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LEAR, King of Britain.
-Daughters to Lear.
Knights of Lear's train, Officers,
Messengers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
Scene I. A Room of State in
King LEAR'S Palace. Enter Kent, GLOUCESTER, and
Kent. I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall
.. Gloù. It did always seem so to us; but now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weighed that curiosity in
neither can make choice of either's moiety.
Kent. Is not this your son,
my lord ?
Glou. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have often blushed to acknowledge him, that now ! am brazed to it.
Kent. Leannot conceive you.
Glou. Sir, this fellow's mother could ; whereupon she grew round-wombed, and had, indeed, sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault? Kent. I cannot wish the
fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.
Glou. But I have a son, sir, by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account: though this knave came something saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged. Do you know this noble gentleman, Edmund ?
Edm. No, my lord.
Glou. My Lord of Kent: