"I felt like Lear on the heath, like the Duchess of Malfi bayed by madmen"

King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.

In the famous 'heath scene', King Lear rushes out into a storm to rail against two of his daughters, Goneril and Regan, whose ungrateful behaviour has enraged him.

 

'King Lear and the Fool in the Storm' by Dyce
Public Domain'King Lear and the Fool in the Storm' by Dyce - Credit: William Dyce (1806-1864)

 

The Duchess of Malfi is a tragedy by the English playwright John Webster (1580-1634).

The Duchess is a young widow whose remarriage is opposed by members of her family. In Act IV, Scene 2, just prior to being murdered, the Duchess is taunted by madmen.