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“From that place / I shall no leading need”: Act 4, Scene 1

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In Act 4, Scene 1, the recently-blinded Gloucester says to Edgar, who is still disguised as Poor Tom:

There is a cliff, whose high and bending head
Looks fearfully in the confined deep:
Bring me but to the very brim of it,
And I'll repair the misery thou dost bear
With something rich about me: from that place
I shall no leading need.

Gloucester insinuates that he will eventually “need no leading” because

A

he is familiar with this particular cliff; and once he is there, he will be able to go the rest of the way himself, even without his eyes.

B

he plans to live a life like Poor Tom once he arrives there, and will require total solitude to do so.

C

he will need neither guidance nor assistance to jump from the cliff.

D

Kent is at the cliff and can serve as Gloucester’s eyes from there on out; Poor Tom’s services will then no longer be necessary.

E

the cliff is a metaphor; once Gloucester is at the top of it he will experience the “broad view” and won’t need to be led to understanding.