I can keep honest counsel, ride, run, mar a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain message bluntly: that which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence.

– William Shakespeare

King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4. Before hiring him as a servant, Lear asks Caius (Kent in disguise) what kind of work can he do. He lists off his qualifications for the job, which include being able to keep confidences, tell a good story badly, deliver a message bluntly, and work hard. Kent is one of the few people around Lear who is capable and courageous enough to speak his mind honestly.