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  Act 2 Scene 1

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REGAN

If it be true, all vengeance comes too short
Which can pursue th' offender. How dost, my lord?

REGAN

If they’re true, no punishment is harsh enough for the criminal. How are you, my lord?

GLOUCESTER

O madam, my old heart is cracked, it’s cracked.

GLOUCESTER

Oh, madam, my old heart is broken, broken.

REGAN

95What, did my father’s godson seek your life?—
He whom my father named, your Edgar?

REGAN

Did my father’s godson try to kill you? The one whom my father named, your son Edgar?

GLOUCESTER

O, lady, lady, shame would have it hid.

GLOUCESTER

Oh, my lady, I’m ashamed to admit it.

REGAN

Was he not companion with the riotous knights
That tend upon my father?

REGAN

Wasn’t he friends with all those brawling knights who serve my father?

GLOUCESTER

100I know not, madam. 'Tis too bad, too bad.

GLOUCESTER

I don’t know, madam. Oh, it’s too terrible.

EDMUND

Yes, madam, he was of that consort.

EDMUND

To answer your question, ma'am—yes, he was friendly with those knights.

REGAN

No marvel then, though he were ill affected.
'Tis they have put him on the old man’s death,
To have th' expense and spoil of his revenues.
105I have this present evening from my sister
Been well informed of them—and with such cautions
That if they come to sojourn at my house
I’ll not be there.

REGAN

Then it’s no surprise they had a bad influence on him. They probably put him up to killing old man Gloucester to get his money. Tonight I received a letter from my sister telling me all about them—and warning me not be at home in case they come to stay at my house.

CORNWALL

   Nor I, assure thee, Regan.—
Edmund, I hear that you have shown your father
110A childlike office.

CORNWALL

And I won’t be there either.—Edmund, I’m told you’ve acted like a true son to your father.

EDMUND

   It was my duty, sir.

EDMUND

I just did my duty, sir.

GLOUCESTER

He did bewray his practice, and received
This hurt you see striving to apprehend him.

GLOUCESTER

He exposed Edgar’s murderous plot, and was wounded, as you see there, when trying to apprehend him.

CORNWALL

Is he pursued?

CORNWALL

Are your men searching for him?