Rent. None.

Lear. O me, my heart, my rising beart!—but, How chance the king comes with so small a

down. train ?

Fool. Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did Fool. An thou hadst been set i’the stocks for to the eels, when she put them i'the paste* that question, thou hadst well deserved it. alive; she rapped 'em oʻthe coxcombs with a Kent. Wby, tool ?

stick, and cried, Down, wantons, down: 'Twas Fool. We'll set thee to school to an ant, to her brother, that in pure kindness to his horse, teach thee there's no labouring in the winter. buttered his bay. All that follow their noses are led by their eyes, but blind men, and there's not a nose among Enter CORNWALL, REGAN, GLOSTER, and twenty, but can smell him that's stinking.

Servants. Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a bill, lest'it break thy neck with fol. Lear. Good morrow to you both. lowing it; but the great one that goes up the

Corn. Hail to your grace! hill, let him draw thee after. When a wise

[Kent is set at Liberty. man gives thee better counsel, give me mine Reg. I am glad to see your highness. again : I would have none but kuaves follow Lear. Regan, I think you are; I know what it, since a fool gives it.

[glad, That, Sir, which serves and seeks for gain, I have to think so: if thou shouldst not be And follows but for form,

I would divorce me from thy mother's tomb, Will pack, when it begins to rain,

Seplúchřing an adultress.-0, are you free And leave thee in the storm.

(T. KENT. But I will tarry, the fool will stay,

Some other time for that.-Beloved Regan, And let the wise man fly:

Thy sister's daught: 0 Regan, sbe hath tied The knave turns fool, that runs away ; Sharp-tooth'd uokindness, like a vulture here; The fool no knave, perdy:

[Points to his Heart. Kent. Where learned you this, fool ?

can scarce speak to thee; thou'lt not believe, Fool. Not i'the stocks, fool.

Of how deprav'd a quality - O Regan !

Reg. I pray you, Sir, take patience; I have Re-enter LEAR, with GLOSTER,

hope, Lear. Deny to speak with me? They are Than she to scantt her duty.

You less know how to value her desert,
sick? they are weary? [fetches;

Leur. Say, how is that?
They have traveli'd hard to-night? Mere
The images of revolt and dying off!

Reg. I cannot think, my sister in the least

Would fail her obligation: If, Sir, perchapce, Fetch me a better answer.

She have restrain’d the riots of your followers, Glo. My dear lord, You know the fiery quality of the duke ;

"Tis on such ground, and to such wholesome

As clears her from all blame. How unremoveable and fix'd he is

[end, In his own course.

Lear. My curses on her!

Reg. 0, Sir, you are old; Lear. Vengeance! plague! death!

Nature in you stands on the very verge fusion !

Of her contine: you should be rul'd, and led Fiery? what quality? Why Gloster, Gloster, I'd speak with the duke of Cornwall, and his By some discretion, that discerns your state wife.

Better than you yourself: Therefore, I pray Glo. Well, my good lord, I have inform's That to our sister you do make return; (you, them so

Say, you have wrong'd her, Sir. Lear. Inform'd them! Dost thou understand Do you but mark how this becomes the house ://

Lear. Ask her forgiveness? me, man? Glo. Ay, my good lord.

Dear daughter, I confess that I am old ; Lear. The king would speak with Cornwall;

Age is unnecessury: on my knees I beg, the dear father

(Kneeling Would with his daughter speak, commands That you'll rouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food. her service:

Reģ. Good Sir, no more; these are unsightly

Return Are they inform'd of this ?-My breath and

you to my sister.


Lear. Never, Regan : blood ! Fiery? the fiery duke ?–Tell the hot duke, that- Look'd black upon me; struck me with her

She hath abated me of half my train; No, but not yet :-may be, he is not well : * Infirmity doth still neglect all office,

tongue, Whereto our health is bound; we are not our: All the stor'd vengeances of heaven fall

Most serpent-like, upon the very heart :selves, When nature, being oppress’d, commands the On her ingrateful top! Strike her young bones, To suffer with the body : I'll forbear;

You taking airs, with lameness ! And am fallen out with my more headier will,

Corn. Fie, fie, fie! To take the indispos’d and sickly fit

Lear. You nimblelightnings, dart your blind. For the sound man.—Death on my state! Into her scornful eyes! Infect her beauty,

ing flames wherefore (Looking on Kent. You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful Should he sit here? This act persuades me, That this remotion* of the duke and her

To fall and blast her pride!

