|If this letter speed, and my invention thrive, Edmund the base shall to th’ legitimate. I grow, I prosper; now, gods, stand up for bastards!
||Edmund’ plans for the future. He calls on higher powers.
|It is his hand, my Lord, but I hope his heart is not in the contents.
||Edmund deceives Gloucester, his father.
|The bond crack’d twixt son and father.
||Gloucester has been deceived by Edmund and thinks Edgar has betrayed him [disowns him???]
|This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, the stars.
||Edmund has disdain for those who blame higher powers when things go wrong.
|Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him, and at my entreaty forbear his presence.
||Edmund has informed Edgar that Gloucester is distraught because of him.
|Some villain hath done me wrong.
||Edgar knows someone is working against him. Example of dramatic irony.
|A credulous father, and a brother noble, whose nature is so far from doing harms that he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty my practices ride easy.
||Edmund’s comments on his father and brother.