Abridged King Lear/#2/Separation/Act 1, Scene 1.2

Burgundy and the King of France enter.  Lear offers the Duke of Burgundy his
daughter, Cordelia, but notes she is “unfriended, new-adopted to our hate,
dowered with our curse and strangered with our oath, take her or leave
her.”  Burgundy says I can’t choose with
those terms.  Lear replies “Then leave
her, sir.”  He turns to the King of
France.  France says “This is most
strange, that she who was the dearest object of your love, the argument of your
praise, should turn to your disfavor.”
Cordelia jumps in, saying to her father “I beseech your Majesty that you
make known it is no vicious blot, murder, or foulness that hath deprived me of
your grace and favor.”  Lear dismisses
her comment.  He turns to Burgundy,
saying “What say you to the lady?”
Burgundy turns to Cordelia, saying “I am sorry, then, you have so lost a
father that you must lose a husband.”
The King of France steps up, saying “She is queen of us, or ours, and
our fair France.”  Lear says “Thou hast
her, France.  Let her be thine, for we
have no such daughter, nor shall ever see that face of hers again.  Come, noble Burgundy.”  All but France, Cordelia, Goneril and Regan
exit.  Cordelia turns to her sisters,
saying “The jewels of our father, with washed eyes Cordelia leaves you.  Love well our father.”  Regan says “Prescribe not us our duty.”  Goneril says “Let your study be to content
your lord.”  Cordelia turns the other
cheek, saying “Well may you prosper.”
France says “Come, my fair Cordelia.”
The two of them exit.  Goneril
turns to Regan and says “He always loved our sister most, and with what poor
judgment he hath now cast her off appears too obviously.”  Regan says “’Tis the infirmity of his
age.  Such abrupt outbursts are we like
to have from him, as this of Kent’s banishment.”  Goneril says “Pray you, let us counsel
together.  His surrender of his kingdom
will but offend us.”  Regan says “We
shall further think of it.”  They exit.

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