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forming her of a division between Albany and Corn, wall, and of Lear's distressed situation. Exeunt
severally. Sc. II. Storm continues. Enter Lear and Fool. Lear's wild
exclamations, and the Fool's jests. Sc. III. To them enter Kont. Kent persuades Lear to shel.
ter himself from the storm in a hovel hard by, while he (Kent) returns to the castle to force ad
miffion for Lear. The Fool's dro!l prophecy, Sc. IV. An apartment in Glo'ster's castle. Enter Glo. and
Edm. Glo. expresses his dislike of Lear's treatment, and determines to side with him and relieve him, Exit. Edm. (alone) determines to inform the duke of his father's design, by which he shall effect his
own rise at the price of his father's ruin. Exit. Sc. V. Part of the heath, with a hovel. Enter Lear, Kent
and Fool. Kent begs Lear to enter the hovel for Melter. Lear disregards the storm, and vents re
proaches against his unnatural daughters. Sc. VI. From the hovel enter Edg. disguised as a madman,
Wild talk of Lear and Edg. 6c. VII. Enter Glo. with a torch. Glo. begs Lear to remove
to a house he has provided for him. Lear refuses
to leave Edg. Edg. goes with them. Sc. VIII. Glofter's castle. Enter Cornwall and Edm. It ap. .
pears that Edn. hath revealed his father's intention
of relieving Lear. $c. IX. A chamber in a farm-house. Enter Kent and Glo.
Glo. promises his father affiftance, and exit. En : ter Lear, Edg. and Fool. Lear's real and Edgar's counterfeit modcess. Re-enter Glo. with news of a plot on Lear's We, and that a litter is provided for
him to convey him with all speed to Dover, that he
may escape the affassination. Excunt. Sc. X. Glofter's castle. Enter Corn. Reg. Gon. Edm. and
fervants. Corn. sends to arrest Glo. Enter Steward with news that Lear, by the assistance of Glo. is car
ried to Dover. Exeunt Gon. and Edm. Sc. XI. Enter Glo, prisoner, and servents. They bind Gla.
and after insults, his eyes are trodden out by Corn. wall. In a scuffle between a servant (who stands vp for Glo.) and Cornwall, the latter is mortally wounded, and the former killed by Regan on the spot. Glo. perceives that his son Edg. is abused, and that Edm. is the villain. Glo. is turned out of doors.
&c. I. An open country. Enter Edg. Soliloquy. Enter Glo.
led by an old man, who offers to be his conductor, but is refused. Edg. is accepted of as Glo'fter's
guide to Dover. Exeunt. Sc. II. The Duke of Albany's palace. Enter Gon. Edm. and
Steward. A love-intrigue opens between Gon. and Edm. Gon. gives Edm. a ring; and names the Steward as a trusty messenger between them. Exit Edm. and Steward. Enter Albany. He reprehends Gon. for her cruel behaviour to Lear, but is derided for his humanity. Enter mesleoger with news of the Duke of Cornwall's death, and Gloster's loss of his eyes. Albany determines to revenge Glofter.
Sc, III. Dover. Enter Kont, an ia Gentleman, who informs
Kent that he had delivered his letters to Cordelia,
his unkind behaviour to her. Exeunt. Sc. IV. A camp. Enter Cor. Physician, and soldiers. Cor.
enjoins the Physician to use his utmost kill for the recovery of Lear from bis madness. Enter a mef . senger with news that the British powers are march
ing against Cordelia's. Sc. V. Regan's palace. Enter Reg. and Steward. It ap.
pears that Reg. is in love with Edm. and desires to read the contents of a letter which Gon. (of whom Me is jealous) has sent by the Steward to Edm. but is refuled. She gives the Steward one from herself to deliver to Edm. She promises him a reward
if finding Glo. he should kill him. Sc. VI. The country near Dover. Enter Glo. and Edg, as
a peasant, wlio pretends to be leading him up to the top of Dover cliff. When Glo. is made to believe he is arrived, he throws himself down as with a design to put an end to his life, but without hurt. Edg. here feigns himself to be another person at the bottom of the cliff, and having assured Glo that he had fallen from the top to the bottom,
secms to wonder, with Glo. that he was not dead. Sc. VII. To them enter Lear madly dreft with flowers.
Talk agreeable to the character and misfortunes of
these three persons. Sc. VIII. To them enter a gentleman with attendants, who scize on Lear, in order to carry him to Cor. News
that the enemy is near. Exeunt Lear, gentleman,
and attendants. Manet Glo. and Edg. Sc. IX. To them enter Steward, who assaulting Glo. with a
design to kill him, is himself killed by Edg. Edg.
Edg. leads off Glo. to a place of safety.
expresses her gratitude to Kent for his services to
A c T v.
Sc. I. A camp. Enter Edm. Reg. and their powers. Reg.
discovers to Edm. her jealousy of him with Gon.
Talk of the war, &c.
desiring private speech with Alb. delivers him the
Sc. III. Manet Edm. Soliloquy. He determincs, after the
battle is over, if Lear and Cordelia should be taken prisoners, to frustrate any intended pardon granted
to them from Alb. and to take them off. Sc. IV. A field. Alarm within. Enter with drum and co
Jours, Lear, Cor. and soldiers over the stage, and Exeunt. Enter Eng. and Glo. Edg. seats Glo. under a bush, and leaves him till the battle is over. Alarm and retreat within. Re-enter Edg. who informs Glo. that Lear hath lost the battle, and that he and his daughter Cor. are taken prisoners.
Exeunt. Sc. V. Enter in conquest with drum and colours, Edinund:
Lear and Cor. prisoners. Soldiers, Captain. Edm. orders Lear and Cor. to prison. Exeunt Lear and Cor. guarded. Edm. gives written instructions to the Captain, and promises him preferment if he
obeys them. Exit Captain. Sc. VI. To Edm. enter Alb. Gon. Reg. and soldiers. Upon
Edmund's assuming behaviour, Alb. tells him he holds him not as a brother, but a subject, in the war. Reg. asserts that she has invested bin with sovereign honour by designing him for her husband; and now gives herself and all she has to him. Alb. arrests Edm. on capital treason, orders the trumpet to found for the champiou who is to prove it. Exit Reg. sick, being poisoned by Gon. Enter
Herald at the call of Edm. Sc. VII. A trumpet founds. Edg. appears. He and Edm. . engage. Edm. falis
Alb, shews Gon. the letter of hers which Edg. had given him. Exit Gon. defperate.