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GONERIL

Sister, it is not a little I have to say of what

most nearly appertains to us both. I think our

father will hence to-night.

REGAN

That’s most certain, and with you; next month with us.

GONERIL

You see how full of changes his age is; the

observation we have made of it hath not been

little: he always loved our sister most; and

with what poor judgment he hath now cast her off

appears too grossly.

REGAN

‘Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath ever

but slenderly known himself.

GONERIL

The best and soundest of his time hath been but

rash; then must we look to receive from his age,

not alone the imperfections of long-engraffed

condition, but therewithal the unruly waywardness

that infirm and choleric years bring with them.

REGAN

Such unconstant starts are we like to have from

him as this of Kent’s banishment.

GONERIL

There is further compliment of leavetaking

between France and him. Pray you, let’s hit

together: if our father carry authority with

such dispositions as he bears, this last

surrender of his will but offend us.

REGAN

We shall further think on’t.

GONERIL

We must do something, and i’ the heat.

Use details from this passage to discuss the characters of the two sisters, Goneril and Regan, and their treatment of King Lear.

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