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Kent and Gloucester both present Cornwall with the same argument for why Kent ought NOT to be put in the stocks.

What is their argument?


Kent is “too old” to be put in the stocks – meaning the stocks are too rigorous a punishment for an aged body to bear.


Kent’s is “too old” to be put in the stocks – meaning there is a certain respect to be given all elders, who should not be subject to public humiliation.


The stocks are an inhumane punishment for anyone, as the noontime heat and the nighttime elements take a bigger toll on the offender than the confinement itself.


Kent is presently on employment from the king; to “stock” him while in service would be an insult to Lear.


Goneril will be furious that her sister and brother-in-law took action against Kent without asking her opinion on the matter.

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