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I recently watched a DVD of the Masterpiece Theatre production of King Lear and a DVD of the theatrical stage production, too, while trying to follow along on my copy of the script. I am preparing a lecture titled â€śShakespeareâ€™s Magnum Opus.â€ť
The play opens with the king announcing that he will divide his kingdom among Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, and commands those three daughters to express their love for him. He promises to give the greatest share to the one who loves him the most.
In class a student and I are going to read the dialogue of Lear and his youngest daughter, including the famous line, â€śUnhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth: I love your majesty according to my bond; nor more nor less.â€ť Lear replies, â€śHow, how, Cordelia Mend your speech a little, lest it may mar your fortunes.â€ť
1. An indefinite portion, part or share is a
A. modicum (MOD-uh-cum).
B. moniker (MON-i-ker).
C. maelstrom (MEYL-strom).
D. moiety (MOI-i-tee).
The character Gloucester uses the word â€śmoietyâ€ť in the second line of the play.
2. liege (leej OR leezh)
A. a region
B. a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
C. expression of love
D. to dissolve out soluble constituents from ashes or soil by percolation.
D is a definition of the verb leach. Liege, a noun, means a feudal lord. As an adjective, liege means owing primary allegiance, loyalty, and service to a feudal lord. King Lear tells Gloucester, â€śAttend the lords of France and Burgundy, Gloucesterâ€ť to which he replies, â€śI shall, my liege.â€ť
3. Who has courted Cordelia and insists that he still wants to marry her without her land?
A. The Duke of Albany
D. The king of France
4. Does the script of King Lear have a clerihew?
5. A clerihew is
A. a loose woman.
B. a chorus.
C. a teaching of Christ.
D. a teaching of Plato.
E. a humorous quatrain.
Though they have been a part of British literature, there is no clerihew within the King Lear script. A clerihew is a poem of four lines about a famous person that rhymes. According to Alpha Dictionary.com, the word clerihew was an eponym of Britisher Edward Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956).
The first four letters of last weekâ€™s mystery word are the last name of the German-born U.S. composer who composed â€śEchoi.â€ť The word means to search for by or as if by rummaging. The composerâ€™s name was Lukas Foss and the word is fossick ((FOS-ik).
This weekâ€™s mystery word to solve, means powerful, mighty, potent, and can be found within the last scene of King Lear.
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