Notes on Act V, scene i
purpose: latest intention to fight
advised by aught: persuaded by anything
alteration: indecision, changing his mind
constant pleasure: final decision
sister's man: Goneril's servant Oswald
miscarried: met with misfortune or death
forfended: forbidden; that is, have you slept with her?
conjunct and bosom'd: joined with her in the most intimate way
rigor: hard demands; that is, those who have complaints with our governing have sided with Cordelia and France
Not bolds the king ... oppose: I enter this battle because France, a foreign power, has invaded our land, but not because France supports (makes bold) Lear and his forces who have in fact just grievances for which to fight. Albany sympathizes with Lear's cause, but as a good soldier he will defend England.
domestic and particular broils: private quarrels between the two houses (as was hinted at in III.i); this is no time to fight among ourselves.
ancient of war: experienced commanders
riddle: the real reason why you want me to go with you (and not stay here with Edmund)
overtake: I'll catch up with you (said to his men)
avouched: charged (the letter he found on Oswald, plotting Albany's death)
machination: plotting, which will cease once he is dead
greet the time: be ready
speedy taking off: quick death
debate: my status depends on action, not debating right and wrong
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