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- Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks; Turn all her mother's pains and benefits To laughter and contempt; that she may feel How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!1.4 — Act 1 Scene 4 — A Hall in Albany's Palace (82% in)
- ] Never, Regan: She hath abated me of half my train; Look'd black upon me; struck me with her tongue, Most serpent-like, upon the very heart:— All the stor'd vengeances of heaven fall On her ingrateful top!2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — Before Gloster's Castle; Kent in the stocks (50% in)
- —Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thine arrest, This gilded serpent [pointing to Goneril.5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (29% in)
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