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The Consequence of Edmund’s Story: Act 2, Scene 1

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What happens to Edmund in this scene as a result of his specious story about himself and Edgar?

A

Cornwall decides to employ him – though we are not specifically told for what purpose.

B

Gloucester asks Edmund to pursue Edgar himself, since he showed such courage in his encounter with his brother.

C

The wound Edmund inflicts upon himself to substantiate his story is deeper than he intended; by the time Cornwall and Regan enter, Edmund has grown faint.

D

As a consequence of her new trust in him, Regan asks for Edmund’s advice on how best to answer the letters she has received from her sister and her father.

E

Cornwall asks Edmund to take up his sword against Lear’s “riotous knights.”