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King Lear

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Lear: “Wilt break my heart?” (Act 3, Scene 4)

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Act 3, Scene 4 contains this exchange between Lear and Kent:

KING LEAR
Let me alone.

KENT
Good my lord, enter here.

KING LEAR
Wilt break my heart?

KENT
I had rather break mine own. Good my lord, enter.

What does Lear MOST LIKELY mean when he asks Kent: “Wilt break my heart?”

A

Will it break my heart to experience this poor shelter, remembering I once had more luxurious shelter elsewhere?

B

Will it break my heart, once inside, to see both you and the Fool reduced to this impoverished state with me?

C

Will you break my heart by trying to harm me once we are within?

D

Will you break my heart with what you have to say to me once we are within?

E

Will you break my heart by inviting me into a place quiet enough that I have no choice but to feel my feelings?