The following work is done by Nicole Kim and Daniel Oh
ACT V SCENE III The British camp near Dover.
Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, EDMUND,KING LEAR and CORDELIA, prisoners; Captain,Soldiers, &c



EDMUND Some officers take them away: good guard,
Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.

EDMUND Guards, take them away and guard them well until we decide how we will punish them.


CORDELIA We are not the first 5
Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst.
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.
Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?

CORDELIA We're not the first people to face this horrible situation.
But I'm worried about you, father.
I could've blamed my misfortune by myself.
Aren't we going to see these daughters and these sisters?

KING LEAR No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison: 10
We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage:
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,
And ask of thee forgiveness: so we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues 15
Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,
Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out;
And take upon's the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out,
In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones, 20
That ebb and flow by the moon.

KING LEAR No, no, no, no! Let's go to prison
We will sing like birds in the cage
and when you ask me for blessing, I'll kneel down,
and ask for your forgiveness. So we'll live
and pray, and sing, and tell old stories, and
enjoy nature, and hear the rogues talking
of the news, and we'll talk with them too
about who's winning and who's losing,
who's captured and who's released.
We'll try to find out the mystery of nature
as if we are God's spies, and we'll live longer
than the rulers that come into this prison.


EDMUND Take them away.

EDMUND Take them away.

KING LEAR Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven, 25
And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;
The good-years shall devour them, flesh and fell,
Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see 'em starve
first. Come.
Exeunt KING LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded

KING LEAR Cordelia, even the gods are surprised by
the sacrifices you have made. Did I hug you?
The person who wants to separate us will need a
sword from heaven and strike us. Don't cry.
The time will make them old before they'll make
us cry. We'll see them starve first. Let's go.
Exit KING LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded


EDMUND Come hither, captain; hark. 30
Take thou this note;
Giving a paper
go follow them to prison:
One step I have advanced thee; if thou dost
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
To noble fortunes: know thou this, that men 35
Are as the time is: to be tender-minded
Does not become a sword: thy great employment
Will not bear question; either say thou'lt do 't,
Or thrive by other means.

EDMUND Come here, captain. Listen.
Take this note
(Giving a paper)
Go follow the two.
I promoted you already, but if you
do as told, I'll guarantee you a fortune.
Remember that men should be strong at times
like these. Weakness will not help.
Don't even think about questioning this mission.
You will either do it, or go find another job.


Captain I'll do 't, my lord. 40

Captain I'll do it, sir.

EDMUND About it; and write happy when thou hast done.
Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it so
As I have set it down.

EDMUND Once you're done, you will be satisfied.
Go right now, and do as I have written down.



Captain I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats;
If it be man's work, I'll do 't. 45
Exit
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, anotherCaptain, and Soldiers

Captain I can't afford to find other jobs.
If this is the work I have to do, I'll do it.
Exit
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, another Captain, and Soldiers.



ALBANY Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain,
And fortune led you well: you have the captives
That were the opposites of this day's strife:
We do require them of you, so to use them
As we shall find their merits and our safety 50
May equally determine.

ALBANY You really showed your abilities today,
and you were lucky too. You captured the enemies.
They're under your control. Use them
effectively and for the safety of us.



EDMUND Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention and appointed guard;
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, 55
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
An turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
Which do command them. With him I sent the queen;
My reason all the same; and they are ready
To-morrow, or at further space, to appear 60
Where you shall hold your session. At this time
We sweat and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed
By those that feel their sharpness:
The question of Cordelia and her father 65
Requires a fitter place.

EDMUND Sir, I think we should have
sent the king to a well guarded place.
His old age and title made him quite popular.
I'm worried that our soldiers might even turn
against us. I sent Cordelia with him for the same reason.
You can have the session tomorrow wherever you like.
During this kind of a war, soldiers suffer because they
lose their friends. They might even come to oppose a
justified war. We should discuss the two in a better place.



ALBANY Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

ALBANY I'm sorry but you follow my orders.
You're not my equal.


REGAN That's as we list to grace him. 70
Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded,
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers;
Bore the commission of my place and person;
The which immediacy may well stand up,
And call itself your brother. 75

REGAN That is a matter I should decide.
How can you say such a thing without my permission?
Edmund led our army and finished the task well.
And his relationship with me is enough to make him
your equal.



