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  Act 5 Scene 3

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155Which, for they yet glance by and scarcely bruise,
This sword of mine shall give them instant way,
Where they shall rest for ever.—Trumpets, speak!
still fight you and embed your lies back in your hellish heart.—Trumpets, blow!
Alarums EDMUND and EDGAR fight EDMUND falls
Trumpets play. EDMUND and EDGAR fight. EDMUND falls.

ALBANY

Save him, save him!

ALBANY

(to EDGAR) Save him, save him!

GONERIL

This is practice, Gloucester.
160By th' law of arms thou wast not bound to answer
An unknown opposite. Thou art not vanquished,
But cozened and beguiled.

GONERIL

You were tricked into fighting, Gloucester. According to the laws of war, you didn’t have to fight a stranger. You haven’t lost this fight; you’ve been tricked and deceived.

ALBANY

   Shut your mouth, dame,
Or with this paper shall I stop it.—Hold, sir,
(gives the letter to EDMUND)
165Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil.—
(to GONERIL) Nay, no tearing, lady. I perceive you know it.

ALBANY

Shut your mouth, woman, or I’ll shove this paper in it.—Stop, sir. (gives the letter to EDMUND) You despicable criminal, read your crime. (to GONERIL) Don’t try to tear it up, madam. I take it you know what this letter says.

GONERIL

Say, if I do? The laws are mine, not thine.
Who can arraign me for ’t?

GONERIL

And what if I do? I make the laws, not you. Who can prosecute me for it?

ALBANY

   Most monstrous, oh!
(to EDMUND) Know’st thou this paper?

ALBANY

Oh, monstrous! (to EDMUND) Do you know what letter this is?

EDMUND

170Ask me not what I know.

EDMUND

Don’t ask me what I know.
Exit GONERIL
GONERIL exits.

ALBANY

Go after her. She’s desperate. Govern her.

ALBANY

Follow her. She’s desperate. Make sure she doesn’t do anything stupid.
Exit a soldier
A soldier exits.