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Gloucester's castle.

Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not
this unnatural dealing. When I desire their
leave that I might pity him, they took from me
the use of mine own house; charged me, on
pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to
speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way
sustain him.

Most savage and unnatural!

Go to; say you nothing. There's a
division betwixt the dukes: and a worse matter
than that: I have received a letter this
night; 'tis dangerous to be spoken; I have
locked the letter in my closet: these injuries
the king now bears will be revenged home;
there's part of a power already footed: we
must incline to the king. I will seek him, and
privily relieve him: go you and maintain talk
with the duke, that my charity be not of him
perceived: if he ask for me, I am ill, and gone
to bed. Though I die for it, as no less is threatened
me, the king my old master must be relieved.
There is some strange thing toward, Edmund;
pray you, be careful. [Exit.

This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke

Instantly know; and of that letter too:

This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me

That which my father loses; no less than all.

The younger rises when the old doth fall. [Exit.

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