Act 3 Scene 5

Scene 5

[Enter Cornwall, and Edmund with a paper.]

CORNWALL  I will have my revenge ere I depart his

EDMUND  How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature
 thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me to
[5]  think of.

CORNWALL  I now perceive it was not altogether your
 brother’s evil disposition made him seek his death,
 but a provoking merit set awork by a reprovable
 badness in himself.

[10]EDMUND  How malicious is my fortune that I must
 repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of,
 which approves him an intelligent party to the
 advantages of France. O heavens, that this treason
 were not, or not I the detector.

[15]CORNWALL  Go with me to the Duchess.

EDMUND  If the matter of this paper be certain, you
 have mighty business in hand.

CORNWALL  True or false, it hath made thee Earl of
 Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he
[20]  may be ready for our apprehension.

EDMUND , [aside]  If I find him comforting the King, it
 will stuff his suspicion more fully.—I will persevere
 in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore
 between that and my blood.

[25]CORNWALL  I will lay trust upon thee, and thou shalt
 find a dearer father in my love.
[They exit.]

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