King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

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LEAR

Thou but rememberest me of mine own conception. I have perceived a most faint neglect of late, which I have rather blamed as mine own jealous curiosity than as a very pretense and purpose of unkindness. I will look further into ’t. But where’s my fool? I have not seen him this two days.

LEAR

No, you’re just reminding me of something I’ve also noticed. I’ve felt neglected recently, but I decided that it was more likely that I was being hypersensitive than that they were intentionally unkind. I’ll look into it further. But where’s my fool? I haven’t seen him for two days.

FIRST KNIGHT

Since my young lady’s going into France, sir, the fool hath much pined away.

FIRST KNIGHT

Ever since Cordelia left for France, sir, the fool has been depressed.

LEAR

No more of that. I have noted it well. Go you and tell my daughter I would speak with her.

LEAR

Let’s not talk about it. I’ve noticed it myself. Go and tell my daughter I want to speak with her.
Exit an attendant
An attendant exits.
Go you, call hither my fool.
And you, go call my fool.
Exit another attendant
Another attendant exits.
Enter OSWALD
OSWALD enters.
O you sir, you, come you hither, sir. Who am I, sir?
You there, sir, come here please. Who am I, sir?

OSWALD

My lady’s father.

OSWALD

The father of the lady of the house, sir.

LEAR

“My lady’s father”? My lord’s knave, your whoreson dog!
70You slave, you cur!

LEAR

“The father of the lady of the house”? You scoundrel! You lowlife son-of-a-bitch! You dog, you peasant!

OSWALD

I am none of these, my lord. I beseech your pardon.

OSWALD

I’m sorry, sir, but I’m not any of those things.

LEAR

Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal?
(he strikes OSWALD)

LEAR

Are you making faces at me, you scoundrel? (he hits OSWALD)

OSWALD

I’ll not be strucken, my lord.

OSWALD

I won’t be hit, my lord.

KENT

75 (tripping OSWALD)
Nor tripped neither, you base football player.

KENT

(tripping OSWALD) Or tripped, you lowlife

football

Football (soccer) was considered a lower-class game.

football
player?