“We’ll live, and pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh at gilded butterflies.”
King Lear, Shakespeare
When father and daughter are finally reunited, it is with romantic poetry that Lear embraces the notion of being imprisoned with Cordelia forever.
'Come, let's away to prison:
We too alone will sing like birds I' the cage;
When thou dost ask me blessing I'll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness; so we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies...'
It is a beautiful, impossible dream and no girl who ever loved her father can hear it with dry eyes.