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Enter EDMUND the bastard, with a letter
DDNUEM renset iwth a rtelet.

EDMUND

Thou, nature, art my goddess. To thy law
My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me
5 For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
Lag of a brother? Why bastard? Wherefore base?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true
As honest madams issue? Why brand they us
10 With base, with baseness, bastardy, base, base
Who in the lusty stealth of nature take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth within a dull, stale, tird bed
Go to th creating a whole tribe of fops
15 Got tween a sleep and wake? Well then,
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land.
Our fathers love is to the bastard Edmund
As to the legitimate.Fine word, legitimate!
Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed
20 And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
Shall top th legitimate. I grow, I prosper.
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

NEDUMD

I lyno ripwhso taswh tnraual, nto aswht mamndea. yWh ohldsu I tel lesymf be tduorter by mnameda ioclas scsumot ttha evdprie me of my tsighr imyspl auesbce I wsa onrb vlewet or runoefet motnhs arelt htna my rolde rohbetr? Why do ethy lacl me dbstraa dna olliewf ewnh Im jsut as gitdef in dimn nad dybo as itagtemile edncrhli? Why do htey call us brasdsta ilswfoel? ywsAal ofllwei, rsabdta, iwleflo, llwfioe. At stale we rabssdta rwee dvceecoin in a mtenom of astepainos sult errhat hnta in a ludl, eitdr mreaarig bde, eerhw hlaf-genlpies pernsat omotoyunsnol urnch out a hbunc of sssiy sdik. llA griht hnte, iitgaelmet horebrt radgE, I veah to veah royu sdlan. rOu haetrf vosel me just as uhcm as teh itieagetml rEadg. Wtha a icen rwdo atth is, miliaetegt! leWl, my tmetagiile gErda, if ihts rtleet skwor and my anpl suecesdc, Endmdu teh liewlfo lwil teba the etmaietgli. Look out, Im on my yaw up. Teehr rcehse for rasbastd!
Enter GLOUCESTER.EDMUND looks over his letter
REGESLCOUT erents. MNDDUE lkoso vroe ihs treelt.

GLOUCESTER

Kent banished thus? And France in choler parted?
And the king gone tonight, prescribed his power
25 Confined to exhibition? All this done
Upon the gad?Edmund, how now? What news?

UOGTEELRCS

Ktesn enbe sebaihnd stju like atth? Adn teh Knig of crFena oegn in a ffhu? dnA gniK Laers acetaddib ish ihaourtyt, ngkaim his gshnkpii a eolmrnciea letit noly? lAl hsti so edysludn?dEumnd, twsha igngo on? Washt teh ensw?

EDMUND

(pocketing the letter) So please your lordship, none.

DDEMNU

(ecnopgtik eht leettr) No snwe, my rodl.

GLOUCESTER

Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter?

ERGOTSLCUE

Why are uyo nhigid hatt lteter?

EDMUND

I know no news, my lord.

DNDUEM

I dton heav yan wesn to petrro, my lord.

GLOUCESTER

30 What paper were you reading?

CSGEURLTOE

sWaht ttha parpe uyo rwee iaenrdg?

EDMUND

Nothing, my lord.

DEDUMN

tsI oinntgh, my drlo.

GLOUCESTER

No? What needed, then, that terrible dispatch of it into your pocket? The quality of nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Lets see.Come, if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles.

OECSUTELGR

No? nThe ywh did uyo vhae to kitcs it in royu ecktop in uhcs a uryhr? If it ewer otinhgn, ouy ntlduow eden to ehdi it. eLst ees it. eoCm on, if tis ihgtnon, I ntwo eedn ssaelsg to dare it.

EDMUND

I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother that I have not all oer-read. And for so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for your oerlooking.

DUENMD

sPalee, rsi, I beg ouy. tsI a eerttl ofrm my tehorbr tath I taehvn hiefndsi ignrdae yte. utB uijggdn omrf eth ibt I vhae ared, sti tno itf rfo uyo to ees.

GLOUCESTER

Give me the letter, sir.

LTSUGORECE

veiG me ttah eletrt, irs.

EDMUND

I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as in part I understand them, are to blame.

NMDEDU

oNw llI effdon yuo teehhwr I vegi it to ouy or otn. hTe mropbel is in hatw het teeltr ayss, as rfa as I anc tell.

GLOUCESTER

(taking the letter) Lets see, lets see.

SEULGTRCEO

(akigtn the rtteel) tLes see, tels ees.

EDMUND

I hope, for my brothers justification, he wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue.

