King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 1

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Enter with drum and colors EDMUND, REGAN, gentlemen, and soldiers
EDMUND, REGAN, gentlemen, and soldiers enter with drums and banners.

EDMUND

(to a gentleman) Know of the duke if his last purpose hold,
Or whether since he is advised by aught
To change the course. He’s full of alteration
And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.

EDMUND

(to a gentleman) Go find out from the Duke of Albany if his decision still holds, or if he’s changed his mind. He’s always going back and forth and second-guessing himself. Come back and tell me what his final decision is.
Exit gentleman
Gentleman exits.

REGAN

5Our sister’s man is certainly miscarried.

REGAN

My sister’s servant Oswald has certainly run into trouble.

EDMUND

'Tis to be doubted, madam.

EDMUND

I’m afraid that may be the case, madam.

REGAN

     Now, sweet lord,
You know the goodness I intend upon you.
Tell me but truly—but then speak the truth—
Do you not love my sister?

REGAN

Now, my sweet lord, you know how much I like you. Tell me truthfully, do you love my sister?

EDMUND

     In honored love.

EDMUND

Yes, truly and honorably.

REGAN

10But have you never found my brother’s way
To the forfended place?

REGAN

But have you ever gone in my brother-in-law’s bed and had sex with her?

EDMUND

That thought abuses you.

EDMUND

No. You dishonor yourself and our relationship by thinking that.

REGAN

I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
And bosomed with her as far as we call hers.

REGAN

I’m just worried that you’ve been cozying up to her, and gotten intimate with her.

EDMUND

15No, by mine honor, madam.

EDMUND

No, I swear on my honor, I haven’t, madam.