KENT : I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall.

GLOUCESTER: It did always seem so to us; but now, in the division of the kingdom, it

appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weighed, that curiosity in

neither can make choice of either's moiety.

KENT - Is not this your son, my lord?

GLOUCESTER - His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge. I have so often blushed to

acknowledge him, that now I am abrazed to it.

KENT - I cannot conceive you.

GLOUCESTER - Sir, this young fellow's mother could; whereupon she grew round-

wombed, and had, indeed, sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her bed. Do

you smell a fault?

KENT - I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.

GLOUCESTER - But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who

yet is no dearer in my account. Though this knave came something saucily into the world before he was sent

for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged.

Do you know this noble gentleman, Edmund?

EDMUND - No, my lord.

GLOUCESTER - My lord of Kent. Remember him hereafter as my honorable friend.

EDMUND - My services to your lordship.

KENT - I must love you, and sue to know you better.

EDMUND - Sir, I shall study deserving.

GLOUCESTER - He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again. [Sound a sennet.] The king is coming.


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