The Tragedy of King Lear
Act III, Scene 5
Enter Cornwall and Edmund.
- Edmund. How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to
loyalty, something fears me to think of.
- Duke 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 reproveable badness in himself.
- 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!
- Edmund. If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty
business in hand.
- Duke of Cornwall. True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester.
Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our
- Edmund. [aside] If I find him comforting the King, it will stuff his
suspicion more fully.- I will persever in my course of loyalty,
though the conflict be sore between that and my blood.
- Duke of Cornwall. I will lay trust upon thee, and thou shalt find a dearer
father in my love.