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Enter LEAR, KENT disguised, and FOOL
LEAR enters with KENT in disguise, and the FOOL.

LEAR
(to KENT, giving him letters) Go you before to Gloucester with these letters. Acquaint my daughter no further with anything you know than comes from her demand out of the letter. If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.
LEAR
(to KENT, giving him letters) Go ahead of us and deliver these letters to the Earl of Gloucester. Answer my daughter’s questions about the letter, but don’t tell her anything else you know. If you’re not quick enough, I’ll get there before you.

KENT
I will not sleep, my lord, till I have delivered your letter.
KENT
I won’t sleep until I’ve delivered your letter, my lord.
Exit KENT
KENT exits.

FOOL
If a man’s brains were in ’s heels, were ’t not in danger of kibes?
FOOL
If a man’s brain were in his feet, wouldn’t it be susceptible to frostbite?

LEAR
Ay, boy.
LEAR
Yes, boy.

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FOOL
Then, I prithee, be merry. Thy wit shall ne'er go slipshod.
FOOL
In that case, cheer up. Your brains won’t need slippers to protect them from frostbite, since your brains aren’t in your feet—if they were you wouldn’t take this useless journey to see Regan.

LEAR
Ha, ha, ha!
LEAR
Ha, ha, ha!

FOOL
Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly. For though she’s as like this as a crab’s like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.
FOOL
Your other daughter Regan will treat you kindly, you’ll see. Even though she’s as similar to Goneril as one crabapple is like another, still… I know what I know.

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LEAR
Why, what canst thou tell, my boy?
LEAR
And what do you know, boy?

FOOL
She will taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou canst tell why one’s nose stands i' th' middle on ’s face?
FOOL
I know that Regan will taste just like Goneril—both of them sour crabapples. Do you know why the nose is in the middle of a person’s face?

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