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In the Mabinogion, one of Llyr's two wives isIweradd ("Ireland").
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Cordelia -- did she stay behind in disguise as King Lear's jester?
Lear disinherited the honest daughter.
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Goneril and Regan may havebeen embarrassed.
The only hope forhuman beings is that we can be try to be decent and generouswith one another.Whether or not you agree (and I do not), this deepest message explains for me why the "cosmic" tragedy of King Lear stillspeaks to us so powerfully.
Goneril says she loves her father more than she can say.
Restoration themes ("Love Conquors All", "Virtue is Rewarded", etc.) From the same milieu that produced the corny William Dyce painting of Lear and his jester enjoying the countryside.
King Learthanks her and gives her Third Prize.
Edgar's skeptical expression is kinder but seems even deeper.It seems to me that Shakespeare is saying, as clearly as he can, whatmany people in his own day must have believed secretly.
King Learthanks her and gives her Second Prize.
Shakespeare changed his source material -- in the original, the sonmerely talks the father out of suicide.Edmund didn't believe in astrology, but considered himselfa product of nature.