Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass! he hates him much
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer.
– William Shakespeare
King Lear, Act 5, Scene 3. The compassionate Kent has great sympathy for Lear’s suffering and is loyal to him beyond death. He asks Edgar not to trouble his departing spirit and to allow him pass on. Kent would hate anyone who made him stay in this torturous world any longer, he says.