Election Day is November 3rd! Make sure your voice is heard
No Fear Act 4 Scene 6
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LEAR

I will die bravely, like a smug bridegroom.
What, I will be jovial. Come, come.
I am a king, my masters, know you that?

LEAR

I’ll die

courageously

Shakespeare puns on the idea that orgasm is similar to death, in part because both involve a loss of awareness of the world.

courageously
, like a well-dressed bridegroom. Okay, I’ll be cheery. I’m king. Did you know that, gentlemen?

GENTLEMAN

190You are a royal one, and we obey you.

GENTLEMAN

You’re of royal blood, and we obey you.

LEAR

Then there’s life in ’t. Come, an if you get it, you shall get it by running. Sa, sa, sa, sa.

LEAR

Then there’s still a chance. Come and get it! But you’ll have to catch me! Catch me if you can! Sa, sa, sa, sa.
Exit LEAR running, followed by two gentlemen
LEAR exits running, chased by two gentlemen.

GENTLEMAN

A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch,
Past speaking of in a king. Thou hast a daughter
195Who redeems nature from the general curse
Which twain have brought her to.

GENTLEMAN

This is a difficult to see even in a beggar. In a king, the sight is unbearable. He has a daughter good enough to cancel out the wickedness of the other two.

EDGAR

     Hail, gentle sir.

EDGAR

Hello, good sir.

GENTLEMAN

Sir, speed you. What’s your will?

GENTLEMAN

How do you do, sir. How can I help you?

EDGAR

Do you hear aught, sir, of a battle toward?

EDGAR

Have you heard any news of impending battle?

GENTLEMAN

Most sure and vulgar. Everyone hears that
200That can distinguish sound.

GENTLEMAN

Certainly. Everyone who can hear has heard about it.

EDGAR

But, by your favor, how near’s the other army?

EDGAR

Could you tell me how near the enemy is?

GENTLEMAN

Near and on speedy foot. The main descry
Stands in the hourly thought.

GENTLEMAN

Very near, and approaching fast. The main body of the army is expected here any hour now.

EDGAR

   I thank you, sir. That’s all.

EDGAR

Thank you, sir. That’s all I wanted to know.