met

The French are beaten!

in battle. In

Cordelia and Lear are

a short time

captured!

everything was
over, and Edgar
rushed back to
Gloucester.

Come! We two will

In the British

Take them away

camp, Edmund was

to prison!

in charge.

live like birds in a


cage together!

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Take this note.

Ill do it,

The prisoners

Do what it says,

sir!

were led away,

and your fortune

but Edmund had

will be made!

more plans
for them.

Where are Lear

They are

Then the other

and Cordelia?

under

leaders arrived.

I must see

guard...

that they are

ready

well treated.

when you
want them,
brother.

You fought well

He led my

Only if he

Edmund, but you

troops for me!

marries you!

are not my brother

He can call you

And hell

or my equal.*

brother!

never do that!

* someone of the same class

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Thats what you


think! Ill give
him my armies,

Well, you
wont have him
for long!

Oh! Suddenly,

If not, Ill never

I feel very

trust medicine

sick!

again!

my land, everything! Hell


be my lord and
master!

Goneril thought this because she


had poisoned her sister!

If no one else

And I will

can prove this,

defend

Edmund, I arrest you

Ill fight you

myself!

for treason*... and my

myself!

Suddenly the angry Albany spoke.

wife as well, since she


helped you!

* acting against ones own country

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If any other man will fight Edmund, the Earl of


After this,

Gloucester, to prove him a traitor, let him appear

Regan was

now! Otherwise, the duke of Albany will do so!

helped away.
Albany prepared to fight
Edmund as the
law required.*

You have done wrong to

Whoever

As the

your brother and your

you are,

trumpets

father; you have plotted

my sword

sounded

against this Prince. My

will prove

through the

sword will prove it!

that you
lie!

camp, Edgar
appeared.

This proves
The two

Shut your

nothing! You

men fought.

mouth,

were tricked!

woman, or

Edmund was
wounded.

Ill stop
it with this
paper!

* made necessary

king lear

This is your

Dont ask me such

letter to

questions!

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Edmund,
telling him
to kill me.
Do you
recognize
it?

With that, Goneril rushed


away!

I am guilty* of all

I am Edgar...

Welcome,

Then, suffer-

youve said, and more.

your fathers

good

ing from his

But who are you?

son.

Gloucester.

wound and
fearing that
he would die,
Edmund was
suddenly
sorry for
all he had
done.

Where have you


hidden? How did
you know of your
fathers troubles?

I was disguised as a
mad beggar.
And Ive
cared for
him since he
was blinded.

* having done something wrong

Only half
an hour
ago I
told him
the truth,
asked his
blessing...
and he died.

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But just before,

And where

He has

another man came

has he been?

followed

in and hugged my

the King in

father. It was Kent!

disguise and
served him.

Just then a servant

Help! Help!

What does

Who is

rushed in.

Shes dead!

that bloody

dead?

knife mean?

Speak,
man!

Goneril, sir... she stabbed

Bring their

Here comes

herself! And she has

bodies here.

Kent.

poisoned her sister! she


Confessed* It!

* admitted

king lear

There is no time to

Im looking for

greet you properly,

the King. Isnt

Kent, but welcome

he here?

anyway.

The King! I forgot! Edmund, wheres

Perhaps I can do

the King? Wheres Cordelia?

some good before


I die. Send to the
castle, quick! Lear
and Cordelia are
to be killed.

Your wife and I gave or-

Run for

I hope she

ders... to hang Corde-

your life!

is safe!

lia... and to say she did

Carry

it herself! Go quickly!

Edmund
away.

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But it was

Cry out, you men of stone! Shes gone

Oh, my dear

too late.

forever! Cordelia! Cordelia!

master!

Cordelia, stay!

Its true,

What are you

gentlemen, he

saying? I killed

did.

the man that


was hanging
you.

My poor dear is dead. Ill

He fainted! Help

never see her again... never,

him!

never, never, never, never!

king lear

Its too

He is gone

Carry them

late. He is

indeed.

away gently.

dead. Its a
wonder he
has suffered
so much.

Our job is to pick up the pieces. You

My heart

two must rule this kingdom now.

is broken.
I must

No, sir. Edgar


must rule alone.

follow
my master soon,
on a long
journey
to death.

Lear,

Yes, I will rule this land. And nothing like

Cordelia,

this shall ever happen again!

Gloucester, Edmund,
Regan,
Gonerilall
were dead.
For those
who were
left, only a
sad funeral
march remained.

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King Lear

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King Lear

Lear, the aging king, decides to relinquish his


throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his
three daughters as determined by their
armations of love. Enraged and disappointed
over daughter Cordelias declaration, he banishes
her and divides his kingdom equally between her
two sisters. Jealousy and pride consume the two
as they seek to control the kingdom. Treachery
and betrayal lead to tragedy as the king slowly
loses his grip on reality.

King
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