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King Lear

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The Fool's Distinction between Himself and Lear: Act 1, Scene 4

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The Fool explicitly marks a distinction between himself and Lear in the course of this conversation: how so?

A

He refers to himself as a sweet fool and to Lear as a bitter one.

B

He says that, while he wears the coxcomb as the mark of his profession, Lear is really the one who ought to be wearing it.

C

He claims he only wishes he could lie as well as Lear is, indeed, able to.

D

He asserts that Lear is now impoverished, while he (the Fool) maintains his financially fruitful livelihood.

E

He claims that he would never hire Kent as immediately, and as trustingly, as Lear just has.