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

Author William Shakespeare
Source King Lear
Topic speech care communication
Date 1623
Language English
Note Written between 1603 and 1606

Meaning and analysis

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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