GONERIL Not so hot:
In his own grace he doth exalt himself,
More than in your addition.

GONERIL Wait a minute.
He deserves more honor than how much
you give him.


REGAN In my rights,
By me invested, he compeers the best. 80

REGAN I gave him the mission.
He is honored because of my decision.


GONERIL That were the most, if he should husband you.

GONERIL He'd be honored the most if he marries you.

REGAN Jesters do oft prove prophets.

REGAN Jokes often turn out to be true.

GONERIL Holla, holla!
That eye that told you so look'd but a-squint.

GONERIL Holla, holla!
Your eyes are telling me something about you and him


REGAN Lady, I am not well; else I should answer 85
From a full-flowing stomach. General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;
Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine:
Witness the world, that I create thee here
My lord and master. 90

REGAN I'm feeling sick. If I weren't feeling so,
I'd answer you better. General, Take my soldiers,
prisoners, and my inheritance and do as you want.
All are yours. Everyone should see that I made you
my husband.


GONERIL Mean you to enjoy him?

GONERIL Are you trying to sleep with him?

ALBANY The let-alone lies not in your good will.

ALBANY You can't make that judgment.

EDMUND Nor in thine, lord.

EDMUND Nor can you sir.

ALBANY Half-blooded fellow, yes.

ALBANY Yes I can, you half-blood.


[Translation by Cindy, Christina, Hwee Min]

EDMUND: In wisdom I should ask thy name;

To be sure, I should ask what your name is;

But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,

But because you look so fair and tough on the outside,

And that thy tongue [being] some say of breeding breathes,

And because you are saying things in fury,

What safe and nicely I might well delay

I will not ask, in my kindness.

By rule [right] of knighthood, I disdain and spurn:

By my standards I am so disgusted:

Back [Here] do I toss these treasons to thy head;

But I toss these betrayals back to you;

With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm [o'erturned] thy heart;

I hope the hateful lies and disloyalties make you overwhelm your mind;

Which, for they yet glance by and scarcely bruise,

I know it didn't even hit you and bruised you yet,

This sword of mine shall give them instant way,

my sword will cut you down and pour all my guilt on you,

Where they shall rest for ever. Trumpets, speak!

Where it shall rot you away until you die. Let’s FIGHT!

Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls

ALBANY: Save him, save him!

Oh Lord, someone help him!

GONERIL: This is [mere] practice, Gloucester:

This is only practice, Gloucester:

By the law of war [arms] thou wast not bound to answer

Of course you weren’t supposed to fight

An unknown opposite; thou art not vanquish'd,

Someone you don’t know the name of; but you will not be finished off,

But cozen'd and beguiled.

But just prisoned.

ALBANY: Shut [stop] your mouth, dame,

Shut the hell up, woman!

Or with this paper shall I stop it: Hold, sir:

Or else I will shut it myself with this paper:

Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil:

You are worse than anyone I’ve ever seen before…you should look at yourself if you want to find evil:

No tearing, lady: I perceive you know it.

Oh suck it up, I bet you know what you are.

Gives the letter to EDMUND

GONERIL: Say, if I do, the laws are mine, not thine:

Hey, if I go ahead, those words are mine, not yours:

Who can arraign me for't? [in F1 she exits here]

Who can accuse me for it?
ALBANY: Most monstrous! oh!

Oh you monster!!

Know'st thou this paper?

Do you even know what this paper is about?

EDMUND [GONERIL]

Ask me not what I know.

Don’t ask me what I know.

[in Q1 exit Goneril]

ALBANY
Go after her: she's desperate; govern her.

Oh yeah, go ahead, follow her; she’s a desperate woman. Take care of her.

EDMUND : What you have charged me with, that have I done;

What you did to me, I will do to you;

And more, much more; the time will bring it out:

In fact, much much more; the time will tell:

'Tis past, and so am I. But what art thou

You will die, and so will I. But what rights do you have

That hast this fortune on me? If thou'rt noble,

That you think you can do this to me? If you were a righteous person,

I do forgive thee.

I will forgive you.

EDGAR
Let's exchange charity.
I will tell you the truth

I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;

I am no inferior in blood than you are, Edmund;

If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.

In fact, you have got me wrong.

My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.

I’m Edgar, your father’s son.

