The Fool’s A Genius


Fool 

Can you make no use of
nothing, nuncle? 

KING LEAR 

Then ’tis like the breath of an unfee’d lawyer; you
Why, no, boy; nothing can be made out of nothing.

Interesting, interesting. Nothing can me made out of nothing.  Where have I heard something like that before…

CORDELIA 

Nothing, my lord. 


KING LEAR 

Nothing! 


CORDELIA 

Nothing. 


KING LEAR 

Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.

I’ve probably heard this scene played out a dozen times, but for the first time I appreciate just how blatantly the Fool can look Lear in the eye and say, “You’re an idiot.”

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