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Facts in King Lear
Facts Examples in King Lear:
Act III - Scene VI
"Hopdance..." See in text (Act III - Scene VI)
“Hoppedance” refers to “Hoberdidance,” which is the name of a malevolent sprite or fiend that is mentioned in the morris dance. The morris dance is a lively English traditional folk dance, usually accompanied by music.
"Frateretto calls me; and tells me Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness...." See in text (Act III - Scene VI)
In the context of Edgar’s phrase, “Frateretto” likely refers to the name of a devil that is sharing secrets about Nero spending time in the “lake of darkness”—likely a reference to hell or the underworld. Nero, the last in the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was the Roman Emperor from 54–68 CE, and his rule is associated with tyranny and extravagance.