I thought the King had more affected the Duke

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 brazed to ’t.
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 a son, sir, by order of law,
some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in
my account. Though this knave came something
saucily to 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?

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Act 1
Scene 1
Line 1

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Notes
Read NoteLear – Act One Scene One

King Lear's first scene is notable in its length and structure. At over 300 lines, with more characters on stage than in all but the last scene of the play,