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Histories and Tragedies: King Lear, 1.4. 233-252

Line numbers are from the Bevington Necessary Shakespeare.

KING LEAR: Your name, fair gentlewoman?

GONERIL: This admiration, sir, is much o' the savour
Of other your new pranks. I do beseech you                                             [235]
To understand my purposes aright:
As you are old and reverend, you should be wise.
Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires;
Men so disorder'd, so debosh'd and bold,
That this our court, infected with their manners,                                                       [240]
Shows like a riotous inn: epicurism and lust
Make it more like a tavern or a brothel
Than a graced palace. The shame itself doth speak
For instant remedy: be then desired
By her, that else will take the thing she begs,                                     [245]
A little to disquantity your train;
And the remainder, that shall still depend,
To be such men as may besort your age,
And know themselves and you.

KING LEAR:                           Darkness and devils!
Saddle my horses; call my train together.                                                            [250]
Degenerate bastard! I'll not trouble thee:
Yet have I left a daughter.
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