Act 4 Scene 5

Scene 5

[Enter Regan and Oswald, the Steward.]


REGAN 
 But are my brother’s powers set forth?

OSWALD   Ay, madam.

REGAN  Himself in person there?


OSWALD  Madam, with much ado.
[5]  Your sister is the better soldier.

REGAN 
 Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?

OSWALD  No, madam.

REGAN 
 What might import my sister’s letter to him?

OSWALD  I know not, lady.

[10]REGAN 
 Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
 It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
 To let him live. Where he arrives he moves
 All hearts against us. Edmund, I think, is gone,
 In pity of his misery, to dispatch
[15]  His nighted life; moreover to descry
 The strength o’ th’ enemy.

OSWALD 
 I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.

REGAN 
 Our troops set forth tomorrow. Stay with us.
 The ways are dangerous.

[20]OSWALD   I may not, madam.
 My lady charged my duty in this business.

REGAN 
 Why should she write to Edmund? Might not you
 Transport her purposes by word? Belike,
 Some things—I know not what. I’ll love thee much—
[25]  Let me unseal the letter.

OSWALD   Madam, I had rather—

REGAN 
 I know your lady does not love her husband;
 I am sure of that; and at her late being here,
 She gave strange eliads and most speaking looks
[30]  To noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosom.

OSWALD  I, madam?

REGAN 
 I speak in understanding. Y’ are; I know ’t.


 Therefore I do advise you take this note:
 My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talked,
[35]  And more convenient is he for my hand
 Than for your lady’s. You may gather more.
 If you do find him, pray you, give him this,
 And when your mistress hears thus much from you,
 I pray, desire her call her wisdom to her.
[40]  So, fare you well.
 If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,
 Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.

OSWALD 
 Would I could meet him, madam. I should show
 What party I do follow.

[45]REGAN   Fare thee well.
[They exit.]



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