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Quarto and Folio (3): Some smaller(?) changes

[Quarto 1 = red | Folio = blue]

1.1.149-52 (TLN 158-161)

QuartoFolio
Do these changes suggest revision, a kind of authorial tinkering with words? Or corruption?

To plainnes honours bound when Maiesty stoops to folly,
Reuerse thy doome, and in thy best consideration
Checke this hideous rashnes, answere my life
My iudgement,
To plainnesse honour's bound,
When Maiesty falls to folly, reserue thy state,
And in thy best consideration checke   [160]
This hideous rashnesse, answere my life, my iudgement:

1.1.160-3 (TLN 172-8)

"Cor" -- Cornwall or Cordelia? Cordelia is "Cor." and "Cord." (on one occasion) in the Folio, Cornwall is "Corn." (38) "Cornw." (1) and "Cor." (14). See Beth Goldring"Cor.'s Rescue of Kent" in The Division of the Kingdoms.

  Lear. Now by Appollo,
  Kent. Now by Appollo King thou swearest thy Gods
  Lear. Vassall, recreant.                           (in vaine.
  Kent. Doe, kill thy Physicion,
And the fee bestow vpon the foule disease,
  Kear. Now by Apollo,
  Lent. Now by Apollo, King
Thou swear.st thy Gods in vaine.
  Lear. O Vassall! Miscreant.
  Alb. Cor. Deare Sir forbeare.
  Kent. Kill thy Physition, and thy fee bestow
Vpon the foule disease,

1.1.187 (TLN 202-4)

Cornwall, Cordelia, or Gloucester?

Enter France and Burgundie with Gloster.

  Glost. Heers France and Burgundie my noble Lord.
Flourish. Enter Gloster with France, and Bur-
gundy, Attendants.
 
  Cor. Heere's France and Burgundy, my Noble Lord.

5.3.305-11 (TLN 3277-83)

A last groan, or a last look? What are the critical resonances of the two passages?

  Lear. And my poore foole is hangd, no, no life, why should a
dog, a horse, a rat of life, and thou no breath at all, O thou wilt
come no more, neuer, neuer, neuer, pray you vndo this button,
thanke you sir, O, o, o o.
  Lear. And my poore Foole is hang'd: no, no, no life?
Why should a Dog, a Horse, a Rat haue life,
And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more,
Neuer, neuer, neuer, neuer, neuer.   [3280]
Pray you vndo this Button. Thanke you Sir,
Do you see this? Looke on her? Looke her lips,
Looke there, looke there.               He dies.

5.3.321-6 (TLN 3296-301)

Edgar or Albany at the end?

  Kent. I haue a iourney sir, shortly to go,
My maister cals, and I must not say no.
  Duke. The waight of this sad time we must obey,
Speake what we feele, not what we ought to say,
The oldest haue borne most, we that are yong,   [3300]
Shall neuer see so much, nor liue so long.
  Kent. I haue a iourney Sir, shortly to go,
My Master calls me, I must not say no.
  Edg. The waight of this sad time we must obey,
Speake what we feele, not what we ought to say:
The oldest hath borne most, we that are yong,   [3300]
Shall neuer see so much, nor liue so long.
Exeunt with a dead March.

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