No Fear Act 5 Scene 3
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LEAR

He’s a good fellow, I can tell you that.
He’ll strike, and quickly too. He’s dead and rotten.

LEAR

He’s a good fellow, I can tell you that much. Not afraid to fight, he’s a feisty one. He’s dead and rotting in the dirt now.

KENT

300No, my good lord. I am the very man—

KENT

No, my lord, that was me. I’m the one who—

LEAR

I’ll see that straight.

LEAR

I’ll get right on that.

KENT

That from your first of difference and decay
Have followed your sad steps.

KENT

—followed you on your sad wanderings, ever since your bad luck began.

LEAR

     You’re welcome hither.

LEAR

Nice to see you.

KENT

Nor no man else. All’s cheerless, dark, and deadly.
305Your eldest daughters have fordone themselves,
And desperately are dead.

KENT

It was me, no one else. Everything is gloomy, dark, and dreadful. Your eldest daughters destroyed themselves and died in despair.

LEAR

   Ay, so I think.

LEAR

Yes, I think that’s true.

ALBANY

He knows not what he says, and vain it is
That we present us to him.

ALBANY

He doesn’t know what he’s saying. It’s useless to try to talk to him.
Enter THIRD MESSENGER
The THIRD MESSENGER enters.

EDGAR

     Very bootless.

EDGAR

Yes, it’s pointless.

THIRD MESSENGER

Edmund is dead, my lord.

THIRD MESSENGER

Edmund is dead, my lord.

ALBANY

   That’s but a trifle here.—
310You lords and noble friends, know our intent.
What comfort to this great decay may come
Shall be applied. For us, we will resign
During the life of this old majesty
To him our absolute power.

ALBANY

That doesn’t matter much with everything else that’s going on.—Gentlemen, I will announce my plans. I’ll do everything I can to ease the king’s suffering. As for me, I’m surrendering all my power over to him, giving him absolute authority for the rest of his life.