Notes on Act I, scene v
daughter: Regan; this is an oversight on Shakespeare's part, as how could Lear know that Regan will be at Gloucester's castle, when she says they purposely left their own home to avoid Lear (II.i)?
kibes: an inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold, known today as chilblains.
prithee: pray thee
slip-shod: You needn't wear slippers to protect you from chilblains, implying that he hasn't any brains in his heels or elsewhere, if he intends to go to Regan for help.
kindly: double meaning: affectionately (ironic) or in kind, according to her nature
this: this one, he compares her to Goneril
crab: crab apple; although the two sisters don't look alike, they will "taste" alike.
her: Cordelia; already Lear's conscience bothers him.
nature: paternal instincts
asses: followers (for only asses follow a fool like you)
seven stars: the constellation of Pleiades
perforce: perhaps Lear contemplates taking back his kingdom by force if necessary
temper: mentally balanced, sane
things: male genitals; a foolish maid will not remain a virgin for long, unless surrounded by impotent men (Lear).
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