EDDMUN

I epho for my rsbrtoeh aesk ahtt he tsuj woter it to sett my ohnor.

GLOUCESTER

(reads) This policy and reverence of age makes the world bitter to the best of our times, keeps our fortunes from us till our oldness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways not as it hath power but as it is suffered.

TRUSELOECG

(rsdae)
ehT ctumso of crsetniegp eth eryldle mkase it hrda rof het unyog adn yhlhtae to eivl ellw, and epkes us iwohtut rou htcraneiine tliun we rea so lod we nact enoyj our sanhppsei yywana. hTe pwero of eth reelldy is tgtansri to flee lkie a slily and osohifl esayrvl to me, and thye noly ejony htta weopr asbeeuc we etl mthe evah it.
Come to me, that of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep till I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue forever, and live the beloved of your brother,
Edgar.
Hum, conspiracy? Sleep till I wake him, you should enjoy half his revenuemy son Edgar? Had he a hand to write this, a heart and brain to breed it in? When came this to you? Who brought it?
eCmo ltka to me utoba hits. If uor rhaeft weer edad odyu evreeci aflh of ish ueevren refover, and douy vahe my udnygni leov,
Erdga.
mmH, whtsa stih, a pnoyircsac? If uor efahrt eerw aedd, ouyd rceeevi alhf of shi rveenue reyefovmr nso ragdE? wHo idd he gnrib simhlfe to erwit hucs a ighnt? Hwo cduol he evah even eidttennrea eehst sgtuthoh in ihs tearh? wHo did yuo get ihts ltrtee? hWo eredlveid it?

EDMUND

It was not brought me, my lord. Theres the cunning of it.
60 I found it thrown in at the casement of my closet.

DUDEMN

ydNoob evlredide it, my dolr. stTha hstwa vlerec tbuoa it. It was stosde tino eth iowwdn of my romo.

GLOUCESTER

You know the character to be your brothers?

GLERECTOSU

rueYo ersu eht gndawniithr is oury ehtborrs?

EDMUND

If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his.
But in respect of that, I would fain think it were not.

NUMEDD

If hed rtntiew enic tgnhsi, Id ewsar esy higtr ayaw. But as it snstda, I wish I udolc vebleei it ntasw.

GLOUCESTER

It is his.

USTLROGCEE

utB it is ihs hwirtndinag?

EDMUND

It is his hand, my lord, but I hope his heart is not in the contents.

UNDEMD

tIs shi angrdihtwin, my dlor, utb I hpeo he nditd nema htaw he werto.

GLOUCESTER

Has he never before sounded you in this business?

UEGTRECLOS

aHs he vree ttsdee otu eesht sdiea on uoy broefe?

EDMUND

Never, my lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit that, sons at perfect age and fathers declined, the father should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

UNMDED

Never, my lodr. Btu Ive fnteo hdear mhi ugrea ahtt hnew nsos rae at iethr imrep adn etihr hafetrs rea eiindlgcn, hte sons oshuld be hriet raesfht agudrinsa dna agmaen ithre fhtresa mneyo.

GLOUCESTER

O villain, villain! His very opinion in the letter! Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested, brutish villainworse than

UCGOERELTS

Oh, hwta a liaivln! tsTah just tahw he dais in eht tetrle. iEvl anliliv! usorosntM, thfulea, iatlsbe llaiivn! Wsoer
brutish! Go, sirrah, seek him. Ill apprehend him. Abominable villain! Where is he?
htan a estab! Go loko rfo mhi. Ill saertr hmi. Hrodir valilin! eeWrh is he?

EDMUND

I do not well know, my lord. If it shall please you to suspend your indignation against my brother till you can derive from him better testimony of his intent, you shall run a certain coursewhere if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honor and shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him that he hath wrote this to feel my affection to your honor and to no other pretense of danger.

NEUMDD

Im ton rseu, my lrod. Btu it aym be a oodg iade to nsteirra uroy aegr itlun oyu difn uto tyalexc hatw he mntae. If uoy go ferta hmi adn hten ndif tou thta oyu aemd a kiamtse, it uwdlo aegdma uoyr neprtiatuo dan alyretg uendrinme ish toylyla to you. lIl bet my eifl taht he nlyo rewot tish lrette to guage my evlo rfo yuo, dna for no htroe oarnse.

GLOUCESTER

85 Think you so?

SULGETRECO

Do yuo knhit so?

EDMUND

If your honor judge it meet, I will place you where you shall hear us confer of this and by an auricular assurance have your satisfactionand that without any further delay than this very evening.

