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In Act 4, Scene 1, the recently-blinded Gloucester says to Edgar, who is still disguised as Poor Tom:

There is a cliff, whose high and bending head
Looks fearfully in the confined deep:
Bring me but to the very brim of it,
And I'll repair the misery thou dost bear
With something rich about me: from that place
I shall no leading need.

Gloucester insinuates that he will eventually “need no leading” because


he is familiar with this particular cliff; and once he is there, he will be able to go the rest of the way himself, even without his eyes.


he plans to live a life like Poor Tom once he arrives there, and will require total solitude to do so.


he will need neither guidance nor assistance to jump from the cliff.


Kent is at the cliff and can serve as Gloucester’s eyes from there on out; Poor Tom’s services will then no longer be necessary.


the cliff is a metaphor; once Gloucester is at the top of it he will experience the “broad view” and won’t need to be led to understanding.

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