Act 4 - Scene 2
Before ALBANY's palace.
Enter GONERIL and EDMUND
Welcome, my lord: I marvel our mild husband
Not met us on the way.
Now, where's your master'?
Madam, within; but never man so changed.
I told him of the army that was landed;
He smiled at it: I told
him you were coming:
His answer was 'The worse:' of Gloucester's treachery,
And of the loyal service of
When I inform'd him, then he call'd me sot,
And told me I had turn'd the wrong side out:
most he should dislike seems pleasant to him;
What like, offensive.
[To EDMUND] Then shall you go no further.
It is the cowish terror of his spirit,
That dares not undertake: he'll
not feel wrongs
Which tie him to an answer. Our wishes on the way
May prove effects. Back, Edmund,
to my brother;
Hasten his musters and conduct his powers:
I must change arms at home, and give the
Into my husband's hands. This trusty servant
Shall pass between us: ere long you are like to hear,
you dare venture in your own behalf,
A mistress's command. Wear this; spare speech;
Giving a favour
Decline your head: this kiss, if it durst speak,
Would stretch thy spirits up into the air:
Conceive, and fare
Yours in the ranks of death.
My most dear Gloucester!
O, the difference of man and man!
To thee a woman's services are due:
My fool usurps my body.
Madam, here comes my lord.
I have been worth the whistle.
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