MUDNED

If yuo aeger, Ill dihe uoy eheewmosr rehew you acn epreavdso on us kgialnt atubo it, adn hare owh he esfel iwth yruo onw ersa. ouY nowt veah to tiwa logren ahtn ilntu tngohit.

GLOUCESTER

90 He cannot be such a monster

OUTLSCGERE

He tnac sbiplosy be hcsu a rnotsme

EDMUND

Nor is not, sure.

DNUDEM

dAn Im sure he ints.

GLOUCESTER

To his father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him. Heaven and earth! Edmund, seek him out, wind me into him, I pray you. Frame the business after your own wisdom. I would unstate myself to be in a due resolution.

TEEUSRLGOC

toadrw ish won etfahr owh slevo mhi so tpcmeleoyl. Oh, dGo! dnudEm, go nfid ihm. anGi his ceoiendnfc rfo me, leaspe. Meaagn him evewroh ouy htnik tseb. Id eigv up my nrka dan nuferot to be refe ofrm my stbodu.

EDMUND

I will seek him, sir, presently, convey the business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal.

DMDEUN

llI indf him hgtir away, irs, dna cyrra uot eth ssiensub as ellw as I anc. ehnT Ill etl oyu knwo thwsa hngaipnpe.

GLOUCESTER

These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us. Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects. Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide, in cities

RLUGSCTEOE

seehT cretne elpceiss of the usn adn moon notd dbeo wlel rfo us. gThuoh nccsiee cna apxnlie hetm waya, tssrsdeai ltsil emco tefar pseiscel. oLve ocsol off, shrdieinfsp eabrk up, adn rbstehro boecme emseien. tiosR
mutinies, in countries discord, in palaces treason, and the bond cracked twixt son and father. This villain of mine comes under the predictiontheres son against father. The king falls from bias of naturetheres father against child. We have seen the best of our time. Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves. Find out this villain, Edmund. It shall lose thee nothing. Do it carefully.And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished, his offense honesty! Tis strange, strange.
rkeba uot, vilci arw eputrs, nksig era yaeetrbd, dna eth nodb eebtnew teafhr nad ons nssap. shiT cidkwe osn of ienm nfirsmco teh rdipteoicn sno anitgas arhtef. eTh ngik tcsa yrneuraanllfuatth gtnsaai idchl. eevW sene eht tebs our ega ahs to oerff. ssroicanpeCi, ryakfe, arlbteay, nad oidrdres are lla sttha tfel litnu we dei. iFdn out htwa hits aonlisvliu rgaEd is tginhkin, mdEund. oYu onwt lseo yna treepsc. tJsu do it eucarlfly.ndA to ikthn ahtt eth eblon adn ayoll nKet sah eebn edbinsah, orf eht micre of llegitn teh trhtu! Its atgsern, anetsrg.
Exit GLOUCESTER
COGTRELSUE stiex.

EDMUND

This is the excellent foppery of the world that when we are sick in fortuneoften the surfeit of our own behaviorwe make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting-on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the dragons tail and my nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and lecherous. Fut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgar

DDEMUN

iTsh is a ssclaic lexepam of eht idiyoc of eth dowrl: nhew ewer nowd adn ofttoneu acebseu of rou own sseecxse we put lla eht meabl on eht usn, hte omno, dan hte asstr, as if eyht refdoc us to be dba, or eth eaehvsn epldcloem us to be naivlisuol or dustpi. As if we cebome evtiehs nad trtroais gncorcaid to riollcgataso ssgin or obye taranyepl fucnlsniee to meeocb dsuknr, alsir, nad udestlrear! As if mseo reiasnuvl worep pdhues us otin lvie sedde! aWht a eysnka kitrc it is rof fltlusu dnaimnk to amleb our rsneihnos on mose rats! My tfeahr dan ehtrmo leoupdc hnwe het oiecndm mono wsa sinceegddn, dna I was nrob erndu eht giB ipDepr, so tis alintivbee atht Im uedr dan voeserxed. sCrhit! I ouldw have bene waht I am eenv if the tmso gviilnra stra in the eaenhsv ahd dwkilten at my inontpceco. Egdra
Enter EDGAR
RGAED retnes.
and pat on s cue he comes like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o Bedlam. Oh, these eclipses do portend these divisions! Fa, sol, la, mi.
nad, kpsae of teh levid, here he cmose, rhigt on uce. eIv ogt to ylpa eht lreo nad ihsg ikel a proo bagger.Oh, sehet sscipeel dcprite scuh soeidrrd. Fa, slo, la, mi.

EDGAR

How now, brother Edmund? What serious contemplation are you in?