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices

God is just, and because of our sinfulness

Make instruments to plague [scourge] us:

He punished us:

The dark and vicious place where thee he got

The way our father conceived you

Cost him his eyes.

Had cost his eyes.

EDMUND
Thou hast spoken right, ‘tis true;
The wheel is come full circle: I am here.

You’re right. It’s all true.
What goes around comes around, and I ended up here.


ALBANY
Methought thy very gait did prophesy
A royal nobleness: I must embrace thee:
Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I
Did hate thee or they father!

I knew you were a decent man from the mere steps of your walk.
I need to give you a big hand shake.
It’d break my heart if I really hated you or your father!


EDGAR
Worthy prince, I know’t.

Sir, I know.

ALBANY
Where have you hid yourself?
How have you known the miseries of your father?

Where were you hiding all this time?
How did you find out about your father?


EDGAR
By nursing them, my lord. List a brief tale;
And when ‘tis told, O, that my heart would burst!

By watching them first-hand, sir. If I told you about it, I’m afraid my heart will burst!

The bloody proclamation to escape,
That follow’d me so near, --O, our lives’ sweetness!
That we the pain of death would hourly die
Rather than die at once! – taught me to shift
Into a madman’s rags; to assume a semblance
That very dogs disdain’d: and in this habit
Met I my father with his bleeding rings,
Their precious stones new lost: became his guide,
Led him, begg’d for him, saved him from despair;

I ran away from the conviction that was at the heel of my feet.
Oh, gracious god!
My instincts told me to try to live and slowly die rather than to die at once!
It made me wear a straightjacket and look like a thing that even dogs wouldn’t take a sniff of. And along the way, I met my father with his bloody eye sockets, the two pearls missing from them. I became his guide, led him, begged for him, and saved him from snuffing out his own life.


Never,--O fault!—reveal’d myself unto him,
Until some half-hour past, when I was arm’d:

I never told him who I was until about half an hour ago when I had my ammo. Oh, I shouldn’t have!

Not sure, though hoping, of this good success,
I ask’d his blessing, and from first to last
Told him my pilgrimage: but his flaw’d heart,
Alack, too weak and conflict to support!
‘Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
Burst smilingly.

I wasn’t so sure how he’ll react, but I was hoping that it will all be OK. Anyways, I asked him for his prayer, and told him about my grand getaway from the beginning to the end, but his heart couldn’t take it, and failed him! His heart burst between the two extreme emotions of joy and grief.



[Daniel and Nicole]
King Lear
ACT V SCENE III The British camp near Dover.
Enter, in conquest, with drum and colours, EDMUND,KING LEAR and CORDELIA, prisoners; Captain,Soldiers, &c



EDMUND Some officers take them away: good guard,
Until their greater pleasures first be known
That are to censure them.

EDMUND Guards, take them away and guard them well until we decide how we will punish them.


CORDELIA We are not the first 5
Who, with best meaning, have incurr'd the worst.
For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;
Myself could else out-frown false fortune's frown.
Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?

CORDELIA We're not the first people to face this horrible situation.
But I'm worried about you, father.
I could've blamed my misfortune by myself.
Aren't we going to see these daughters and these sisters?

KING LEAR No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to prison: 10
We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage:
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,
And ask of thee forgiveness: so we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues 15
Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,
Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out;
And take upon's the mystery of things,
As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out,
In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones, 20
That ebb and flow by the moon.

KING LEAR No, no, no, no! Let's go to prison
We will sing like birds in the cage
and when you ask me for blessing, I'll kneel down,
and ask for your forgiveness. So we'll live
and pray, and sing, and tell old stories, and
enjoy nature, and hear the rogues talking
of the news, and we'll talk with them too
about who's winning and who's losing,
who's captured and who's released.
We'll try to find out the mystery of nature
as if we are God's spies, and we'll live longer
than the rulers that come into this prison.


EDMUND Take them away.

EDMUND Take them away.

