Act 3, Scene 1 Notes from King Lear

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King Lear Act 3, Scene 1

Kent enters the scene with a random gentleman, who speaks of a horrific oncoming storm, the kind of apocalyptic storm that not even animals can contend with.

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"The to-and-fro conflicting wind and rain.
This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear would couch,
The lion and the belly-pinched wolf
Keep their fur dry, un bonneted he runs,
And bids what will take all."
Act 3, Scene 1, lines 11-15

The two also discuss the current political issues. There is mention of underground activity going on between Cornwall and Albany, both of whom want to rule the kingdom.

There is still interest from France, though, and French forces have reportedly landed in England. Kent sends the gentleman off to inform the French of Lear's current status. He also sends a message for Cordelia, who will recognize him by a certain ring he sends along. Once again, Cordelia is mentioned as a "good" person working against the opposition.

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