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King Lear

King Lear

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King Lear Loyalty Quotes

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Quote #1

[…] Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thine attaint, This gilded serpent [Pointing to Goneril] For your claim, fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife: 'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, And I, her husband, contradict your bans. If you will marry, make your loves to me, My lady is bespoke. (5.3.5)

Gosh. The writers of One Life to Live must have read King Lear because this play is beginning to look and sound a lot like a soap opera. After Albany finds out that his wife has been sleeping with Edmund (and that his sister-in-law, Regan, is trying hook up with Edmund too), he charges Goneril and Edmund with "treason." Because Albany is a ruler, Goneril's infidelity doesn't just make her a disloyal spouse, it makes her a criminal against the state.

Quote #2

CORDELIA We are not the first Who with best meaning have incurred the worst. (5.3.1)

Cordelia seems to recognize that she is one in a long line of people who gets shafted while trying to do the right thing. The kicker is that she doesn't yet know "the worst" consists of her death.

Quote #3

KING LEAR This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent? KENT The same, Your servant Kent: Where is your servant Caius? KING LEAR He's a good fellow, I can tell you that; He'll strike, and quickly too: he's dead and rotten. KENT No, my good lord; I am the very man,-- KING LEAR I'll see that straight. KENT That, from your first of difference and decay, Have follow'd your sad steps. KING LEAR You are welcome hither. KENT Nor no man else: all's cheerless, dark, and deadly. Your eldest daughters have fordone them selves, And desperately are dead. KING LEAR Ay, so I think. ALBANY He knows not what he says: and vain it is That we present us to him. (5.3.6)

Loyalty? It's not rewarded in King Lear. When Kent finally reveals his true identity to Lear, it's too late.

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