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Quarto and Folio (4): Goneril enters

[Quarto 1 = red | Folio = blue]

2.4.186-195 (TLN 1469-1483)

Quarto: an emphasis on the tension between Goneril and Regan; Folio: the dramatic effect of the figure of the delayed response to an entry (Urkowitz).

QuartoFolio
  Duke. What trumpets that?               Enter Steward.
  Reg. I know't my sisters, this approues her letters,   [1470]
That she would soone be here, is your Lady come?
  Lear. This is a slaue, whose easie borrowed pride
Dwels in the fickle grace of her a followes,
Out varlet, from my sight.
  Duke. What meanes your Grace?               Enter Gon..
  Gon. Who struck my seruant, Regan I haue good hope
Thou didst not know ant.
  Lear. Who comes here ? O heauens!
If you doe loue old men, if you sweet sway alow   [1480]
Obedience, if your selues are old, make it your cause,
Send downe and take my part,
Art not asham'd to looke vpon this beard?
Enter Steward.
  Corn. What Trumpet's that?
  Reg. I know't, my Sisters: this approues her Letter,   [1470]
That she would soone be heere. Is your Lady come?
  Lear. This is a Slaue, whose easie borrowed pride
Dwels in the sickly grace of her he followes.
Out Varlet, from my sight.
  Corn. What meanes your Grace?
Enter Gonerill.
  Lear. Who stockt my Seruant? Regan, I haue good hope
Thou did'st not know on't.
Who comes here? O Heauens!
If you do loue old men; if your sweet sway   [1480]
Allow Obedience; if you your selues are old,
Make it your cause: Send downe, and take my part.
Art not asham'd to looke vpon this Beard?

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