Q: *King Lear*: 1.4 Business
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0131. Friday, 18 February 1994.
From: Tom E. Hodges <
Date: Thursday, 17 Feb 1994 14:31:55 GMT-6
Subject: *King Lear*: 1.4 BUSINESS
In *King Lear* 1.4 after Kent-in-disguise has answered Lear's "Dost thou know
me, fellow?" with "No...," when does Kent "recognize" this old man as king?
That is, at what point and by what business does the actor convey to Lear that
he now sees him as king rather than as anonymous old man?
Kozintsev, Elliott, Miller, and Brook understandably take liberties in their
movie versions of *KL*, but what do the RSC or others consider traditional
business for this part of the scene?
I have considered the following: having Kent kneel at his line "Authority."
seems effective. Or what about having Kent kneel at that later moment when
Lear asks Oswald, "...who am I, sir?" perhaps while throwing back his cape or
hood and revealing for the first time some regal attire? Then as Oswald
dawdles in his response, the kneeling Kent is conveniently placed for the
"tripping up." Or am I foolishly snagged on this need-to-kneel notion?
Folks, I apologize if my questions replay previous discussions on SHAKSPER. If
they do, do you recall the date? Or an article or book you might suggest?
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