• Enter EDGAR diguised

    EDGAR

    Yet better thus, and known to be contemned,
    Than still contemned and flattered. To be worst,
    The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune
    Stands still in esperance, lives not in fear.
    5The lamentable change is from the best;
    The worst returns to laughter. Welcome, then,
    Thou unsubstantial air that I embrace!
    The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst
    Owes nothing to thy blasts.
    Enter GLOUCESTER led by an OLD MAN
    10But who comes here?
    My father, poorly led? World, world, O world!
    But that thy strange mutations make us hate thee,
    Life would not yield to age.

    OLD MAN

    (to GLOUCESTER)    O my good lord,
    I have been your tenant and your father’s tenant these fourscore years.

    GLOUCESTER

    Away, get thee away. Good friend, be gone.
    Thy comforts can do me no good at all.
    Thee they may hurt.

    OLD MAN

    20Alack, sir, you cannot see your way.

    GLOUCESTER

    I have no way, and therefore want no eyes.
  • EDGAR enters in disguise.

    EDGAR

    Still, I’m better off now, as a beggar who is openly hated, than when I was flattered to my face hated in secret. The lowliest and most dejected creatures live without fear and still harbor hope. The worst kind of change is when good fortune turns sour. At the bottom, any change is for the better. So I welcome this wind freely. I’ve sunk as far down as I can go, so I’ve got nothing more to fear from the weather.
    GLOUCESTER enters, led by an OLD MAN.
    But who is this? My father, led by a poor peasant? Oh, life is full of surprises! We age and die because they wear us out.

    OLD MAN

    (to GLOUCESTER) My good lord,
    I’ve rented land from you and your father for eighty years.

    GLOUCESTER

    Away, get out of here. Leave me, my friend. There’s nothing you can do to help me now, and being with me puts your life in danger.

    OLD MAN

    But you can’t see where you’re going, sir.

    GLOUCESTER

    I don’t have anywhere to go, so I don’t need to see. When I could see, I didn’t always see clearly. I made