The Story So Far: After the extremely exciting and not-at-all anticlimactic Battle of Dover, Lear and Cordelia have been captured by Edmund.
I would like to note that the followed pages were scripted, drawn and inked while under the influence of jet-lag. It's kind of like working under the influence of alcohol, but with less flights of drunken creativity and more staring blankly at pieces of paper wondering why, exactly, you have chosen to remain conscious at this particular moment.
After spending most of the play dithering and hedging his bets, Albany finally starts to show some backbone in this scene. Not a lot, granted, given that he's basically just following Edgar's instructions, but still....
Please don't ask me why Edgar is wearing a Phantom of the Opera mask. I don't have an answer.
Just a reminder... Goneril and Regan's story unfolds like this:
- Goneril and Regan divide the kingdom between themselves.
- Goneril and Regan join forces to resist will of unstable, domineering father.
- Goneril and Regan both fall in love with the same man.
- Goneril poisons Regan and stabs herself to death.
As the popular saying goes... "well, that escalated quickly."
I know I didn't do justice to Lear's final scene. That is because (a) I'm jet-lagged, and (b) it's actually so horrible that I have a hard time coming up with jokes for it. A parent losing their child is pretty much as horrible as things can ever get, and Lear's lamentations over the body of Cordelia are heart-breaking, even if you are of the mindset that Lear is a stupid old man who brought all this on himself.
So, Kent goes off, presumably to kill himself, leaving poor old Edgar and Albany standing around, surrounded by bodies. Aaaaaaaand curtain. Yay?
Anyways, tune in again on Monday, when I'll wrap up the entire play in a single page and provide you with the Death/Marriage counts.