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bedlam
used in King Lear

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Definition
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  • —he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy: my cue is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o' Bedlam.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle (75% in)
  • The country gives me proof and precedent Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices, Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary; And with this horrible object, from low farms, Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills, Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers, Enforce their charity.
    2.3 — Act 2 Scene 3 — The open Country (61% in)
  • Let's follow the old earl, and get the Bedlam To lead him where he would: his roguish madness Allows itself to anything.
    3.7 — Act 3 Scene 7 — A Room in Gloster's Castle (96% in)

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