King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 6

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EDGAR interferes
EDGAR steps in between GLOUCESTER and OSWALD.

OSWALD

   Wherefore, bold peasant,
Darest thou support a published traitor? Hence,
Lest that th' infection of his fortune take
225Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.

OSWALD

Whoa, man, you dare to support someone who’s been proclaimed a traitor? Get out of here, before his bad luck infects you too. Let go of his arm.

EDGAR

'Chill not let go, zir, without vurther 'casion.

EDGAR

Oh no, sir, I won’t let him go, sir, not without a good reason.

OSWALD

Let go, slave, or thou diest!

OSWALD

Let go of him, peasant, or you die!

EDGAR

Good gentleman, go your gait, and let poor volk pass. An 'chud ha' bin zwaggered out of my life, ’twould not ha' bin zo long as ’tis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near th' old man. Keep out, che vor' ye, or I’se try whether your costard or my ballow be the harder. 'Chill be plain with you.

EDGAR

Get on with your business, sir, and leave the poor people alone. If

macho talk

Edgar speaks with the accent of someone from the west of England here.

macho talk
like yours could kill me, I’d have died weeks ago. No, don’t come near the old man. Keep away, I’m warning you, or I’ll find out whether your head is harder than my walking stick. I’m completely serious.

OSWALD

Out, dunghill!

OSWALD

Get out of here, you pile of crap.

EDGAR

'Chill pick your teeth, zir. Come, no matter vor your foins.

EDGAR

I’ll knock your teeth out, sir. To hell with your sword.
EDGAR and OSWALD fight
EDGAR and OSWALD fight.

OSWALD

235 (falling) Slave, thou hast slain me. Villain, take my purse.
If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body.
And give the letters which thou find’st about me
To Edmund, Earl of Gloucester. Seek him out
Upon the British party. O untimely death! (dies)

OSWALD

(falling) You peasant, you’ve killed me! Villain, take my money. If you survive, make sure I have a decent burial. Give the letters I’m carrying to Edmund, Earl of Gloucester. He’s with the English camp. Oh, early death! (he dies)

EDGAR

240I know thee well—a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.

EDGAR

I know you well. You’re a hardworking villain who’d do anything his evil mistress wanted him to.

GLOUCESTER

   What, is he dead?

GLOUCESTER

Is he dead?