How does Gloucester react to Edgar's alleged plan to murder him in Act 2, Scene 1?

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Gloucester reacts about how you would expect him to react.  After all, he's just been told that his son is trying to kill him.  He reacts very angrily and pretty much says that Edgar is now an outlaw.

He says that Edgar had better run away.  He says that if he catches Edgar he will kill him.  He says that anyone who helps him catch Edgar will get a reward.  And he says that anyone who helps Edgar will die.

With this, Edmund's plan has totally succeeded.  He has gotten his father to hate his legitimate son and to think that Edmund is the good guy.

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