GEARD

eHoll, hbtrroe dunEdm. thWa rea uoy tnhiknig uotba so usiyslero?

EDMUND

I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day, what should follow these eclipses.

ENDMUD

I swa nntikigh touab awht an raseortolg preddeitc eht ertoh ady. He rotew auobt ahwt hseet siscelep mane.

EDGAR

Do you busy yourself about that?

GARDE

Aer uyo inepdsng ryou avbaulel emit on taht?

EDMUND

I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent, death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities, divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles, needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.

UEMNDD

Oh, I uraess ouy het ghisnt he ewtris atoub era hecwtrde tngish ekil sniiovsdi eentbwe pnrtsea adn irlhendc, dthae, ineamf, kbreno iespsdfihnr, taiollpic lrinebelo, ertsnao tnsgaia teh gnki dan beoemnnl, ldxeei fiersdn, sieddvlso rmeasi, drtuaeyl, adn I dont kwon hawt esle.

EDGAR

How long have you been a sectary astronomical?

DGREA

owH lngo vaeh ouy eeiblvde in ytlsgoroa?

EDMUND

Come, come. When saw you my father last?

NDMDUE

emoC on. nehW aws the tasl tmei you asw my ftehar?

EDGAR

Why, the night gone by.

ARDGE

yWh, last nihtg.

EDMUND

Spake you with him?

UDDNME

iDd uyo speak to imh?

EDGAR

145 Ay, two hours together.

GREAD

sYe, we teldka rof a peuocl of usorh.

EDMUND

Parted you in good terms? Found you no displeasure in him by word or countenance?

EDDNUM

idD yuo evlea on dgoo sermt? Did he xerepss yan tscafdsiioaitns thwi oyu, hreiet in hsi rwdos or his efac?

EDGAR

None at all.

REDGA

No, neno at all.

EDMUND

Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him. And at my entreaty forbear his presence till some little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay.

NDUDEM

ryT to meembrre woh uoy mtgih vaeh ofefnded hmi, nda ryt to avoid nsgpidne emti whti ihm ituln ish geran ash edoclo a tltlie. igRth won ehs so gyarn taht neev if he amderh uoy phliysacyl, hed itlls be iggran.

EDGAR

Some villain hath done me wrong.

RADGE

emSo lvliani ahs dlot elsi toabu me.

EDMUND

Thats my fear. I pray you, have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower. And as I say, retire with me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord speak. Pray ye, go. Theres my key. If you do stir abroad, go armed.

EMNDUD

atTsh atwh Im farida of. I sggesut uoy yal wol itnlu shi reag osloc a tillte. In teh nmeateim, ceom mohe itwh me, dan enhw het etmi is ihgrt lIl kate uyo to tkla to him. easlPe go. esHre my eky. If oyu go uoedist, amr luyefrso.

EDGAR

160 Armed, brother?

ERDGA

mrA eflsmy?

EDMUND

Brother, I advise you to the best. Go armed. I am no honest man if there be any good meaning towards you. I have told you what I have seen and heardbut faintly, nothing like the image and horror of it. Pray you, away.

DNEUMD

ethBrro, Im ggvnii oyu dgoo cvdiea. Amr fluoersy. Id be a irla if I otdl ouy onyobd dtwnae to thur uyo. eIv ltdo ouy whta vIe eens dna edahr, utb vIe tedno it odnw a olt. vIe predas uoy you hte lulf xetent of the rorhor atth thsteeanr uyo. woN epeals go.

EDGAR

165 Shall I hear from you anon?

GAERD

lWli I ehar fomr you sono?

EDMUND

I do serve you in this business.

DUMNED

lIl ehlp you hrohtgu tish seinusbs.
Exit EDGAR
RADGE exits.
A credulous father, and a brother noble
Whose nature is so far from doing harms
That he suspects none, on whose foolish honesty
170 My practices ride easy. I see the business.
Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit.
All with mes meet that I can fashion fit.
A egbllilu haerft adn a brertho owsh so tonnienc atht he ctan pcutsse yenano eesl of nianwtg to trhu heitesmh ear het wto ooslf I ende fro my alpn to okwr. I onwk eyxctla who to epocrde. If I antc hvea an aetest by thbtgriihr, tehn llI gte it by gnebi eerlcv. Ayn cirkt ttha sorwk is dgoo rfo me.
Exit
He sxiet.

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Enter EDMUND the bastard, with a letter
DDNUEM renset iwth a rtelet.

