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Albany’s Verbal Revenge: Act 5, Scene 3

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In Act 5, Scene 3, Albany says to Regan:

For your claim, fair sister,
I bar it in the interest of my wife:
'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord,
And I, her husband, contradict your bans.
If you will marry, make your loves to me,
My lady is bespoke.

In these lines, Albany’s verbal retribution comes in the subtle form of

A

reminding Regan that Edmund does not yet belong to her.

B

reminding Regan that Edmund can never belong to her.

C

reminding Goneril that he, too, is capable of infidelity.

D

reminding Goneril that he will always be her primary “contract.”

E

reminding Edmund that Albany has the power to choose whom Edmund will marry.