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Goneril's Final Words to Cordelia in Act 1, Scene 1

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Goneril’s final words to Cordelia at the close of Act I, Scene I (“You have obedience scanted, / And well are worth the want that you have wanted”) are BEST translated as:

A

There is nothing you can do to remedy the shame you have just brought upon yourself for disobeying our father.

B

If you had understood your role as the king’s daughter and as his subject better, you would be worth more than you are now.

C

If you had really wanted to marry the Duke of Burgundy, you would have better complied with the law of his land.

D

The most fitting thing you can do now is turn your attention and your duty to your new husband, in the hopes of making yourself worthy again.

E

You have failed to obey our father, and so you deserve to have everything taken away from you.