Where I could not be honest, I never yet was valiant

King Lear sculpture

Does Lear's saga of madness and greed push us towards kindness?

Enter, with drum and colours, ALBANY, GONERIL, and Soldiers

GONERIL:
[Aside] I had rather lose the battle than that sister
Should loosen him and me.

ALBANY:
Our very loving sister, well be-met.
Sir, this I hear; the king is come to his daughter,
With others whom the rigor of our state
Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest,
I never yet was valiant
: for this business,
It toucheth us, as France invades our land,
Not bolds the king, with others, whom, I fear,
Most just and heavy causes make oppose.

by William Shakespeare (April 1564 – April 1616)
from King Lear
Act 5, Scene 1
image – leadfoot

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