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Edmund: “The younger rises when the old doth fall”

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The final lines of Act 3, Scene 3, are Edmund’s. Referring to the fact that he is going to go tell Cornwall about Gloucester’s “relief” of, and “charity” toward, Lear, Edmund says:

This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
That which my father loses; no less than all:
The younger rises when the old doth fall.

This sentiment most strongly echoes which of these sentiments from an earlier scene?

A

“I have used it, nuncle, ever since thou madest thy daughters thy mothers” (The Fool, I.iv).

B

“‘Tis our fast intent / To shake all cares and business from our age; / Conferring them on younger strengths, while we / Unburthen'd crawl toward death” (Lear, I.i).

C

“Turn all her mother's pains and benefits / To laughter and contempt; that she may feel / How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!” (Lear, I.iv).

D

“Edmund, I hear that you have shown your father / A child-like office” (Cornwall, II.i).

E

“Never, my lord: but I have heard him oft maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue” (Edmund, I.ii).