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The Fool explicitly marks a distinction between himself and Lear in the course of this conversation: how so?
He refers to himself as a sweet fool and to Lear as a bitter one.
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.
He claims he only wishes he could lie as well as Lear is, indeed, able to.
He asserts that Lear is now impoverished, while he (the Fool) maintains his financially fruitful livelihood.
He claims that he would never hire Kent as immediately, and as trustingly, as Lear just has.