King Lear – Truth/Lies – Quotes

So young, my Lord, and true. – Cordelia, defying her father’s request for her to state her love/her reply to her father’s request for her to state her love. ???? Act 1, Scene 1
To plainness honour’s bound – Kent, explaining why he does not ‘beat about the bush’ but rather speaks plainly and clearly, as that is the only why in which one can speak honestly. Act 1, Scene 1
In my true heart – Regan heart????Act 1, Scene 1
Why have my sisters husbands, if they say They love you all? – Cordelia, her argument for why her sister’s claim that they love Lear with all they have is illogical.Act 1, Scene 1
…let me still remain The true blank of thine eye. – Kent, begging Lear to let him remain in his kingdom and to continue to help Lear to see what he is incapable of seeing due to his lack of insight. Kent is the only true and honest servant that Lear has, the others are corrupt sycophants. Act 1, Scene 1
Truth’s a dog must to kennel; he must be whipped out when the Lady’s Brach may stand by th’fire and stink. – The Fool, dog analogy.Act 1, Scene 1
Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out, Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon To stand auspicious mistress. – Edmund, lies about Edgar’s behaviour and actions????Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 36 – 38
Where is the villain, Edmund? – Gloucester, asking for the whereabouts of Edgar and referring to his son as a villain. Gloucester’s distorted version of the truth, manipulated by Edmund and due to his own lack of insight.Act 2, Scene 1, Line 40
Persuade me to the murther of your lordship – Edmund, lying about what he says Edgar attempted to do, which was to encourage Edmund to murder Gloucester.Act 2, Scene 1, Line 43
and of my land, Loyal and natural boy, I’ll work the means To make thee capable. – Gloucester, planning to give his land to his lying, illegitimate son.???Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 82 – 84
Was he not companion with the riotous knights That tended upon my father? – Regan, lies about the nature of the knights???Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 93 – 94
I shall serve you, Sir, Truly, however else. – Edmund, pledging his allegiance to Cornwall and stating that he shall serve him when in reality, Edmund only ever serves himself. He is using his position with Cornwall to get more power and land and to get new means in which to carry out his self-serving desires.Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 115 – 116

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