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Edgar’s “Welcome”: Act 4, Scene 1

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In his soliloquy at the beginning of Act 4, Scene 1, Edgar says:

Welcome, then,
Thou unsubstantial air that I embrace!

What is the cause of this happy acceptance of the winds?

A

Edgar realizes he has nothing to fear from the weather, since he has already experienced the worst.

B

Edgar realizes that Gloucester has yet to experience the worst before he reveals himself as Gloucester's son; and so the storm must go on.

C

Edgar reasons that the worse the storm gets, the more likely Regan and Goneril are to open their doors to Lear again.

D

Edgar recognizes the metaphoric power of the storm to “wash away” and “cleanse” the recent corruption in the kingdom.

E

Edgar recognizes the literal power of the storm to cleanse the recent corruption in the kingdom.