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Poor TomLiving "King Lear"$
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Simon Palfrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226150642

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226150789.001.0001

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Scene 11 Dark Places

Scene 11 Dark Places

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Poor Tom

Simon Palfrey

University of Chicago Press

This section looks at the duel between Edgar and Edmond, and Edgar’s attempt to summarize the moral and narrative logic of the story, as though he is living in a morality play or romance. His attempt is at once frighteningly possible, because in part true to the severe telepathic, metaleptic logic of the playworld; and inadequate, because not feeling enough, and like the duel too indentured to positivistic, visible connections, and to a kind of poetic justice that the play shows to be absurd. Again, he wants to disown the supernal, parallel world of Tom—which is now also the world of Lear and Cordelia—and he cannot.

Keywords:   duel, narrative, poetic justice, telepathy, metalepsis, romance, morality play

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