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  • Title: King Leir
  • Author: Peter Cockett

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    Author: Peter Cockett
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    King Leir

    Performing Ragan (Sc. 14)

    Read about performing Ragan in scene 11

    Ragan's aside "I must dissemble kindness now of force" (TLN 1127) once more makes Ragan's moral status crystal clear for the audience. Her dedication to her father that follows is thus received ironically. The spectacle of the old man unable to speak for "weeping" was made all the more moving by the audience's awareness that Ragan's sympathy was insincere.

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