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Gloucester: “When I desired their leave that I might pity him”

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Act 3, Scene 3 opens with these words by Gloucester:

Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing. When I desired their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house; charged me, on pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.

Who are the “he” and “they” of whom Gloucester speaks?

A

Lear and his daughters.

B

Lear and his men.

C

Edgar and the Dukes of Albany and Cornwall.

D

Edgar and Lear’s daughters.

E

Kent and Lear’s daughters.