[Translation by Jane, Christina, Cindy]

KENT

Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back / know you the reason?
Why did the King of France suddenly go back home?

Gentleman

Something he left imperfect in the
state, which since his coming forth is thought
of; which imports to the kingdom so much
fear and danger, that his personal return was
most required and necessary.

He had some unfinished business that he remembered once he got here. It was so important that he had to return home immediately. His being there was utterly important.

KENT

Who hath he left behind him general?
Who did he leave in charge?

Gentleman

The Marshal of France, Monsieur La Far.
Monsieur la Far, the Marshal of France.

KENT

Did your letters pierce the queen to any / demonstration of grief?
Did the Queen react to it?

Gentleman

Ay, sir; she took them, read them in my presence;
And now and then an ample tear trill'd down
Her delicate cheek: it seem'd she was a queen
Over her passion; who, most rebel-like,
Sought to be king o'er her.

Yes, Mister. She was reading it in front of me, and as she was reading it I saw her tear up a bit. She seemed like she was a generous queen who was getting mistreated by her father.

KENT

O, then it moved her.
So then it moved her?

Gentleman

Not to a rage: patience and sorrow strove
Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
Sunshine and rain at once: her smiles and tears
Were like a better way: those happy smilets,
That play'd on her ripe lip, seem'd not to know
What guests were in her eyes; which parted thence,
As pearls from diamonds dropp'd. In brief,
Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved,
If all could so become it.

Not to an extreme; I would describe it as patience and sadness at the same time. It’s like the sunshine and rain you’ve seen once in your life time. She would smile with her lips but she couldn’t hide the sadness in her eyes. Her eyes, those beautiful diamond-like eyes left her. In short, she seemed really miserable.

KENT

Made she no verbal question?
Did she ask any questions?

Gentleman

'Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of 'father'
Pantingly forth, as if it press'd her heart:
Cried 'Sisters! sisters! Shame of ladies! sisters!
Kent! father! sisters! What, i' the storm? i' the night?
Let pity not be believed!' There she shook
The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
And clamour moisten'd: then away she started
To deal with grief alone.

Yeah, once or twice she whispered her father’s name out loud, as if the sound of it was piercing her heart; she cried out her sisters’ names and even your name grieving at her misfortune. Whew, she cried a river after that, leaving the room to cry even more.

KENT

It is the stars,
The stars above us, govern our conditions;
Else one self mate and mate could not beget
Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?

Oh…it’s the gods who are governing us through this…I mean, who else can it be but the gods who are controlling such difficult and conflicting issues? So, you didn’t speak with her after that?

Gentleman

No.
No, sir.

KENT

Was this before the king return'd?
Was this before the king returned?


Gentleman

No, since.
No.

KENT

Well, sir, the poor distressed Lear's i' the town;
Who sometime, in his better tune, remembers
What we are come about, and by no means
Will yield to see his daughter.

Well, King Lear is actually in town; He is really down in the dumps. When he was actually sane, he remembers what we are here for…and he will never see his daughter.

Gentleman

Why, good sir?
Why, sir?

The following work is done by Catherine M. and Jane H. :)
Lines 49-64

KENT A sovereign shame so elbows him: his own unkindness,
That stripp'd her from his benediction, turn'd her
To foreign casualties, gave her hear rights
To his dog-hearted daughters, these things sting
His mind so venemously, that burning shame
Detains him from Cordelia.

KENT He is so ashamed of himself. He remembers how mean he was to her, how he kicked her out from the Family, how he gave her valuable rights and inheritance to his pitiless selfish daughters. All these memories still prick him so badly. And the guilt and shame keep him away from Cordelia.


Gentleman Alack, poor gentleman!

Gentleman Oh, poor man!


KENT Of Albany's and Cornwall's powers you heard not?

KENT Have you heard anything about Albany’s and Cornwall’s crews?


Gentleman 'Tis so, they are afoot.

Gentleman Yes, they're coming heavy.


KENT Well, sir, I'll bring you to our master Lear,
And leave you to attend him: some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me awhile;
When I am known aright, you shall not grieve
Lending me this acquaintance. I pray you, go along with me.
(Exeunt)

KENT Well, sir, I’ll take you to Don Lear and leave you to look after him. I have some highly important business to take care of in disguise. When I reveal my true identity, you won’t regret that you helped me out. Please, come with me.
(Exit)

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