William Shakespeare: King Lear, Act I, Scene V
Enter King Lear, Kent, and Fool
Go you before to Gloucester with these letters. Acquaint my daughter no further with any thing you know than comes from her demand out of the letter. If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.
Shalt see thy other daughter will use thee kindly; for though she's as like this as a crab's like an apple, yet I can tell what I can tell.
She will taste as like this as a crab does to a crab. Thou canst tell why one's nose stands i' the middle on's face?
Why, to keep one's eyes of either side's nose; that what a man cannot smell out, he may spy into.
Why, to put his head in; not to give it away to his daughters, and leave his horns without a case.
Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven
Keep me in temper: I would not be mad!
How now! are the horses ready?
She that's a maid now, and laughs at my departure,
Shall not be a maid long, unless things be cut shorter.