King Lear Act IV, Scene 3: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 3: Summary and Analysis

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Gentleman: brings news to Kent of Cordelia and the King of France

This scene takes place in the French encampment near Dover. Explaining the reason for the King of France’s sudden departure from the camp, a Gentleman tells Kent that the King was called back to France on urgent business that, in his absence, could prove dangerous to the state. He has left Monsieur La Far, his marshal, in charge while he is away. Kent inquires about the letters he has written to Cordelia concerning Goneril and Regan’s cruel treatment of their father. The Gentleman explains that often a tear would trickle down her cheeks as she fought to control her passion while she was reading the...

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