I thought the King had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall.

– William Shakespeare

King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1. The play’s opening line by the Earl of Kent about which son-in-law King Lear loves most, the Duke of Albany or Duke of Cornwall, suggests that the dynamics of family relationships will be a major feature in this play. It also foreshadows the bitter parent-child conflicts that arise, leading to tragic results.