King Lear
Play Summary and Full Text: Full Text with Clips: Act II Scene 2e

Gloucester has led Lear out. Cornwall announces a storm. Regan proposes to quarter Lear (in Gloucester’s house), but none of his train. However, Gloucester upon returning reports that Lear has gone his own way, exactly where he knows not. Regan suggests he must learn from his own mistakes, and orders all inside to sit safely through the “wild night.” The alienation between Lear and his children, between the King and his state, between order and chaos, is now complete.

Act II Scene 2d . . .  Act III Scene 1

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CORNWALL   Let us withdraw; ’twill be a storm.

This house is little. The old man and’s people
Cannot be well bestowed.   [510]

‘Tis his own blame hath put himself from rest,
And must needs taste his folly.

For his particular I’ll receive him gladly,
But not one follower.

GONERIL                 So am I purposed.    [515]
Where is my lord of Gloucester?

Enter Gloucester

CORNWALL    Followed the old man forth—he is returned.

GLOUCESTER    The king is in high rage.

CORNWALL   Whither is he going?

GLOUCESTER   He calls to horse, but will I know not whither.    [520]

CORNWALL    ‘Tis best to give him way. He leads himself.

GONERIL   My lord, entreat him by no means to stay.

Alack, the night comes on, and the bleak winds
Do sorely ruffle. For many miles about
There’s scarce a bush.    [525]

REGAN O, sir, to wilful men,
The injuries that they themselves procure
Must be their schoolmasters. Shut up your doors.
He is attended with a desperate train,
And what they may incense him to, being apt    [530]
To have his ear abused, wisdom bids fear.

Shut up your doors, my lord. ‘Tis a wild night.
My Regan counsels well. Come out o’th’storm.


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