• Enter REGAN and the steward OSWALD

    REGAN

    But are my brother’s powers set forth?

    OSWALD

         Ay, madam.

    REGAN

    Himself in person there?

    OSWALD

    Madam, with much ado.
    Your sister is the better soldier.

    REGAN

    5Lord Edmund spake not with your lord at home?

    OSWALD

    No, madam.

    REGAN

    What might import my sister’s letter to him?

    OSWALD

    I know not, lady.

    REGAN

    Faith, he is posted hence on serious matter.
    10It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out,
    To let him live. Where he arrives he moves
    All hearts against us. Edmund I think is gone
    In pity of his misery to dispatch
    His nighted life; moreover to descry
    15The strength o' th' enemy.

    OSWALD

    I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.

    REGAN

    Our troops set forth tomorrow. Stay with us.
    The ways are dangerous.
  • REGAN enters with OSWALD.

    REGAN

    Have my brother-in-law’s troops been mobilized?

    OSWALD

    Yes, ma'am.

    REGAN

    Is he there in person?

    OSWALD

    Yes, making a big fuss. Your sister’s the better soldier of the two.

    REGAN

    Lord Edmund didn’t speak to your master at home?

    OSWALD

    No, ma'am.

    REGAN

    What could my sister’s letter to him say?

    OSWALD

    I don’t know, ma'am.

    REGAN

    He rushed away on serious business. It was a huge mistake to let old Gloucester live after we blinded him. Wherever he goes, he inspires compassion and people turn against us. I think Edmund went off to kill him, to put him out of his blind misery. And also to find out the size of the enemy army.

    OSWALD

    I have to follow him and give him the letter.

    REGAN

    Our troops are deployed tomorrow. Stay with us tonight. It’s dangerous out there.