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  Act 5 Scene 3

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ALBANY

Produce their bodies, be they alive or dead.
This judgment of the heavens that makes us tremble
245Touches us not with pity.

ALBANY

(to SECOND KNIGHT) Bring the bodies here, whether they’re alive or dead. We tremble at the gods' wrath, but we don’t mourn these deaths.
Exit SECOND KNIGHT
The SECOND KNIGHT exits.
Enter KENT
KENT enters.
     Oh, is this he?
The time will not allow the compliment
Which very manners urges.
Oh, is that Kent? There’s no time for polite greetings.

KENT

   I am come
To bid my king and master aye good night.
Is he not here?

KENT

I’ve come to say farewell to my king and master. Isn’t he here?

ALBANY

   Great thing of us forgot!—
250Speak, Edmund, where’s the king? And where’s Cordelia?—

ALBANY

What an enormous thing for us to forget!—Edmund, tell us, where’s the king? And where’s Cordelia?—
REGAN’s and GONERIL’s corpses are brought out
GONERIL’s and REGAN’s bodies are brought out.
Seest thou this object, Kent?
Do you see this, Kent?

Kent

Alack, why thus?

KENT

Oh, why is this so?

EDMUND

Yet Edmund was beloved.
The one the other poisoned for my sake,
255And after slew herself.

EDMUND

Still, Edmund was beloved. One of the sisters poisoned the other out of love for me, and then killed herself.

ALBANY

   Even so.—Cover their faces.

ALBANY

Apparently so.—Cover their faces.

EDMUND

I pant for life. Some good I mean to do
Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send—
Be brief in it—to th' castle, for my writ
Is on the life of Lear and on Cordelia.
260Nay, send in time!

EDMUND

I wish I could live longer. I want to do a little good despite my evil nature. Go quickly—hurry—to the castle, for I’ve given orders to have Lear and Cordelia killed. Hurry, send someone immediately!