(sun, Is practicet only. Give me my servant forth :

Reg. O the bless'd gods! Go, tell the duke and his wife, I'd speak with So will you wish on me, when the rash mood's them,

[me, Now, presently: bid them come forth and hear

Lear. No, Regan, thou shalt never have my Or at their chamber door I'll beat the drum,

curse; Till it cry-Sleep to death.

Thy tender-hefted nature shall not give Glo. I'd have all well betwixt you. (Exit.

* Crust of a pie.

Be wanting in * Removing from their own house. † Artifice 11 The order of familica.




Thee o'er to harshness; her eyes are fierce, We'll no more meet, no more see one as but thine

other :Do comfort, and not burn: 'Tis not in thee But yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my dangi To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train, Or, rather, a disease that's in my flesh, To bandy hasty words, to scant my sizes, Which I must peeds call mine: thou art a boil, And, in conclusion, to oppose the bolt A plague-sore, an embossed* carbndele, Against my coming in: tbou better know'st In my corrupted blood. But I'll not chide The offices of nature, bond of childhood,

thee; Effects of courtesy, dues of gratitude; Let shame come when it will, I do not call it: Thy half o'the kingdom hast thou not forgot, I do not bid the thunder-bearer shoot, Wherein I thee endow'd.

Nor tell tales of thee to high-judging Jore: Reg. Good Sir, to the purpose.

Mend, when thou canst; be better, at thy lei

[Trumpets within. Lear. Who put my man i'the stucks? I can be patient; I can stay with Regan, Corn. Wbat trumpet's that?

I, and my hundred knights.

Reg. Not altogether so, Sir;

I look'd not for you yet, nor am provided Reg. I koow't, my sister's : this approves

For your fit welcome : Give ear, Sir, to my her letter,


sister; That she would soon be here. Is your lady Must be content to think you old, and so

For those that mingle reason with your passion, Lear. This is a slave whose easy-borrow'd

But she knows what she does.

Lear. Is this well spoken now?
Dwells in the fickle grace of her he follows:
Out, varlet, from my sight!

Reg. I dare avouch it, Sir: What, fifty fol.

lowers ? Corn. What means your grace ? Lear. Who stock'd my servant? Regan, 1 Yea, or so many ? sitht that both charge and

Is it not well? What should you need of more! have good hope Thou didst not know of't.-Who comes here? Speak 'gainst su great a number ? How, in

danger O heavens,

one house, Enter GONERIL.

Should many people, under two commands,

Hold amity ? 'Tis hard; almost impossible. If you do love old men, if your sweet sway Gon. Why might not you, my lord, receive Allow obedience, if yourselves are old,


(mibe? Make it your cause; send down, and take my From those that she calls servants, or frem part!

Reg. Why not, my lord? If then they chaped Art not asham'd to look upon this beard ?

to slaek you,

me, (TO GONEril. We could control them: If you will come te O, Regan, wilt thou take her by the hand ? (For now I spy a danger,) I entreat you Gon. Why not by the hand, Sir? How have To bring but five and twenty; to no more I offended?

Will I give place or notice. All's not offence, that indiscretion finds,

Leur. I gave you allAnd dotage terms so.

Reg. And in good time you gave it. Lear, 0, sides, you are too tough!

Lear. Made you my guardians, my deposit. Will you yet hold ?--How came my man i'the But kept a reservation to be follow'd (aries; stocks?

With such a number: What, must I come to Corn. I set him there, Sir: but his own dis

you Deserv'd much less advancement. [orders With five and twenty, Regan? said you so? Lear. You! did you ?