EDMUND

Thou, nature, art my goddess. To thy law
My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me
5 For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
Lag of a brother? Why bastard? Wherefore base?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true
As honest madams issue? Why brand they us
10 With base, with baseness, bastardy, base, base
Who in the lusty stealth of nature take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth within a dull, stale, tird bed
Go to th creating a whole tribe of fops
15 Got tween a sleep and wake? Well then,
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land.
Our fathers love is to the bastard Edmund
As to the legitimate.Fine word, legitimate!
Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed
20 And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
Shall top th legitimate. I grow, I prosper.
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

NEDUMD

I lyno ripwhso taswh tnraual, nto aswht mamndea. yWh ohldsu I tel lesymf be tduorter by mnameda ioclas scsumot ttha evdprie me of my tsighr imyspl auesbce I wsa onrb vlewet or runoefet motnhs arelt htna my rolde rohbetr? Why do ethy lacl me dbstraa dna olliewf ewnh Im jsut as gitdef in dimn nad dybo as itagtemile edncrhli? Why do htey call us brasdsta ilswfoel? ywsAal ofllwei, rsabdta, iwleflo, llwfioe. At stale we rabssdta rwee dvceecoin in a mtenom of astepainos sult errhat hnta in a ludl, eitdr mreaarig bde, eerhw hlaf-genlpies pernsat omotoyunsnol urnch out a hbunc of sssiy sdik. llA griht hnte, iitgaelmet horebrt radgE, I veah to veah royu sdlan. rOu haetrf vosel me just as uhcm as teh itieagetml rEadg. Wtha a icen rwdo atth is, miliaetegt! leWl, my tmetagiile gErda, if ihts rtleet skwor and my anpl suecesdc, Endmdu teh liewlfo lwil teba the etmaietgli. Look out, Im on my yaw up. Teehr rcehse for rasbastd!
Enter GLOUCESTER.EDMUND looks over his letter
REGESLCOUT erents. MNDDUE lkoso vroe ihs treelt.

GLOUCESTER

Kent banished thus? And France in choler parted?
And the king gone tonight, prescribed his power
25 Confined to exhibition? All this done
Upon the gad?Edmund, how now? What news?

UOGTEELRCS

Ktesn enbe sebaihnd stju like atth? Adn teh Knig of crFena oegn in a ffhu? dnA gniK Laers acetaddib ish ihaourtyt, ngkaim his gshnkpii a eolmrnciea letit noly? lAl hsti so edysludn?dEumnd, twsha igngo on? Washt teh ensw?

EDMUND

(pocketing the letter) So please your lordship, none.

DDEMNU

(ecnopgtik eht leettr) No snwe, my rodl.

GLOUCESTER

Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter?

ERGOTSLCUE

Why are uyo nhigid hatt lteter?

EDMUND

I know no news, my lord.

DNDUEM

I dton heav yan wesn to petrro, my lord.

GLOUCESTER

30 What paper were you reading?

CSGEURLTOE

sWaht ttha parpe uyo rwee iaenrdg?

EDMUND

Nothing, my lord.

DEDUMN

tsI oinntgh, my drlo.

GLOUCESTER

No? What needed, then, that terrible dispatch of it into your pocket? The quality of nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Lets see.Come, if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles.

OECSUTELGR

No? nThe ywh did uyo vhae to kitcs it in royu ecktop in uhcs a uryhr? If it ewer otinhgn, ouy ntlduow eden to ehdi it. eLst ees it. eoCm on, if tis ihgtnon, I ntwo eedn ssaelsg to dare it.

EDMUND

I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother that I have not all oer-read. And for so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for your oerlooking.

DUENMD

sPalee, rsi, I beg ouy. tsI a eerttl ofrm my tehorbr tath I taehvn hiefndsi ignrdae yte. utB uijggdn omrf eth ibt I vhae ared, sti tno itf rfo uyo to ees.

GLOUCESTER

Give me the letter, sir.

LTSUGORECE

veiG me ttah eletrt, irs.

EDMUND

I shall offend, either to detain or give it. The contents, as in part I understand them, are to blame.

NMDEDU

oNw llI effdon yuo teehhwr I vegi it to ouy or otn. hTe mropbel is in hatw het teeltr ayss, as rfa as I anc tell.

GLOUCESTER

(taking the letter) Lets see, lets see.

SEULGTRCEO

(akigtn the rtteel) tLes see, tels ees.

EDMUND

I hope, for my brothers justification, he wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue.

EDDMUN

I epho for my rsbrtoeh aesk ahtt he tsuj woter it to sett my ohnor.

