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Lear’s Disillusionment about Regan: Act 2, Scene 4

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In Act 2, Scene 4, Lear says to Regan:

No, Regan, thou shalt never have my curse:
Thy tender-hefted nature shall not give
Thee o'er to harshness: [Goneril’s] eyes are fierce; but thine
Do comfort and not burn. 'Tis not in thee
To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train,
To bandy hasty words, to scant my sizes,
And in conclusion to oppose the bolt
Against my coming in: thou better know'st
The offices of nature, bond of childhood,
Effects of courtesy, dues of gratitude;
Thy half o' the kingdom hast thou not forgot,
Wherein I thee endow'd.

What does Regan say later in the scene to suggest that Lear has been deceived about her “tender-hefted nature”?

(Select ALL that apply).

A

“What, fifty followers? / Is it not well? What should you need of more?”

B

“If you will come to me… I entreat you / To bring but five and twenty.”

C

“I pray you, father, being weak, seem so.”

D

“For those that mingle reason with your passion / Must be content to think you old.”

E

“I look'd not for you yet, nor am provided / For your fit welcome.”