Reg. And speak it again, my lord; do more Reg. I pray you, father, being weak, seem

with me. If, till the expiration of your month, {so. Lear. Those wicked creatures yet do look You will return and sojourn with my sister,


[worst, Dismissing half your train, come then to me ; When others are more wicked; not being the I am now from home, and out of that provi- Stands in some rank of praise I'll go with sion


[To GONERIL Which shall be needful for your entertainment. Thy fifty yet doth double five and twenty,

Leur. Return to her, and fitty men dismiss’d? And thou art twice her love. No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose Gon. Hear me, my lord ; To waget against the enmity o'the air ; What need you five and twenty, ten, or five, To be a comrade with the wolf and owl,- To follow in a house, where twice so many Necessity's sharp pinch!-Return with'her? Have a command to tend you ? Why, the hot-blooded France, that duwerless Reg. What need one? took

Lear. O, reason not the need: our basest Our youngest born, I could as well be brought beggars To knee his throne, and, squire-like, pension Are in the poorest thing superfluous: beg

Allow not nature more than nature needs, To keep base life afoot :-Return with her ? Man's life is cheap as beast's: thou art a lady; Persuade me rather to be slave and sumpters If only to go warm were gorgeous, (wearist, To this detested groom.

Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous (Looking on the STEWARD. Which scarcely keeps thee warm.--Bot, for Gon. At your choice, Sir.

true need, Leur. I prythee, daughter, do not make me You heavens, give me that patience, patience mad;

I need! I will not trouble thee, my child; farewell : You see me here, you gods, a poor old man,

As full of grief as age; wretched in both! . Contract my allowances. † Approve 1 War, A borse that carrien necessaries on a journey.


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If it be you that stir these daughters' hearts This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear* would Against their father, fool me not so much The lion and the belly-pinched wolf [couch, To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger! Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs, 0, let not women's weapons, water-drops, And bids what will take all. Stain my man's cheeks! -No, you unnatural Kent. But who is with him? hags,

Gent. None but the fool; who labours to I will have such revenges on you both, His heart-struck injuries.

[outjest That all the world shall-I will do such Kent. Sir, I do know you; things,

[be And dare, upon the warrant of my art,t. (sion, What they are, yet I know not; but they shall Commend a dear thing to you. There is divi

The terrors of the earth. You think, I'll weep; | Although as yet the face of it be cover'd
No, l'll not weep :-

With mutual cunning, 'twixt Albany, and I have full cause of weeping; but this heart


(stars Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws, Who bave (as who have not, that their great Or ere I'll weep :-0, fool, I shall go mad! Thron’d and set high?) servants, who seem no [Exeunt LEAR, Gloster, Kent, and Fool.

less; Corn. Let us withdraw, 'will be a storm. Which are to France the spies and speculations

[Storm heard at a distance. Intelligent of our state; what hath been seen, Reg. This house

Either in snuffs and packingst of the dukes; Is little; the old man and his people cannot Or the hard rein which both of them have Be well bestow'd.


[deeper, Gon. 'Tis his own blame; he hath put Against the old kind king; or something Himself from rest, and must needs taste his Whereof, perchance, these are but furnishfolly.


{power Reg. For his particular, I'll receive him(But, true it is, from France there comes a But not one follower.

(gladly, Into this scatter'd kingdom; who already, Gon. So am I purpos’d.

Wise in our negligence, have secret feet Where is my lord of Gloster?

In some of our best ports, and are at point

To show their open banner.-Now to you: Re-enter GLOSTER.

If on my credit you dare build so far Corn. Follow'd the old man forth :-he is To inake your speed to Dover, you shall find return'd.

Some that will thank you, making just report Glo. The king is in high rage.

Of how unnatural and beinadding sorrow Corn. Whither is he going?

The king hath cause to plain. Glo. He calls to horse; but will I know not I am a gentleman of blood and breeding; whither.

And, from some knowledge and assurance, Corn. "Tis best to give him way; he leads This office to you.]

(offer himself.

Gent. I will talk further with you. Gon. My lord, entreat him by no means to

Kent. No, do not. stay.

