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“Stay with us; / The ways are dangerous”: Act 4, Scene 5

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In Act 4, Scene 5, this exchange occurs between Oswald and Regan:

OSWALD
I must needs after him, madam, with my letter.

REGAN
Our troops set forth to-morrow: stay with us;
The ways are dangerous.

OSWALD
I may not, madam:
My lady charged my duty in this business.

What is the real reason that Regan desires that Oswald stay the night?

A

Regan knows the content of the letter, and knows the intelligence will be better-timed if the letter is delivered tomorrow.

B

Regan mistrusts the content of the letter and wants to delay its delivery.

C

Regan has fallen in love with Oswald, and wants to keep him close for this reason.

D

Regan mistrusts Oswald, and wants to keep him close for this reason.

E

Regan truly is concerned for Oswald’s life, and to send him along with their troops in the morning would be a means of protecting him.