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- —[To France] For you, great king, I would not from your love make such a stray To match you where I hate; therefore beseech you To avert your liking a more worthier way Than on a wretch whom nature is asham'd Almost to acknowledge hers.1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — A Room of State in King Lear's Palace (69% in)
- Tremble, thou wretch, That hast within thee undivulged crimes Unwhipp'd of justice: hide thee, thou bloody hand; Thou perjur'd, and thou simular man of virtue That art incestuous: caitiff, to pieces shake That under covert and convenient seeming Hast practis'd on man's life: close pent-up guilts, Rive your concealing continents, and cry These dreadful summoners grace.3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — Another part of the heath. Storm continues (53% in)
- The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst Owes nothing to thy blasts.4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — The heath (10% in)
- A sight most pitiful in the meanest wretch, Past speaking of in a king!4.6 — Act 4 Scene 6 — The country near Dover (71% in)
There are no more uses of "wretch" in King Lear.
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