King Lear: Novel Summary: Act 3, Scene 4-Act 3, Scene 5

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Act 3, Scene 4: Lear and his men reach the hovel, and he mourns that his daughters have betrayed him.  When they enter the hovel, they find Edgar disguised as a madman.  When the madman speaks, Lear wonders if it was the man's daughters that drove him mad.  He laments on how daughters are the roots of the evils in his life.  The men begin talking to the beggar, and Gloucester enters telling them that he doesn't approve of the way they have been treated.  Lear decides that he likes the beggar and continues having conversations with him while Gloucester tries to get the men to come to a house he has prepared for them.  Kent and Gloucester think that Lear is beginning to go mad, and Gloucester himself admits that he feels like he's going mad with everything that happened with Edgar.  They all remove to the house Gloucester has prepared, and Lear decides that he must take the beggar too because he enjoys talking to him.
Act 3, Scene 5: Edmund gives Cornwall the incriminating letter from the French and he is very angry.  For the bastard's loyalty, Cornwall makes him the Earl of Gloucester, and his father an outlaw.  Cornwall tells Edmund that he must accompany him to see Regan. 

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