In the play’s shortest scene, the battle takes place. Edgar first secludes Gloucester under a tree and leaves (for what we do not know). He returns to disclose that Cordelia has lost the battle and that she and Lear are in custody. He takes Gloucester’s hand to lead him away, but Gloucester refuses: “a man may rot here.” Edgar becomes philosophical—“men must endure their going hence even as their coming hither”—and then utters one of the play’s most ambiguous lines: “ripeness is all.”
ACT V. SCENE II. A field between the two camps.
Alarum within. Enter, with drum and colors, Lear, Cordelia,
and Soldiers, over the stage, and exeunt
Enter Edgar and Gloucester
Here, father, take the shadow of this tree
For your good host. Pray that the right may thrive.
If ever I return to you again,
I’ll bring you comfort.
GLOUCESTER Grace go with you, sir! 
Alarum and retreat within. Enter Edgar
Away, old man. Give me thy hand. Away!
King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta’en.
Give me thy hand. Come on.
GLOUCESTER No farther, sir; a man may rot even here.
What, in ill thoughts again? Men must endure 
Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
Ripeness is all. Come on.
GLOUCESTER And that’s true too.