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No Fear Act 5 Scene 3
No Fear Act 5 Scene 3 Page 13

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ALBANY

   Run, run, O, run!

ALBANY

Run, run, oh, run!

EDGAR

To who, my lord?—Who hath the office? Send
Thy token of reprieve.

EDGAR

Whom should we look for in the castle?—Whose job is it? Send something along to prove you’re withdrawing the orders.

Edmund

Well thought on. Take my sword. The captain—
Give it the captain.

EDMUND

Good idea. Take my sword. The captain—give it to the captain.

ALBANY

   Haste thee for thy life.

EDGAR

Run as if your life depended on it.
Exit a soldier
A soldier exits.

Edmund

265He hath commission from thy wife and me
To hang Cordelia in the prison and
To lay the blame upon her own despair,
That she fordid herself.

EDMUND

My wife and I ordered him to hang Cordelia in prison and then to make it look as if she committed suicide in despair.

ALBANY

The gods defend her!—hear him hence awhile.

ALBANY

Heaven help her!—Get him out of here for now.
Exit soldiers with EDMUND
Soldiers exit with EDMUND.
Enter LEAR with CORDELIA in his arms, a THIRD KNIGHT following
LEAR enters with CORDELIA in his arms, followed by the THIRD KNIGHT.

LEAR

270Howl, howl, howl, howl! Oh, you are men of stones.
Had I your tongues and eyes, I’d use them so
That heaven’s vault should crack. She’s gone forever.
I know when one is dead and when one lives.
She’s dead as earth. Lend me a looking-glass.
275If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
Why then, she lives.

LEAR

Howl, howl, howl, howl! Oh, you men are made of stone! If I were you with eyes and a tongue to speak with, I’d crack heaven wide open with my laments! She’s gone forever. I know how to tell when someone is alive or dead. She’s as dead as the cold ground. Let me borrow a mirror. If her breath steams up the glass, then she’s alive.

KENT

   Is this the promised end?

KENT

Is this doomsday? The end of the world?

EDGAR

Or image of that horror?

EDGAR

Or just a foretaste of it?