J.G. Farrell: A beautiful woman who seemed like a solid thing
Psalm 34: 18: The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted

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Lear is not referring to his faithful servant, he's referring to his daughter,Cordelia, and he doesn't learn of her murder but is present when it occurs. He then slays her murderer. He is a magnificent character with the heart and courage of a gladiator.

You're right, of course. I took the quotation from right after he says "And my poor fool is hanged!" and forgot that Cordelia had just died in that scene. Thanks.

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