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ACT V, SCENE 2
Edgar leads his father to a safe shelter and asks Gloucester to pray that the British will win. Edgar then leaves to go to battle. Cordelia, after making certain that Lear is safe, leads the French troops, who do not fair well in the fight.
Edgar returns to Gloucester and announces that Cordelia's army has lost the battle and that Lear and Cordelia have been taken prisoners. Realizing his father is also in imminent danger, he tries to lead his father away. Gloucester loses hope and sinks into despair, speaking of suicide. Edgar, however, comforts him and finally persuades him to go away.
The blind Gloucester plunges into deep despair and again contemplates suicide as the British lose the battle and Lear and Cordelia are taken prisoners. Edgar talks to his father about gaining control over his emotions in the face of adversity and standing strong. He finally convinces his father to come away with him to seek safety.