Abridged King Lear/#6/Traveling/Act 1, Scene 5

Banished Kent, in disguise, recently re-hired by Lear, is
on stage with Lear and the Fool.  Lear
has also written a letter to Regan, and has asked Kent to deliver it to her.  Kent says “I will not sleep, my lord, till I
have delivered your letter.  He
exits.  Lear plans to soon leave for
Regan’s estate. The Fool says “I can tell why a snail has a house.”  Lear responds, “Why?”  The Fool answers “Why, to put his head in,
not to give it away to his daughters.”
Lear and the Fool trade banter, and, as always, the Fool gets the better
of it.  Lear asks “Are the horses
ready?”  An aide says “Ready, my
lord.”  He and the Fool exit.

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