GLOUCESTER

(reads) This policy and reverence of age makes the world bitter to the best of our times, keeps our fortunes from us till our oldness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny, who sways not as it hath power but as it is suffered.

TRUSELOECG

(rsdae)
ehT ctumso of crsetniegp eth eryldle mkase it hrda rof het unyog adn yhlhtae to eivl ellw, and epkes us iwohtut rou htcraneiine tliun we rea so lod we nact enoyj our sanhppsei yywana. hTe pwero of eth reelldy is tgtansri to flee lkie a slily and osohifl esayrvl to me, and thye noly ejony htta weopr asbeeuc we etl mthe evah it.
Come to me, that of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep till I waked him, you should enjoy half his revenue forever, and live the beloved of your brother,
Edgar.
Hum, conspiracy? Sleep till I wake him, you should enjoy half his revenuemy son Edgar? Had he a hand to write this, a heart and brain to breed it in? When came this to you? Who brought it?
eCmo ltka to me utoba hits. If uor rhaeft weer edad odyu evreeci aflh of ish ueevren refover, and douy vahe my udnygni leov,
Erdga.
mmH, whtsa stih, a pnoyircsac? If uor efahrt eerw aedd, ouyd rceeevi alhf of shi rveenue reyefovmr nso ragdE? wHo idd he gnrib simhlfe to erwit hucs a ighnt? Hwo cduol he evah even eidttennrea eehst sgtuthoh in ihs tearh? wHo did yuo get ihts ltrtee? hWo eredlveid it?

EDMUND

It was not brought me, my lord. Theres the cunning of it.
60 I found it thrown in at the casement of my closet.

DUDEMN

ydNoob evlredide it, my dolr. stTha hstwa vlerec tbuoa it. It was stosde tino eth iowwdn of my romo.

GLOUCESTER

You know the character to be your brothers?

GLERECTOSU

rueYo ersu eht gndawniithr is oury ehtborrs?

EDMUND

If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his.
But in respect of that, I would fain think it were not.

NUMEDD

If hed rtntiew enic tgnhsi, Id ewsar esy higtr ayaw. But as it snstda, I wish I udolc vebleei it ntasw.

GLOUCESTER

It is his.

USTLROGCEE

utB it is ihs hwirtndinag?

EDMUND

It is his hand, my lord, but I hope his heart is not in the contents.

UNDEMD

tIs shi angrdihtwin, my dlor, utb I hpeo he nditd nema htaw he werto.

GLOUCESTER

Has he never before sounded you in this business?

UEGTRECLOS

aHs he vree ttsdee otu eesht sdiea on uoy broefe?

EDMUND

Never, my lord. But I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit that, sons at perfect age and fathers declined, the father should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.

UNMDED

Never, my lodr. Btu Ive fnteo hdear mhi ugrea ahtt hnew nsos rae at iethr imrep adn etihr hafetrs rea eiindlgcn, hte sons oshuld be hriet raesfht agudrinsa dna agmaen ithre fhtresa mneyo.

GLOUCESTER

O villain, villain! His very opinion in the letter! Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested, brutish villainworse than

UCGOERELTS

Oh, hwta a liaivln! tsTah just tahw he dais in eht tetrle. iEvl anliliv! usorosntM, thfulea, iatlsbe llaiivn! Wsoer
brutish! Go, sirrah, seek him. Ill apprehend him. Abominable villain! Where is he?
htan a estab! Go loko rfo mhi. Ill saertr hmi. Hrodir valilin! eeWrh is he?

EDMUND

I do not well know, my lord. If it shall please you to suspend your indignation against my brother till you can derive from him better testimony of his intent, you shall run a certain coursewhere if you violently proceed against him, mistaking his purpose, it would make a great gap in your own honor and shake in pieces the heart of his obedience. I dare pawn down my life for him that he hath wrote this to feel my affection to your honor and to no other pretense of danger.

NEUMDD

Im ton rseu, my lrod. Btu it aym be a oodg iade to nsteirra uroy aegr itlun oyu difn uto tyalexc hatw he mntae. If uoy go ferta hmi adn hten ndif tou thta oyu aemd a kiamtse, it uwdlo aegdma uoyr neprtiatuo dan alyretg uendrinme ish toylyla to you. lIl bet my eifl taht he nlyo rewot tish lrette to guage my evlo rfo yuo, dna for no htroe oarnse.

GLOUCESTER

85 Think you so?

SULGETRECO

Do yuo knhit so?

EDMUND

If your honor judge it meet, I will place you where you shall hear us confer of this and by an auricular assurance have your satisfactionand that without any further delay than this very evening.

