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King Lear

ACT IV SCENE VGloucester’s castle.
[Enter REGAN and OSWALD]
REGANBut are my brother’s powers set forth?
OSWALDAy, madam.
REGANHimself in person there?
OSWALDMadam, with much ado:
Your sister is the better soldier.5
REGANLord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?
OSWALDNo, madam.
REGANWhat might import my sister’s letter to him?
OSWALDI know not, lady.
REGAN‘Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.10
It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
To let him live: where he arrives he moves
All hearts against us: Edmund, I think, is gone,
In pity of his misery, to dispatch
His nighted life: moreover, to descry15
The strength o’ the enemy.
OSWALDI must needs after him, madam, with my letter.
REGANOur troops set forth to-morrow: stay with us;
The ways are dangerous.
OSWALDI may not, madam:20
My lady charged my duty in this business.
REGANWhy should she write to Edmund? Might not you
Transport her purposes by word? Belike,
Something–I know not what: I’ll love thee much,
Let me unseal the letter.25
OSWALDMadam, I had rather–
REGANI know your lady does not love her husband;
I am sure of that: and at her late being here
She gave strange oeillades and most speaking looks
To noble Edmund. I know you are of her bosom.30
OSWALDI, madam?
REGANI speak in understanding; you are; I know’t:
Therefore I do advise you, take this note:
My lord is dead; Edmund and I have talk’d;
And more convenient is he for my hand35
Than for your lady’s: you may gather more.
If you do find him, pray you, give him this;
And when your mistress hears thus much from you,
I pray, desire her call her wisdom to her.
So, fare you well.40
If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor,
Preferment falls on him that cuts him off.
OSWALDWould I could meet him, madam! I should show
What party I do follow.
REGANFare thee well.45

King Lear, Act 4, Scene 6