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Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.
 William ShakespeareKing Lear (1623). copy citation

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1623
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Written between 1603 and 1606
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Kwize Master While King Lear asks each of his three daughters to express how much they love him, Cordelia responds in a rather cold way that she loves him like a daughter would love her father, neither more, nor less. Unsettled by this unexpected answer, Lear gives his daughter a chance to pull herself together, threatening to disinherit her if she fails to show a little more kindness in her speech.
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