However, Lear dies, believing Cordelia has revived. I'll prove it on thy 3230 heart, Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less Than I have here proclaim'd thee. Cordelia expects to confront Regan and Goneril, but Lear vehemently refuses to do so. He then writes his captain an order on a piece of paper and tells him that he will be promoted if he executes Lear and Cordelia. Mean you to enjoy him? He doesn't say anything about Lear. Lear begs Cordelia to revive to no avail.
If you will marry, make your loves to me, My lady is bespoke. A Gentleman enters to report that Goneril has confessed to poisoning Regan, before committing suicide herself. Reunited with Cordelia, Lear seems to see prison as offering the same kind of opportunity that he thought he would get by giving up power: an escape from political responsibility that will let him stand outside the usual rules of the court and be amused by it. A herald, ho, a herald! Is this the promis'd end? Lear assumes that this man's daughters must have made him this way because what else could cause a man to become so incoherent. He gives the gentleman a ring, which proves Kent's identity, so Cordelia will know who he is. Pray you, undo this button.
But it is too late. Edmund is growing more confident. She has been murdered by a subordinate answering to Edmund and Goneril. The Fool is left on stage making predictions about the future of England. Look on her, look, her lips, Look there, look there! In the First Folio edition the collected works of Shakespeare published in 1623 , Lear dies thinking that Cordelia is dead and Albany gets to speak the final lines of the play. Lend me a looking glass. Edmund decides he must tell Cornwall what he knows, so that the young men can take over the elder men's places.
Albany cuts her off, brandishing the letter that she wrote to Edmund, plotting against his life. Look on her, look, her lips, Look there, look there! If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated, One of them we behold. Sir, I thought it fit To send the old and miserable King To some retention and appointed guard; 3175 Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, To pluck the common bosom on his side And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes Which do command them. The old King staggers onstage with his daughter in his arms. Shakespeare's King Lear Act 3, Scene 5 directory search King Lear Please see the bottom of this page for helpful resources. A herald reads a declaration calling for any man who would like to declare that Edmund is a traitor to come forth.
Edmund orders the two to be taken away to confinement so he can decide their fates. In his demeaned state, the King recognizes how precious shelter is, asking Kent to lead him to the hovel. Granting Edmund the title of Earl of Gloucester, Cornwall then sends him to find his father and arrest him. It was believed that the winner of the physical fight would thereby demonstrate the rightness of his argument. As Edgar is wrapping up his story, a Gentleman runs in, crying for help, with a bloody knife.
The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. He led our powers; Bore the commission of my place and person; The which immediacy may well stand up, And call itself your brother. In scene two Lear is with the Fool in the storm. When Cornwall and Edmund talk to Regan and Goneril about how Gloucester wants to help protect Lear, Goneril decides they should pluck out Gloucester's eyes for being a traitor. Glossary apprehension capture or arrest.
A servant jumps in to protect Gloucester and stabs Cornwall, but the servant is killed by Regan. Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters? Thy great employment Will not bear question. I know when one is dead, and when one lives; She's dead as earth. Again Kent urges him to take shelter but Lear refuses, saying that he wants isolation to pray in the storm. The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The bloody proclamation to escape, 215 That follow'd me so near,--O, our lives' sweetness! Your eldest daughters have fordone themselves, 3475 And desperately are dead. Albany challenges Edmund to defend himself against the charge in a trial by combat, and he sounds the trumpet to summon his champion. Lear, however, wants nothing to do with them. All friends shall taste The wages of their virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. If it be so, It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows 3445 That ever I have felt. Regan interjects that she will give him herself and her property—all he requires to become Albany's brother. Lear speculates on the state of the homeless, identifying with them.
He lashes out against the illegitimate Edmund, reminding him of his birthright status. Cordelia, speaking with Lear, wonders if they should ask to see Goneril and Regan. He but usurp'd his life. Captain I'll do 't, my lord. General, Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine. One step I have advanc'd thee.