• Enter with drum and colors EDMUND, REGAN, gentlemen, and soldiers

    EDMUND

    (to a gentleman) Know of the duke if his last purpose hold,
    Or whether since he is advised by aught
    To change the course. He’s full of alteration
    And self-reproving. Bring his constant pleasure.
    Exit gentleman

    REGAN

    5Our sister’s man is certainly miscarried.

    EDMUND

    'Tis to be doubted, madam.

    REGAN

         Now, sweet lord,
    You know the goodness I intend upon you.
    Tell me but truly—but then speak the truth—
    Do you not love my sister?

    EDMUND

         In honored love.

    REGAN

    10But have you never found my brother’s way
    To the forfended place?

    EDMUND

    That thought abuses you.

    REGAN

    I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
    And bosomed with her as far as we call hers.

    EDMUND

    15No, by mine honor, madam.
  • EDMUND, REGAN, gentlemen, and soldiers enter with drums and banners.

    EDMUND

    (to a gentleman) Go find out from the Duke of Albany if his decision still holds, or if he’s changed his mind. He’s always going back and forth and second-guessing himself. Come back and tell me what his final decision is.
    Gentleman exits.

    REGAN

    My sister’s servant Oswald has certainly run into trouble.

    EDMUND

    I’m afraid that may be the case, madam.

    REGAN

    Now, my sweet lord, you know how much I like you. Tell me truthfully, do you love my sister?

    EDMUND

    Yes, truly and honorably.

    REGAN

    But have you ever gone in my brother-in-law’s bed and had sex with her?

    EDMUND

    No. You dishonor yourself and our relationship by thinking that.

    REGAN

    I’m just worried that you’ve been cozying up to her, and gotten intimate with her.

    EDMUND

    No, I swear on my honor, I haven’t, madam.