Backstory- thought it’s not terribly important for the context of this post- King Lear banishes youngest daughter Cordelia because she refuses to suck up to him. His two older daughters, who are adept at sucking up, are revealed as selfish you-know-what’s after receiving their inheritances, and coldly turn their backs on their aging father.
King Lear’s fool, aka “Fool,” tells the king “I told ya so” by lauding the wisdom of slimy creatures like oysters and snails:
Fool: Canst tell how an oyster makes his shell?
KING LEAR: No.
Fool: Nor I neither; but I can tell why a snail has a house.
KING LEAR: Why?
Fool: Why, to put his head in; not to give it away to his daughters, and leave his horns without a case.
KING LEAR: I will forget my nature. So kind a father! Be my horses ready?
Fool: Thy asses are gone about 'em. The reason why the seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
KING LEAR: Because they are not eight?
Fool: Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool.
KING LEAR: To take 't again perforce!
CALEB JENNINGS: (Without looking up.) The fooorce…
(ACT I Ends shortly thereafter.)
HOLLY: If you can’t trust your daughters, who can you trust?
DAD: Your fool.
HOLLY: I should get me a fool. Oh wait… (Certain individuals can fill in the blank there.)