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“I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb”: Meaning

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When Regan finally emerges from Gloucester’s castle to greet her father in Act 2, Scene 4, she says: “I am glad to see your highness.” Lear’s response is:

Regan, I think you are; I know what reason
I have to think so: if thou shouldst not be glad,
I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb,
Sepulchring an adultress.

Lear’s suggestion here is that

A

ungrateful children are metaphorically dead.

B

ungrateful children are like adulterers.

C

Regan should still be mourning her mother’s death.

D

children of a dead parent owe twice the love to the parent still living.

E

legitimate children ought always to be pleased to see their fathers.