For confirmation that I am much more Glo. Alack, the night comes on, and the

Than my out wall, open this purse, and take bleak winds

What it contains: If you shall see Cordelia, Do sorely ruffle ; for many miles about (As fear not but you shall,) show her this There's scarce a bush.

ring; Reg. 0, Sir, to wilful men,

And she will tell you who your fellowll is The injuries that they themselves procure,

That yet you do not know. Fie on this storm! Must be their schoolmasters : Shut up your

I will go seek the king.

Gent. Give me your hand : Have you no more He is attended with a desperate train;

to say ? And what they may incense* him to, being apt

Kent. Few words, but to effect, more than To have his ear abus'd, wisdom bids fear. Corn. Shut up your doors, my lord; 'tis a That, when we have found the king, (in which wild pight;

your pain

[him, My Regan counsels well: come out o'the storm. That way; I'll this ;) he that first lights on

Holla the other. [Exeunt.

(Exeunt severally. ACT III.

SCENE II.-Another Part of the Heath.

Storm continues.
SCENE I. A Heath.-A Storm is heurd, with

Enter LEAR and Fool.
Thunder and Lightning.

Lear. Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks! Enter Kent, and a GENTLEMAN, meeting.

rage! blow!

You cataracts, and hurricanoes, spout
Kent. Who's here, beside foul weather?
Gent. One minded like the weather, most

Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd

the cocks! unquietly. Kent. I know you; Where's the king?

You sulphurous and thought-executings fires,

Vaunt couriers** Gent. Contending with the fretful element:

to oak-cleaving thunderBids the wind blow the earth into the sea,


[thunder, Or swell the curled waters 'bove the main,

Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking That things might change, or cease: tears bis Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at

Strike flat the thick rotundity o'the world! white hair; Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage,

That make ingrateful man !

(once, Catch in their fury, and make nothing of:

Whose dugo are drawn dry by its young. Strives in his little world of man to outscorn + Which teaches us" to find the mind's construction

in the face." The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.

1 Snuffs are dislikes, and packings underhand contrivances, Samples.

|| Companion * Instigate.

* Quick as thought. ** Avant couriers, French


all yet;


Fool. O nuncle, court holy-water* in a dry | Come on, my boy: How dost, my boy? Art house is better than this rain-water out o'door.


(fellow? Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters' bless. I am cold myself.—Where is this straw, my ing: here's a night pities neither wise men The art of our necessities is strange, por fools.

That can make vile things precious. Come, Lear. Rumble thy bellyfull! Spit, fire ! spout,

your hovel.

[heart rain!

(ters: Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daigh- That's sorry yet for thee. I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness, Fool. He that has a little tiny uit,-. I never gave you kingdom, call’d you children,

With heigh, ho, the wind and the rain,You owe me no subscription;t why then, let Must make content with his fortunes fit ; fall


For the rain it ruineth erery duy.* Your horrible pleasure; here I stand, your Lear. True, my good boy.-Come, bring us A poor, infirm, weak, and despis'd old man :

to this hovel. (Excunt LEAR and KENT. But yet I call you servile ministers,

Fool. This is a brave night to cool a courteThat have with two pernicious daughters join'd zan.-I'll speak a prophecy ere I go; Your high engender'd battles, 'gainst a bead When priests are more in word iban matter; So old and white as this. O! Ü! 'tis foul! When brewers mar their malt with water;

Fool. He that has a house to put his head When nobles are their tailors' tutors ; in, has a good head-piece.

No heretics buro'd, but wenches' suitors:
The cod-piece that will house,

When every case in law is right;
Before the head has any,

No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
The head and he shall louse ;-

When slanders do not live in tongues;
So beggars murry many.

Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
The man that makes his toe

When usurers tell their gold i'the field,
What he his heart should make,

And bawds and whores do churches build, -
Shall of a corn cry woe,

Then shall the realm of Albion
And turn his sleep to wake.

Come to great confusion.
- for there was never yet fair woman, but she Then comes the time, who lives to see'l,
made mouths in a glass.

