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  Act 2 Scene 1

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GLOUCESTER

   Ay, my good lord.

GLOUCESTER

Yes, my lord.

CORNWALL

If he be taken, he shall never more
115Be feared of doing harm. Make your own purpose
How in my strength you please.—For you, Edmund,
Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant
So much commend itself, you shall be ours.
Natures of such deep trust we shall much need.
120You we first seize on.

CORNWALL

If he’s caught, he’ll never make trouble for anyone again. Feel free to use my authority however you wish in order to apprehend him.—As for you, Edmund, you’ve been so loyal and virtuous throughout this whole business. I’d like you to work for me. I need people as trustworthy as you.

EDMUND

   I shall serve you, sir,
Truly, however else.

EDMUND

I’ll always be loyal to you, sir.

GLOUCESTER

(to CORNWALL) For him I thank your grace.

GLOUCESTER

(to cornwall) Thank you, my lord, for your kindness to Edmund.

CORNWALL

You know not why we came to visit you—

CORNWALL

You don’t know why we came to visit you—

REGAN

Thus out of season, threading dark-eyed night.
125Occasions, noble Gloucester, of some poise,
Wherein we must have use of your advice:
Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister,
Of differences, which I least thought it fit
To answer from our home. The several messengers
130From hence attend dispatch. Our good old friend,
Lay comforts to your bosom, and bestow
Your needful counsel to our business,
Which craves the instant use.

REGAN

Yes, and so unexpectedly, at night. There are some important matters we need your advice on, Gloucester. My father and my sister have both recently written to me about arguments between them. I realized it would be inconvenient to answer them from home, especially since the king may be on his way there. Their messengers are ready, waiting to deliver our response in these matters. So please, old friend, give us some good advice. We need it desperately and immediately.

GLOUCESTER

I serve you, madam.
135Your graces are right welcome.

GLOUCESTER

I’m at your service, madam. Both of you are very welcome here.
Flourish. Exeunt
Trumpets play. They all exit.