Dog of my enemy

Having already thought once in Proteus of a line from King Lear, Stephen remembers another when the dog on the beach briefly runs toward him: "Dog of my enemy." The phrase conveys the sense of dismay that Cordelia feels at her father's vulnerable condition, but also her compassion for him. For Stephen, the vulnerability is his own.

JH 2017

Olivia Vinall as Cordelia and Simon Russell Beale as Lear in a 2014 production directed by Sam Mendes. Source: