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Edgar’s Flight: Act 2, Scene 1

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By what means does Edmund prompt Edgar to flee in this scene?

A

By telling Edgar that his astrological charts portend disaster and urging him to leave the country while he still can.

B

By telling Edgar that both the Duke of Cornwall and the Duke of Albany are on their way to challenge him to combat.

C

By claiming that the fifty knights of Lear’s whom Goneril has just dismissed are on their way to Gloucester’s castle, outraged and drawing their swords on whomever they encounter.

D

By contending that it would be more cowardly to stay, since the trouble is overseas, where Cordelia is – and where the dukes are now headed.

E

By suggesting to Edgar that he may have (wittingly or not) antagonized one of the dukes, and then staging a sword fight while appearing to have Edgar’s best interests at heart.