William Shakespeare (15641616). The Tragedy of King Lear. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
[Gloucesters castle] Enter GLOUCESTER and EDMUND
Glou. 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; chargd me, on pain of perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, or any way sustain him.
Edm. Most savage and unnatural!
Glou. Go to; say you nothing. There is division between the Dukes, and a worse matter than that. I have received a letter this night; tis dangerous to be spoken; I have lockd the letter in my closet. These injuries the King now bears will be revenged home;1 there is part of a power already footed.2 We must incline to the King. I will look him, and privily 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 threatned me, the King my old master must be relieved. There is strange things toward,3 Edmund; pray you, be careful. Exit.