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What happens to Edmund in this scene as a result of his specious story about himself and Edgar?
Cornwall decides to employ him – though we are not specifically told for what purpose.
Gloucester asks Edmund to pursue Edgar himself, since he showed such courage in his encounter with his brother.
The wound Edmund inflicts upon himself to substantiate his story is deeper than he intended; by the time Cornwall and Regan enter, Edmund has grown faint.
As a consequence of her new trust in him, Regan asks for Edmund’s advice on how best to answer the letters she has received from her sister and her father.
Cornwall asks Edmund to take up his sword against Lear’s “riotous knights.”