Act 3 Scene 3

Scene 3

[Enter Gloucester and Edmund.]


GLOUCESTER  Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this
 unnatural dealing. When I desired their leave that I
 might pity him, they took from me the use of mine
 own house, charged me on pain of perpetual
[5]  displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat for
 him, or any way sustain him.

EDMUND  Most savage and unnatural.

GLOUCESTER  Go to; say you nothing. There is division
 between the dukes, and a worse matter than that. I
[10]  have received a letter this night; ’tis dangerous to
 be spoken; I have locked the letter in my closet.
 These injuries the King now bears will be revenged


 home; there is part of a power already footed. We
 must incline to the King. I will look him and privily
[15]  relieve him. Go you and maintain talk with the
 Duke, that my charity be not of him perceived. If he
 ask for me, I am ill and gone to bed. If I die for it, as
 no less is threatened me, the King my old master
 must be relieved. There is strange things toward,
[20]  Edmund. Pray you, be careful. [He exits.]

EDMUND 
 This courtesy forbid thee shall the Duke
 Instantly know, and of that letter too.
 This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
 That which my father loses—no less than all.
[25]  The younger rises when the old doth fall.
[He exits.]



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