The King Lear Story
Posted by Dr. Vollmer on January 27, 2014
Esther, fifty-five, refers to herself as Cordelia, the daughter of King Lear who refused to sell her love to her father, leaving the King to buy the false marketing, but pleasant sounding words of his other two daughters. By her account, her pure love was overshadowed by her manipulative sisters, and as such, she was abandoned by her family. “It sounds like you are so lonely and misunderstood,” I say to Esther, thinking that I need to re-read King Lear. “Yes, but I am also angry,” Esther says firmly and directly. “I tried so many times to explain to my father my perspective, but he did not listen,” she says with sadness and frustration. “Do you feel that I listen?” I wonder, if she has assumed that because her father did not hear her, nobody does. “Yes and no,” she says. “I think you hear me sometimes, but sometimes you go off on your own tangent.” Esther says, again with characteristic directness. “When I go off on a tangent, does this make you feel like you have disappeared in my mind?” I ask, wondering how hurtful that is to her. “Absolutely,” she says, as if there were no other way to think about it. “Maybe I am being self-centered, and focusing on my own thoughts, but if you remind me, I can get back on track and connect with you,” I say, highlighting that there is a difference between lapsing into my own brain and erasing her from mine. “I need to think about that one,” she says, with rapture about my comment.