• KENT in the stocks Enter LEAR, FOOL, and GENTLEMAN

    LEAR

    'Tis strange that they should so depart from home,
    And not send back my messenger.

    GENTLEMAN

         As I learned,
    The night before there was no purpose in them
    Of this remove.

    KENT

    5 (to LEAR)    Hail to thee, noble master!

    LEAR

    Ha! Makest thou this shame thy pastime?

    KENT

         No, my lord.

    FOOL

    Ha, ha! Look, he wears cruel garters. Horses are tied by the heads, dogs and bears by the neck, monkeys by the loins, and men by the legs. When a man’s overlusty at legs, then he wears wooden nether-stocks.

    LEAR

    (to KENT) What’s he that hath so much thy place mistook
    To set thee here?

    KENT

       It is both he and she:
    Your son and daughter.

    LEAR

       No.

    KENT

         Yes.

    LEAR

         No, I say.

    KENT

    I say “Yea.”
  • KENT is in the stocks. LEAR enters with the FOOL and the GENTLEMAN.

    LEAR

    It’s strange that Regan and her husband left their house without sending back my messenger.

    GENTLEMAN

    According to what I heard, they had no travel plans as of last night.

    KENT

    (to LEAR) Hail, noble master!

    LEAR

    What’s this? Are you sitting around in this humiliation to amuse yourself?

    KENT

    No, my lord.

    FOOL

    Ha, ha! That’s a nasty garter belt. You tie up horses by their heads, dogs and bears by their necks, monkeys by their waists, and humans by their legs. When a person’s prone to wanderlust, he has to wear wooden socks, like a chastity belt around his ankles.

    LEAR

    (to KENT) Who could have misunderstood your assigment so completely as to lock you up like this?

    KENT

    Your daughter and son-in-law.

    LEAR

    No.

    KENT

    Yes.

    LEAR

    I’m telling you “No.”

    KENT

    And I’m telling you “Yes.”