Quote: "The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices / Make instruments to plague us." (V, ii)
Analysis: Edgar recognizes the vices in men and understands how those vices haunt men. He realizes Lear's foolishness, anger and pride and certainly recognizes Gloucester's adultery as the cause of many of his problems.
Quote: "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, / And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, / Never, never, never, never, never! / Pray you, undo this button: thank you sir. / Do you see this? Look on her, look, her lips, / Look there, look there!" (V, iii).
Analysis: Lear agonizes over the death of Cordelia. As he looks upon her he hallucinates that she has returned to life, a final moment of comfort before he dies.
Quote: "The weight of this sad time we must obey; / Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. / The oldest hath borne most: we that are young / Shall never see so much, nor live so long." (V, iii)
Analysis: Edgar comments on the horrific nature of recent events, understanding that Kent will most likely die and that although he will live, he will never see anything as tragic as what happens to Lear or Gloucester, his father.