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King Lear

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The Fool’s Prophecy: Act 3, Scene 2

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Act 3, Scene 2 closes with these lines by the Fool:

I'll speak a prophecy ere I go:
When priests are more in word than matter;
When brewers mar their malt with water;
When nobles are their tailors' tutors;
No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors;
When every case in law is right;
No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
When slanders do not live in tongues;
Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
When usurers tell their gold i' the field;
And bawds and whores do churches build;
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion:
Then comes the time, who lives to see't,
That going shall be used with feet.
This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before his time.

What is peculiar about the Fool’s prophecy?

Select ALL that apply.

A

It doesn’t specify whom the prophecy affects.

B

It is spoken from the point of view of another prophet; the Fool merely repeats it.

C

It is a kind of meta-prophecy; a prophecy of or within a prophecy.

D

It includes conditions that have already been fulfilled.

E

It includes conditions that could never be fulfilled.