King Lear

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Edgar
proclaim (v.) 2 officially declare to be an outlaw


I heard myself proclaimed,

And by the happy hollow of a tree
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable

Escaped the hunt. No port is free, no place
port (n.) 1 portal, entrance, gateway

That guard and most unusual vigilance

Does not attend my taking. Whiles I may 'scape
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

I will preserve myself; and am bethought
bethink (v.), past form bethought 3 resolve, decide, have a mind

To take the basest and most poorest shape
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count

That ever penury, in contempt of man,
man (n.) 1 human nature, humanity [as opposed to beasts]

Brought near to beast. My face I'll grime with filth,

Blanket my loins, elf all my hair in knots,
elf (v.) tangle, mat, twist

And with presented nakedness outface
outface (v.) 1 defy, intimidate, overcome by confronting
presented (adj.) 1 displayed, exhibited, paraded

The winds and persecutions of the sky.

The country gives me proof and precedent
precedent (n.) 1 example, instance, case
proof (n.) 4 evidence, demonstration, testimony

Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
Bedlam (n./adj.) colloquial form of Bethlehem Hospital for the insane, in London See Topics: London

Strike in their numbed and mortified bare arms
mortified (adj.) 1 deadened, dead to feeling, numbed

Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary;
prick (n.) 2 spike, skewer, prong

And with this horrible object, from low farms,
low (adj.) 1 humble, lowly, inferior
object (n.) 1 spectacle, sight, object of attention

Poor pelting villages, sheepcotes, and mills
pelting (adj.) paltry, petty, worthless, insignificant
sheepcote (n.) building where sheep shelter

Sometimes with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers,
ban (n.) curse, malediction
sometime (adv.) 2 sometimes, now and then

Enforce their charity: ‘ Poor Turlygod! Poor Tom!’
Turlygod (n.) [unclear meaning] nonsense name used by Edgar pretending to be mad

That's something yet: Edgar I nothing am.


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