KING LEAR Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense. Have I caught thee?
He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven, 25
And fire us hence like foxes. Wipe thine eyes;
The good-years shall devour them, flesh and fell,
Ere they shall make us weep: we'll see 'em starve
first. Come.
Exeunt KING LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded

KING LEAR Cordelia, even the gods are surprised by
the sacrifices you have made. Did I hug you?
The person who wants to separate us will need a
sword from heaven and strike us. Don't cry.
The time will make them old before they'll make
us cry. We'll see them starve first. Let's go.
Exit KING LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded


EDMUND Come hither, captain; hark. 30
Take thou this note;
Giving a paper
go follow them to prison:
One step I have advanced thee; if thou dost
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way
To noble fortunes: know thou this, that men 35
Are as the time is: to be tender-minded
Does not become a sword: thy great employment
Will not bear question; either say thou'lt do 't,
Or thrive by other means.

EDMUND Come here, captain. Listen.
Take this note
(Giving a paper)
Go follow the two.
I promoted you already, but if you
do as told, I'll guarantee you a fortune.
Remember that men should be strong at times
like these. Weakness will not help.
Don't even think about questioning this mission.
You will either do it, or go find another job.


Captain I'll do 't, my lord. 40

Captain I'll do it, sir.

EDMUND About it; and write happy when thou hast done.
Mark, I say, instantly; and carry it so
As I have set it down.

EDMUND Once you're done, you will be satisfied.
Go right now, and do as I have written down.



Captain I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats;
If it be man's work, I'll do 't. 45
Exit
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, anotherCaptain, and Soldiers

Captain I can't afford to find other jobs.
If this is the work I have to do, I'll do it.
Exit
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, another Captain, and Soldiers.



ALBANY Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain,
And fortune led you well: you have the captives
That were the opposites of this day's strife:
We do require them of you, so to use them
As we shall find their merits and our safety 50
May equally determine.

ALBANY You really showed your abilities today,
and you were lucky too. You captured the enemies.
They're under your control. Use them
effectively and for the safety of us.



EDMUND Sir, I thought it fit
To send the old and miserable king
To some retention and appointed guard;
Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, 55
To pluck the common bosom on his side,
An turn our impress'd lances in our eyes
Which do command them. With him I sent the queen;
My reason all the same; and they are ready
To-morrow, or at further space, to appear 60
Where you shall hold your session. At this time
We sweat and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend;
And the best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed
By those that feel their sharpness:
The question of Cordelia and her father 65
Requires a fitter place.

EDMUND Sir, I think we should have
sent the king to a well guarded place.
His old age and title made him quite popular.
I'm worried that our soldiers might even turn
against us. I sent Cordelia with him for the same reason.
You can have the session tomorrow wherever you like.
During this kind of a war, soldiers suffer because they
lose their friends. They might even come to oppose a
justified war. We should discuss the two in a better place.



ALBANY Sir, by your patience,
I hold you but a subject of this war,
Not as a brother.

ALBANY I'm sorry but you follow my orders.
You're not my equal.


REGAN That's as we list to grace him. 70
Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded,
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers;
Bore the commission of my place and person;
The which immediacy may well stand up,
And call itself your brother. 75

REGAN That is a matter I should decide.
How can you say such a thing without my permission?
Edmund led our army and finished the task well.
And his relationship with me is enough to make him
your equal.



GONERIL Not so hot:
In his own grace he doth exalt himself,
More than in your addition.

GONERIL Wait a minute.
He deserves more honor than how much
you give him.


REGAN In my rights,
By me invested, he compeers the best. 80

REGAN I gave him the mission.
He is honored because of my decision.


GONERIL That were the most, if he should husband you.

GONERIL He'd be honored the most if he marries you.

REGAN Jesters do oft prove prophets.

REGAN Jokes often turn out to be true.

GONERIL Holla, holla!
That eye that told you so look'd but a-squint.

GONERIL Holla, holla!
Your eyes are telling me something about you and him


REGAN Lady, I am not well; else I should answer 85
From a full-flowing stomach. General,
Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony;
Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine:
Witness the world, that I create thee here
My lord and master. 90

REGAN I'm feeling sick. If I weren't feeling so,
I'd answer you better. General, Take my soldiers,
prisoners, and my inheritance and do as you want.
All are yours. Everyone should see that I made you
my husband.


GONERIL Mean you to enjoy him?

GONERIL Are you trying to sleep with him?

ALBANY The let-alone lies not in your good will.

ALBANY You can't make that judgment.

EDMUND Nor in thine, lord.

EDMUND Nor can you sir.

ALBANY Half-blooded fellow, yes.

ALBANY Yes I can, you half-blood.