ACT 3, SCENE 3: Gloucester's castle.


GLOUCESTER: Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this
unnatural dealing. When I desire their leave that I
might pity him, they took from me the use of mine
own house; charged me, on pain of their perpetual dis-
pleasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor                    [5]
any way sustain him.

EDMUND: Most savage and unnatural!

GLOUCESTER: Go to; say you nothing. There's
a division betwixt the dukes; and a worse matter than
that: I have received a letter this night; 'tis dangerous                     [10]
to be spoken; I have locked the letter in my closet:
these injuries the king now bears will be revenged
home; there's 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,                    [15]
that my charity be not of him perceived: if he ask for
me. I am ill, and gone to bed. Though 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.                                                                                   [20]

EDMUND: 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.                                           [25]


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