King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter REGAN and the steward OSWALD
REGAN enters with OSWALD.

REGAN

But are my brother’s powers set forth?

REGAN

Have my brother-in-law’s troops been mobilized?

OSWALD

     Ay, madam.

OSWALD

Yes, ma'am.

REGAN

Himself in person there?

REGAN

Is he there in person?

OSWALD

Madam, with much ado.
Your sister is the better soldier.

OSWALD

Yes, making a big fuss. Your sister’s the better soldier of the two.

REGAN

5Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?

REGAN

Lord Edmund didn’t speak to your master at home?

OSWALD

No, madam.

OSWALD

No, ma'am.

REGAN

What might import my sister’s letter to him?

REGAN

What could my sister’s letter to him say?

OSWALD

I know not, lady.

OSWALD

I don’t know, ma'am.

REGAN

Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
10It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
To let him live. Where he arrives he moves
All hearts against us. Edmund I think is gone
In pity of his misery to dispatch
His nighted life; moreover to descry
15The strength o' th' enemy.

REGAN

He rushed away on serious business. It was a huge mistake to let old Gloucester live after we blinded him. Wherever he goes, he inspires compassion and people turn against us. I think Edmund went off to kill him, to put him out of his blind misery. And also to find out the size of the enemy army.

OSWALD

I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.

OSWALD

I have to follow him and give him the letter.

REGAN

Our troops set forth tomorrow. Stay with us.
The ways are dangerous.

REGAN

Our troops are deployed tomorrow. Stay with us tonight. It’s dangerous out there.