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KENT
   None of these rogues and cowards
But Ajax is their fool.
KENT
These cowards manage to make fools of brave men.



CORNWALL
   Fetch forth the stocks, ho!—
You stubborn ancient knave, you reverend braggart,
We’ll teach you.
CORNWALL


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KENT
   Sir, I am too old to learn.
Call not your stocks for me. I serve the king,
On whose employment I was sent to you.
You shall do small respect, show too bold malice
Against the grace and person of my master,
Stocking his messenger.
KENT
Sir, I’m too old to be taught anything. Don’t put me in the stocks. I serve the king, who sent me here. If you put me in the stocks you’ll insult him both as a king and as a man.


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CORNWALL
   Fetch forth the stocks!
As I have life and honor, there shall he sit till noon.
CORNWALL
Bring out the stocks! I swear on my life and honor, he’ll sit here in the stocks until noon.

REGAN
Till noon? Till night, my lord, and all night too.
REGAN
Only until noon, my lord? No, the whole day, and all night too.


KENT
Why, madam, if I were your father’s dog,
You should not use me so.
KENT
Ma'am, you wouldn’t treat me like this if I were your father’s dog.

REGAN
   Sir, being his knave, I will.
REGAN
But since you’re his scoundrel servant, I will.
Stocks brought out
The stocks are brought out.


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CORNWALL
This is a fellow of the selfsame color
Our sister speaks of.—Come, bring away the stocks!
CORNWALL
This guy is exactly the kind of person your sister warned us about.—Come on, bring in the stocks, now!





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GLOUCESTER
Let me beseech your grace not to do so.
His fault is much, and the good king his master
Will check him for ’t. Your purposed low correction
Is such as basest and contemned’st wretches
For pilferings and most common trespasses
Are punished with.
GLOUCESTER
I beg you not to do this, my lord. He’s done wrong, and his master the king will punish him for it. But the kind

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