Notes on Act III. scene vi
impatience: rage, unable to endure more
The gods reward your kindness: a very ironic statement considering that Gloucester will be "rewarded" with blindness
Frateretto: a demon
Nero: in Chaucer's "Monk's Tale" the Roman emperor Nero is depicted as fishing in the Tiber (more nonsense by Tom)
yeoman: property owner below the rank of gentleman (the fool's next line suggests that the yeoman has indulged his son, to raise him to higher status than himself). In some productions the Fool indicates with this line that he refers to Edgar and sees through his disguise.
thousand: Lear imagines an army (of demons?) tormenting his daughters with firebrands
arraign: bring his daughters to trial
justicer: in his madness Lear thinks the fool is a judge, and Poor Tom a wise man, as he puts his daughters on trial (F cuts this entire business)
he: Lear? or one of the demons?
Come ... to me: popular song
leak: suggesting she's in her period
nightingale: the fool's singing
Hoppedance: another demon
yoke-fellow of equity: partner in justice
minikin: shrill, possibly referring to his pipe with which he calls the sheep.
gray: devils took the shape of gray cats
joint-stool: a stage prop that Lear thinks is his daughter
another: Lear next imagines Regan stands before him on trial
'scape: in Lawrence Olivier's performance, he thinks Regan a chicken who flies away
five wits: common sense, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory (Edgar can't help but take pity on the mad king)
mar my counterfeiting: ruin my disguise as a madman
horn: madmen usually carried horns for begging; Edgar implies that he tires of his role and cannot maintain it much longer.
Persian: exotic (speaking ironically of Tom's rags)
curtains: supposedly on his bed
noon: the fool's last line, he is not seen again (no explanation given).
provision: means of providing for safety
stand in hard cure: will be hard to cure
our woes: woes similar to ours
o'er skip: it's easier to overlook our own suffering when we see that we do not suffer alone.
childed as I fathered: he suffers from his children as I do my father.
Mark the high noises: take heed of the rumors of strife between those in power?
bewray: reveal yourself
repeals: when I am proved innocent of these false charges and reconcile with my father
What will hap: whatever happens
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