|William Shakespeare (15641616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.|
|Act III. Scene III.|
A Room in GLOUCESTERS Castle.
Enter GLOUCESTER and EDMUND.
| Glo. 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; charged me, on pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.|
| Edm. Most savage, and unnatural!|
| Glo. 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 locked the letter in my closet. These injuries the king now bears will be revenged home; theres part of a power already footed; we must incline to the king. I will seek 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 threatened me, the king, my old master, must be relieved. There is some strange thing toward, Edmund; pray you, be careful. [Exit.|| 5|
| Edm. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke|
|Instantly know; and of that letter too:|
|This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me|
|That which my father loses; no less than all:|
|The younger rises when the old doth fall. [Exit.|| 10|