her. So used in this situation, it is implying that the daughters are the rulers now and they call the shots, because Lear will need their blessing just to even go inside. I do not understand Lear’s response to that, however. After the Fool says his little spiel about asking for the daughters blessing, Lear says that neither rain, wind, thunder, or fire are like his daughters (or at least that’s what I think it meant), but I feel like he would have said that his daughters are kind of like those or something, because those seem dark and can destroy things. But by saying that his daughters are not like those things, I feel like he is saying that they are less bad, which I know for sure that is not what he wanted to say because he is probably pissed at his daughters. Also, he says that he is not accusing them of unkindness, but I thought he was! I thought that is something he would try to do; call them unkind. Also in that same little part, Lear then says “I never have you kingdom, called you children. You owe me no subscription”, and I’m assuming he is talking about his daughters, and then in the footnotes it says that subscription means allegiance, but I feel like they really do owe him allegiance because, against what he just said, he did give them kingdom and called them children at one point. I guess I just don’t understand if this part is supposed to be ironic? Or if he is saying he actually thinks that he didn’t give them kingdom or call them children, and maybe he really does think that they owe him no subscription. But he then says “Here I stand your slave, a poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man”. So I feel like he definitely knows he is getting old and weak, but I also think that this is a sign of him just kind of giving up, which is kind of sad.