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Lear’s Narrative about Edgar/Poor Tom: Act 3, Scene 4

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When Edgar first steps out of the hovel on the heath in Act 3, Scene 4, what does Lear immediately presume about him?

A

That Edgar must be mad because Lear did not properly attend to his homeless and impoverished subjects when he ruled.

B

That Edgar must be mad because he, too, had unkind daughters.

C

That Edgar is a spirit who has appeared to caution him to be more generous with the poor.

D

That the punishment Edgar is undergoing for whatever sin he committed is surely undeserved.

E

That Edgar is infected with a sickness that is likely to plague all of them.