Scene V

Gloucester's castle.

[Enter Cornwall and Edumund]

CORNWALL:
I will have my revenge ere I depart his house.
EDMUND:
How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives
way to loyalty, something fears me to think of.
CORNWALL:
I now perceive, it was not altogether your brother's
evil disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking(5)
merit, set a-work by a reprovable badness in himself.
EDMUND:
How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be
just! This is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an
intelligent party to the advantages of France: O heavens! that
this treason were not, or not I the detector!(10)
CORNWALL:
Go with me to the duchess.
EDMUND:
If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty
business in hand.
CORNWALL:
True or false, it hath made thee earl of Gloucester.
Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our(15)
apprehension.
EDMUND:
[Aside] If I find him comforting the king, it will stuff
his suspicion more fully.—I will persevere in my course of
loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my
blood.(20)
CORNWALL:
I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt find a dearer
father in my love.

[Exeunt]