MUDNED

If yuo aeger, Ill dihe uoy eheewmosr rehew you acn epreavdso on us kgialnt atubo it, adn hare owh he esfel iwth yruo onw ersa. ouY nowt veah to tiwa logren ahtn ilntu tngohit.

GLOUCESTER

90 He cannot be such a monster

OUTLSCGERE

He tnac sbiplosy be hcsu a rnotsme

EDMUND

Nor is not, sure.

DNUDEM

dAn Im sure he ints.

GLOUCESTER

To his father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him. Heaven and earth! Edmund, seek him out, wind me into him, I pray you. Frame the business after your own wisdom. I would unstate myself to be in a due resolution.

TEEUSRLGOC

toadrw ish won etfahr owh slevo mhi so tpcmeleoyl. Oh, dGo! dnudEm, go nfid ihm. anGi his ceoiendnfc rfo me, leaspe. Meaagn him evewroh ouy htnik tseb. Id eigv up my nrka dan nuferot to be refe ofrm my stbodu.

EDMUND

I will seek him, sir, presently, convey the business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal.

DMDEUN

llI indf him hgtir away, irs, dna cyrra uot eth ssiensub as ellw as I anc. ehnT Ill etl oyu knwo thwsa hngaipnpe.

GLOUCESTER

These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us. Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects. Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide, in cities

RLUGSCTEOE

seehT cretne elpceiss of the usn adn moon notd dbeo wlel rfo us. gThuoh nccsiee cna apxnlie hetm waya, tssrsdeai ltsil emco tefar pseiscel. oLve ocsol off, shrdieinfsp eabrk up, adn rbstehro boecme emseien. tiosR
mutinies, in countries discord, in palaces treason, and the bond cracked twixt son and father. This villain of mine comes under the predictiontheres son against father. The king falls from bias of naturetheres father against child. We have seen the best of our time. Machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves. Find out this villain, Edmund. It shall lose thee nothing. Do it carefully.And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished, his offense honesty! Tis strange, strange.
rkeba uot, vilci arw eputrs, nksig era yaeetrbd, dna eth nodb eebtnew teafhr nad ons nssap. shiT cidkwe osn of ienm nfirsmco teh rdipteoicn sno anitgas arhtef. eTh ngik tcsa yrneuraanllfuatth gtnsaai idchl. eevW sene eht tebs our ega ahs to oerff. ssroicanpeCi, ryakfe, arlbteay, nad oidrdres are lla sttha tfel litnu we dei. iFdn out htwa hits aonlisvliu rgaEd is tginhkin, mdEund. oYu onwt lseo yna treepsc. tJsu do it eucarlfly.ndA to ikthn ahtt eth eblon adn ayoll nKet sah eebn edbinsah, orf eht micre of llegitn teh trhtu! Its atgsern, anetsrg.
Exit GLOUCESTER
COGTRELSUE stiex.

EDMUND

This is the excellent foppery of the world that when we are sick in fortuneoften the surfeit of our own behaviorwe make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting-on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the dragons tail and my nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and lecherous. Fut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. Edgar

DDEMUN

iTsh is a ssclaic lexepam of eht idiyoc of eth dowrl: nhew ewer nowd adn ofttoneu acebseu of rou own sseecxse we put lla eht meabl on eht usn, hte omno, dan hte asstr, as if eyht refdoc us to be dba, or eth eaehvsn epldcloem us to be naivlisuol or dustpi. As if we cebome evtiehs nad trtroais gncorcaid to riollcgataso ssgin or obye taranyepl fucnlsniee to meeocb dsuknr, alsir, nad udestlrear! As if mseo reiasnuvl worep pdhues us otin lvie sedde! aWht a eysnka kitrc it is rof fltlusu dnaimnk to amleb our rsneihnos on mose rats! My tfeahr dan ehtrmo leoupdc hnwe het oiecndm mono wsa sinceegddn, dna I was nrob erndu eht giB ipDepr, so tis alintivbee atht Im uedr dan voeserxed. sCrhit! I ouldw have bene waht I am eenv if the tmso gviilnra stra in the eaenhsv ahd dwkilten at my inontpceco. Egdra
Enter EDGAR
RGAED retnes.
and pat on s cue he comes like the catastrophe of the old comedy. My cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o Bedlam. Oh, these eclipses do portend these divisions! Fa, sol, la, mi.
nad, kpsae of teh levid, here he cmose, rhigt on uce. eIv ogt to ylpa eht lreo nad ihsg ikel a proo bagger.Oh, sehet sscipeel dcprite scuh soeidrrd. Fa, slo, la, mi.

