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0, the difference of man, and man! To thee
Gon. I have been worth the whistle."
Gon. No more; the text is foolish.
Alb. Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile : Filths savour but themselves. What have
done? Tigers, not daughters, what have you perform'd ? A father, and a gracious aged man, Whose reverence the head-lugg'd bear would lick, Most barbarous, most degenerate! have you madded. Could my brother suffer you to do it? A man, a prince, by him so benefited ? If that the heavens do not their visible spirits Send quickly down to tame these vile offences, 'Twill come,
r I have been worth the whistle.] Goneril's mcaning seems to be--There was a time when you would have thought me worth the calling to you ; reproaching him for not having summoned her to consult with on the present critical occasion. -STBEVENS.
• Cannot be border'd certuin in itself ;] i. e. Cannot from thenceforth be restrained within any certain bounds, but is prepared to break out into the most monstrous excesses every way, as occasion or temptation may offer. Heath.
sliver-) i. e. Tear off. u She that herself will sliver and disbranch
From her material sap,] She who breaks the bonds of filial duty, and be. comes wholly alienated from her father, must wither and perish, like a branch separated from that sap which supplies it with nourishment, and gives life to the matter of which it is composed.-MALONE.
* And come to deadly use.] Alluding to the use that witches and enchanters are said to make of withered branches in their charms. A fine insinuation of the speaker, that she was ready for the most unnatural mischief.—War
Humanity must perforce prey on itself,
See thyself, devil!
O vain fool!
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. O, my good lord, the duke of Cornwall's dead :
- monsters of the deep.) Fishes are the only animals that prey upon their own species.—Johnson.
self-cover'd thing,] i. e. That hast disguised nature by wickedness.JORNSON.
-feuture,) In Shakspeare's time, meant the general cast of countenance, and often beauty.-MALONE.
Flew on him, and amongst them felld him dead :
This shows you are above,
Both, both, my lord. This letter, madam, craves a speedy answer ; 'Tis from your sister.
Gon. [Aside.] One way I like this well ;'
Alb. Where was his son, when they did take his eyes?
He is not here.
Mess. Ay, my good lord; 'twas he inform’d against him;
Gloster, I live
The French Camp, near Dover.
Enter Kent, and a Gentleman. Kent. Why the king of France is so suddenly gone back know you the reason?
- amongst them felld him dead :) i. e. They (Cornwall and his other servants) amongst them fell’d him dead.-Malone.
e One way I like this well ;] The death of Cornwall was the removal of one impediment to possessing the whole of the kingdom.-M. Mason.
Gent. Something he left imperfect in the state,
Kent. Who hath he left behind him general ?
Kent. Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief?
Gent. Ay, sir; she took them, read them in my presence;
0, then it mov'd her?
Made she no verbal question ?e
d— a better day:) A better day is the best day, and the best day is a day most favourable to the productions of the earth. Such are the days in which there is a due mixture of rain and sunshine. The comparative is often used by Milton and others, as well as Shakspeare, instead of the positive and superla. tive.-STEEVENS.
e Made she no verbal question ?) Means only, Did she enter into no conversation with you? In this sense our poet frequently uses the word question, and not simply as the act of interrogation.-STEEVENS.
I Le pity not be believed !] i.e. Let not such a thing as pity be supposed to etist!-STEEVENS.
The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
It is the stars,
Why, good sir?
Alack, poor gentleman!
Gent. 'Tis so; they are afoot.
Kent. Well, sir, I'll bring you to our master Lear,
8 clamour moisten'd:] That is, her out-cries were accompanied with tears. JOHNSON. h
govern our conditions ;] i. e. Regulate our dispositions.-MALONE.
one self mate and mate.) i. e. The same husband and wife. Self is here used, as in many other places, for self-same.-- Johnson and Malone.
some deur cause-- -] Some important business.--MALONE.