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  Act 5 Scene 3

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ALBANY

   Fall and cease.

ALBANY

Let the world collapse around us.

LEAR

This feather stirs. She lives. If it be so,
It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows
280That ever I have felt.

LEAR

This feather moved because of her breath. She’s alive. If that’s true, it makes up for all the sorrows I’ve ever known.

KENT

   O my good master!

KENT

Oh, my good master!

LEAR

Prithee, away.

LEAR

Please, go away.

EDGAR

   'Tis noble Kent, your friend.

EDGAR

It’s noble Kent, your friend.

LEAR

A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all!
I might have saved her. Now she’s gone for ever.—
Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha?
285What is ’t thou say’st?—Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.—
I killed the slave that was a-hanging thee.

LEAR

Curse you all, you’re all murderers and traitors! I could have saved her. Now she’s gone forever.—Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a while. Ha? What are you saying?—Her voice always was so soft and gentle. That’s a good thing in a woman.—I killed the scum who was hanging you.

THIRD KNIGHT

'Tis true, my lords, he did.

THIRD KNIGHT

It’s true, my lords, he did.

LEAR

     Did I not, fellow?
I have seen the day with my good biting falchion
290I would have made them skip. I am old now,
And these same crosses spoil me. (to KENT) Who are you?
Mine eyes are not o' th' best, I’ll tell you straight.

LEAR

Didn’t I? Back in the old days I would’ve made him dance with my sword. But I’m old now, and suffering has weakened me. (to KENT) Who are you? My eyesight’s not the best, I’ll tell you straight.

KENT

If Fortune brag of two she loved and hated,
One of them we behold.

KENT

We’re looking at the unluckiest man who ever lived.

LEAR

   This a dull sight.
295Are you not Kent?

LEAR

My vision is dull. Aren’t you Kent?

KENT

The same. Your servant Kent.
Where is your servant Caius?

KENT