That going shall be us'd with feet.

This prophecy Merlin shall nake; for I live Enter Kent.

betore bis time. Lear. No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

SCENE III.-A Room in Gloster's Castle. Kent. Who's there?

Enter GLOSTER and EDMUND. Fool. Marry, here's grace, and a cod-piece ; that's a wise man, and a fool.

Glo. Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this Kent. Alas, Sir, are you here? things that unnatural dealing; When I desired their leave love night,

[skies that I might pity him, they took from me the Love not such nights as these ; the wrathful use of mine owa house; charged me, on pain Gallow the very wanderers of the dark, of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak And make them keep their caves: Since I was of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain man,


him. Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thun- Edm. Most savage, and unnatural! Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never Glo. Go to; say you nothing: There is divi. Remember to have heard; man's nature can- sion between the dukes; and a worse matter not carry

than that: I have received a letter this bigbt; The affliction, nor the fear.

-'tis dangerous to be spoken ;-1 bave locked Lear. Let the great gods,

the letter in my closet: these injuries the king That keep this dreadful pothers o'er our heads, now bears will be revenged at home; there is Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou part of a power already footed :t'we must 10wretch,

cline to the king. I wiil seek him, and privily That hast within thee updivulged crimes, relieve him: go you, and maintain talk with Unwhipp'd of justice: Hide thee, thou bloody the duke, that my charity be not of him per hand;

[tue ceived: If he ask for me, I am ill, and gone to Thou perjur’d, and thou simular|| man of vir bed. If I die for it, as no less is threatened That art incestuous: Caitiff, to pieces shake, me, the king my old master must be relieved. That under covert and convenient seeming! There is some strange thing toward, Edmund; Hast practis'd on man's life!-Close pent-up pray you, be careful. guilts,

Edm. This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the Rive your concealing continents, and cry

duke These dreadful summoners grace.

**_I am a Instantly know; and of that letter too :More sinn'd against, than sinning. (man, This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me Kent. Alack, bare-headed !

That which my father loses; no less than all: Gracions my lord, hard by here is a hovel; The younger rises, when the old doth fall. Some friendship will it lend you 'gainst the

tempest; Repose you there: while I to this hard house, SCENE IV.- A Part of the Heath, with a (More hard than is the stone whereot’tis rais'd;

Which even but now, demandingtt after you,

Enter LEAR, Kent, and Fool.
Denied me to come in,) return, and force
Their scanted courtesy.

Kent. Here is the place, my lord; good, my Lear. My wits begin to turp.

lord, enter:
The tyranny of the open night's too rough

For nature to endure.
• A proverbial phrase for fair words. + Obedience.
Scare or frighten. Blutering noisc. || Counterfeit.

Part of the Clown's song in Twelfth Night. & Appearance. * Favour. tt Inquiring.

† A force already landed.

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Lear. Let me alone.

0, do de, do de, do de.-Bless thee from Kent. Good my lord, enter here.

whirlwinds, star-blasting, and taking !* Do Lear. Wilt break my heart?

poor Tom some charity, whom the foul fiend Kent. I'd rather break mine own: Good my vexes: There could I have him now,-and lord, enter.

there,-and there,- and there again, and Lear. Thou think'st 'tis much, that this con- there.

[Storm continues. tentious storm

Lear. What, have his daughters brought him Invades us to the skin: so 'tis to thee;

to this pass? But where the greater malady is fix'd,

Couldst thou save nothing? Didst thou give The lesser is scarce felt. Thou’dst shun a bear:

them all ? But if thy flight lay toward the raging sea, Fool. Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we Thou’dst meet the bear i'the mouth. When the had been all ashamed. mind's free,

Lear. Now, all the plagues that in the penThe body's delicate: the tempest in my mind

dulous air Doth from my senses take all feeling else, Hang fated o'er men's faults, light on thy Save what beats there.- Filial ingratitude!

daughters ! Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand, Kent. He hath no daughters, Sir. For lifting food to't?-But I will punish Lear. Death, traitor! nothing could have subhome:

du'd nature No, I will weep no more.-In such a night To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters.To shut me out!--Pour on; I will endure:- Is it the fashion, that discarded fathers In such a night as this! () Regan, Goneril !- Should have thus little mercy on their flesh ? Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave Judicious punishment! 'twas this flesh begot all,

Those pelican daughters.
O, that way madness lies; let me shun that; Edg: Pillicock sat on pillicock’s-bill ;-
No more of that,-

Halloo, halloo, loo, loo!
Kent. Good my lord, enter here.

Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools Lear. Pr’ythee, go in thyself; seek thine own and madmen. ease ;

Edg. Take heed o’the foul fiend: Obey thy This tempest will not give me leave to ponder parents; keep. thy word justly; swear not; On things would hurt me more.—But I'll go commit not with man's sworn spouse; set

not thy sweet heart on proud array: Tom's In, boy; go first.-[To the Fool.) You house-a-cold. 'less poverty,

Lear. What hast thou been ? Nay, get thee in. I'll pray, and then I'll sleep.- Edg. A serving-man, proud in heart and

| Fool goes in. mind; that curled my hair; wore gloves in my Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, cap,t served the lust of my mistress' heari, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,

and did the act of darkness with her; swore How shall your houseless heads, and unfed as many oaths as I spake words, and broke sides,

them in the sweet face of heaven: one, that Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, de- slept in the contriving of lust, and waked to

do it: Wine loved I deeply; dice dearly; and From seasons such as these? O, I have ta'en in woman, out-paramoured the Turk: False of Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp;

heart, light of ear, bloody of band; Hog in Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel; sloth, fox in stealth, wolt in greediness, dog in That thou may'st shake the superflux to them, madness, lion in prey. Let not the creaking And show the heavens more just.

of shoes, nor the rustling of silks, betray thy Edg. (Within.) Fathom and balf, fathom poor heart to women: Keep thy foot out of and hall! Poor Tom !

brothels, thy hand out of plackets, thy pen (The Fool runs out from the Horel. from lenders' books, and dely the foul fiend.fool. Come not in here, nuncle, here's a Still through the hawthorn blows the cold spirit.

wind : Says suum, mun, ha no nonny, dolphin Help me, help me!

my boy, my boy, sessa; let him trot by. Kent. Give me thy hand.-Who's there?

[Storm still continues. Fool. A spirit, a spirit; he says his name's Lear. Why, thou were better in thy grave, poor Tom.

than to answer with thy uncovered body this Kent. What art thou that dost grumble there extremity of the skies.--Is man no more than i'the straw?

this ? Consider' him well: Thou owest the Come forth.

worm no silk, the beast no hide, the sheep no

wool, the cal no perfume:-Ha! here's three Enter EDGAR, disguised as a Madman. of us are sophisticated !- Thou art the thing Edg. Away! the foul fiend follows me!

itself: unaccommodated man is no more but Through the sharp hawthorn blows the cold --Off, off, you lendings:--Come;, unbutton

such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art. wind.

here. Humph! go to thy cold bed, and warm thee.

[Tearing off his Clothes. Lear. Hast thou given all to thy two daugh- a naughty vight to swim in.-Now a little fire

Fool. Pr’ythee, nuncie, be contented; this is ters? And art thou come to this? Edg. Who gives any thing to poor Tom? a small spark, all the rest of his body cold.

in a wild field were like an old lecher's heart; whom the foul fiend hath led through fire and Look, here comes a walking, fire. through flame, through ford and whirlpool, over bog and quagmire; that bath laid knives

Edg. This is the foul tiend Flibbertigibbet: under his pillow, and halters in his pew; set ratsbane by his porridge; made him proud of

To take is to blast, or strike with malignant influence. heart, to ride op a bay trotting-horse over four-vour of a mistress

# It was the custom to wear gloves in the hat, as the fainched bridges, to course his own shadow for The words unbutton here, are probably only a inargı a traitor:-Bless thy five wits! Tom's a-cold. nal direction crept into the matter.

fend you

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