ACT 3, SCENE 5: Gloucester's castle.

Enter CORNWALL and EDMUND.

CORNWALL: I will have my revenge ere I depart his
house.

EDMUND: How, my lord, I may be censured, that
nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me
to think of.                                                                                                   [5]

CORNWALL: I now perceive, it was not altogether your
brother's evil disposition made him seek his death;
but a provoking merit set a-work by a reprovable
badness in himself.

EDMUND: How malicious is my fortune, that I must                                  [10]
repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of,
which approves him an intelligent party to the
advantages of France. O heavens! that this treason
were not, or not I the detector!

CORNWALL: Go with me to the duchess.                                                      [15]

EDMUND: If the matter of this paper be certain, you
have mighty business in hand.

CORNWALL: True or false, it hath made thee earl of
Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he may
be ready for our apprehension.                                                               [20]

EDMUND: [Aside] If I find him comforting the king,
it will stuff his suspicion more fully.--I will persevere
in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore
between that and my blood.

CORNWALL: I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt                              [25]
find a dearer father in my love.

[Exeunt.]


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