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Lear's Rashness: Act 1, Scene 1

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Toward the end of Act 1, Scene 1, Goneril declares to Regan that “the best and soundest of [Lear’s] time hath been but rash.” Regan answers her sister by noting Lear’s “inconstant starts.” These comments echo Kent’s warning to Lear, earlier in the scene, to “cheque / This hideous rashness.”

Which of the following quotes by Lear in this scene is NOT an example of the “rashness” and “inconstancy” that Regan, Goneril, and Kent allude to?

A

“When she was dear to us, we did hold her so; / But now her price is fall’n.”

B

“How, how Cordelia! Mend your speech a little, / Lest it may mar your fortunes.”

C

“The barbarous Scythian… shall to my bosom / Be as well neighbour’d, pitied, and relieved, / As thou my sometime daughter.”

D

“If, on the tenth day following, / Thy banish’d trunk be found in our dominions, / The moment is thy death."

E

“Here I disclaim all my paternal care, / Propinquity and property of blood, / And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee, from this, for ever.”