Enter KING LEAR, KENT, and Fool
Go you before to Gloucester with these letters.Acquaint
my daughter no further with any thing you
know than comes from her demand out of the letter.
If your diligence
be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.
I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered
If a man's brains
were in's heels, were't not in
danger of kibes?
Then, I prithee, be merry; thy wit shall ne'er goslip
Ha, ha, ha!
Shalt see thy other daughter
will use thee kindly;
for though she's as like this as a crab
's like anapple
, yet I can tell what I can tell.
Why, what canst thou tell, my boy?
She will taste as like this as a crab does to a
crab. Thou canst tell why one's nose
the middle on's face?
Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's nose; that
what a man cannot smell
out, he may spy into.
KING LEAR I did her wrong
Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
Why, to put his head in; not to give it away to his
daughters, and leave his horns without a case.
I will forget my nature. So kind a father
! Be my
Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the
seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
KING LEARBecause they are not eight
Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool.
To take 't again perforce! Monster ingratitude!
If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'ld have thee beaten
for being old before thy time.
Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst
KING LEARO, let me not be mad
, not mad, sweet heaven
Keep me in temper: I would not be mad!Enter Gentleman
How now! are the horses ready?
Ready, my lord.
She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.ExeuntEnd of Act I
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