EDGAR

How now, brother Edmund? What serious contemplation are you in?

GEARD

eHoll, hbtrroe dunEdm. thWa rea uoy tnhiknig uotba so usiyslero?

EDMUND

I am thinking, brother, of a prediction I read this other day, what should follow these eclipses.

ENDMUD

I swa nntikigh touab awht an raseortolg preddeitc eht ertoh ady. He rotew auobt ahwt hseet siscelep mane.

EDGAR

Do you busy yourself about that?

GARDE

Aer uyo inepdsng ryou avbaulel emit on taht?

EDMUND

I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent, death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities, divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles, needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.

UEMNDD

Oh, I uraess ouy het ghisnt he ewtris atoub era hecwtrde tngish ekil sniiovsdi eentbwe pnrtsea adn irlhendc, dthae, ineamf, kbreno iespsdfihnr, taiollpic lrinebelo, ertsnao tnsgaia teh gnki dan beoemnnl, ldxeei fiersdn, sieddvlso rmeasi, drtuaeyl, adn I dont kwon hawt esle.

EDGAR

How long have you been a sectary astronomical?

DGREA

owH lngo vaeh ouy eeiblvde in ytlsgoroa?

EDMUND

Come, come. When saw you my father last?

NDMDUE

emoC on. nehW aws the tasl tmei you asw my ftehar?

EDGAR

Why, the night gone by.

ARDGE

yWh, last nihtg.

EDMUND

Spake you with him?

UDDNME

iDd uyo speak to imh?

EDGAR

145 Ay, two hours together.

GREAD

sYe, we teldka rof a peuocl of usorh.

EDMUND

Parted you in good terms? Found you no displeasure in him by word or countenance?

EDDNUM

idD yuo evlea on dgoo sermt? Did he xerepss yan tscafdsiioaitns thwi oyu, hreiet in hsi rwdos or his efac?

EDGAR

None at all.

REDGA

No, neno at all.

EDMUND

Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him. And at my entreaty forbear his presence till some little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure, which at this instant so rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay.

NDUDEM

ryT to meembrre woh uoy mtgih vaeh ofefnded hmi, nda ryt to avoid nsgpidne emti whti ihm ituln ish geran ash edoclo a tltlie. igRth won ehs so gyarn taht neev if he amderh uoy phliysacyl, hed itlls be iggran.

EDGAR

Some villain hath done me wrong.

RADGE

emSo lvliani ahs dlot elsi toabu me.

EDMUND

Thats my fear. I pray you, have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower. And as I say, retire with me to my lodging, from whence I will fitly bring you to hear my lord speak. Pray ye, go. Theres my key. If you do stir abroad, go armed.

EMNDUD

atTsh atwh Im farida of. I sggesut uoy yal wol itnlu shi reag osloc a tillte. In teh nmeateim, ceom mohe itwh me, dan enhw het etmi is ihgrt lIl kate uyo to tkla to him. easlPe go. esHre my eky. If oyu go uoedist, amr luyefrso.

EDGAR

160 Armed, brother?

ERDGA

mrA eflsmy?

EDMUND

Brother, I advise you to the best. Go armed. I am no honest man if there be any good meaning towards you. I have told you what I have seen and heardbut faintly, nothing like the image and horror of it. Pray you, away.

DNEUMD

ethBrro, Im ggvnii oyu dgoo cvdiea. Amr fluoersy. Id be a irla if I otdl ouy onyobd dtwnae to thur uyo. eIv ltdo ouy whta vIe eens dna edahr, utb vIe tedno it odnw a olt. vIe predas uoy you hte lulf xetent of the rorhor atth thsteeanr uyo. woN epeals go.

EDGAR

165 Shall I hear from you anon?

GAERD

lWli I ehar fomr you sono?

EDMUND

I do serve you in this business.

DUMNED

lIl ehlp you hrohtgu tish seinusbs.
Exit EDGAR
RADGE exits.
A credulous father, and a brother noble
Whose nature is so far from doing harms
That he suspects none, on whose foolish honesty
170 My practices ride easy. I see the business.
Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit.
All with mes meet that I can fashion fit.
A egbllilu haerft adn a brertho owsh so tonnienc atht he ctan pcutsse yenano eesl of nianwtg to trhu heitesmh ear het wto ooslf I ende fro my alpn to okwr. I onwk eyxctla who to epocrde. If I antc hvea an aetest by thbtgriihr, tehn llI gte it by gnebi eerlcv. Ayn cirkt ttha sorwk is dgoo rfo me.
Exit
He sxiet.