King Lear: Act 2, Scene 2


King Lear.                        Act 2, Scene 2.                 Kent

(This text is featured in our interview with Paul Sugarman)

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10.  Fellow, I know thee.
11.  What dost thou know me for?
12. A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, 
13. shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, 
14. worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson,
15. glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue;
16. one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of 
17. good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, 
18. beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: 
19. one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the 
10. least syllable of thy addition.
21. Why, what a monstrous fellow art thou, thus to rail on one 
22. that is neither known of thee nor knows thee!
23. What a brazen-faced varlet art thou, to deny thou knowest me! 
24. Is it two days ago since I tripped up thy heels, 
25. and beat thee before the king? Draw, you rogue: for, though 
26. it be night, yet the moon shines; I’ll make a sop o’ the 
27. moonshine of you: draw, you whoreson cullionly barber-monger, 
28. draw.

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