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Enter with drum and colors EDMUND, REGAN, gentlemen, and soldiers
EDMUND, REGAN, gentlemen, and soldiers enter with drums and banners.




EDMUND
(to a gentleman) Know of the duke if his last purpose hold,
Or whether since he is advised by aught
To change the course. He’s full of alteration
And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.
EDMUND
(to a gentleman) Go find out from the Duke of Albany if his decision still holds, or if he’s changed his mind. He’s always going back and forth and second-guessing himself. Come back and tell me what his final decision is.
Exit gentleman
Gentleman exits.

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REGAN
Our sister’s man is certainly miscarried.
REGAN
My sister’s servant Oswald has certainly run into trouble.

EDMUND
'Tis to be doubted, madam.
EDMUND
I’m afraid that may be the case, madam.




REGAN
     Now, sweet lord,
You know the goodness I intend upon you.
Tell me but truly—but then speak the truth—
Do you not love my sister?
REGAN
Now, my sweet lord, you know how much I like you. Tell me truthfully, do you love my sister?

EDMUND
     In honored love.
EDMUND
Yes, truly and honorably.

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REGAN
But have you never found my brother’s way
To the forfended place?
REGAN
But have you ever gone in my brother-in-law’s bed and had sex with her?

EDMUND
That thought abuses you.
EDMUND
No. You dishonor yourself and our relationship by thinking that.


REGAN
I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
And bosomed with her as far as we call hers.
REGAN
I’m just worried that you’ve been cozying up to her, and gotten intimate with her.

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EDMUND
No, by mine honor, madam.
EDMUND
No, I swear on my honor, I haven’t, madam.

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