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(Line differences from Q1 are in brackets, lines in F1 only are in italics)

 

Act 3 Scene 5

Gloucester’s residence
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.

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 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.

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.

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 find a
dearer father in my love.

Exit

Footnotes

censured: judged (because he has betrayed his father)

reprovable badness : Edgar’s evil intentions, justly condemned, would have led to a just punishment on “traitorous” Gloucester

approves : proves

apprehension : arrest

stuff : provide support for

blood : natural feelings for a father

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