Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0136. Saturday, 19 February 1994.
Date: Friday, 18 Feb 1994 21:18:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Tom Hodges and Lear
I don't think there is a problem with Kent ever seeing Lear as an anonymous old
man. His entry is with horns, knights and attendants, and he begins giving
orders with his first line.
Lear immediately asks five or six questions of Kent, and with his knights
surrounding Kent, this could almost be in the form an interrogation. My own
view is that Kent's answers should mimic his standing up to Lear in 1.1 and
instead of kneeling, just bowing his head at the point of "authority" would be
enough. Or even look Lear straight in the eye when he says authority.
It's a long time between "authority" and tripping Oswald. I picture it more
effective to have the circle of Lear's knights either freeze or back off at
Lear's striking of Oswald. Then before Oswald can do anthing, have Kent rush
towards him and trip him.
Thanks for the opportunity to give you my ideas on the scene. Life provides too
few opportunities to direct Lear.