The Tempest


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Adrian,

Francisco, and others


GONZALO

Beseech you, sir, be merry. You have cause –

So have we all – of joy; for our escape

Is much beyond our loss. Our hint of woe
hint (n.) 2 occasion, circumstance, experience

Is common. Every day, some sailor's wife,

The masters of some merchant, and the merchant,
merchant (n.) 3 merchant-ship

Have just our theme of woe. But for the miracle,
theme (n.) 1 subject, subject-matter, topic of discourse

I mean our preservation, few in millions

Can speak like us. Then wisely, good sir, weigh

Our sorrow with our comfort.


ALONSO

                         Prithee, peace.


SEBASTIAN

(aside to Antonio)

He receives comfort like

cold porridge.


ANTONIO

(aside to Sebastian)
give over (v.) 1 desert, leave, abandon
visitor (n.) parish visitor [of the sick], charity worker

The visitor will not give

him o'er so.


SEBASTIAN (aside to Antonio)

(aside to Antonio)

Look, he's winding up the

watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.
by and by (adv.) 1 immediately, straightaway, directly
wit (n.) 3 reasoning, thinking, deliberation


GONZALO

Sir –


SEBASTIAN

One: tell.
tell (v.) 1 count out, number, itemize


GONZALO

When every grief is entertained that's offered,
entertain (v.) 1 receive, admit, let in

Comes to th' entertainer –
entertainer (n.) receiver, harbourer, person who considers


SEBASTIAN

A dollar.


GONZALO

Dolour comes to him indeed. You have spoken
dolour (n.) sorrow, grief, lamentation

truer than you purposed.
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan


SEBASTIAN

You have taken it wiselier than I meant you

should.


GONZALO

(to Alonso)

Therefore, my lord –


ANTONIO

Fie, what a spendthrift is he of his tongue!


ALONSO

I prithee, spare.
spare (v.) 3 stop, desist


GONZALO

Well, I have done. But yet –


SEBASTIAN

He will be talking.


ANTONIO

Which, of he or Adrian, for a good wager,

first begins to crow?


SEBASTIAN

The old cock.


ANTONIO

The cockerel.
cockerel (n.) young cock


SEBASTIAN

Done. The wager?


ANTONIO

A laughter.


SEBASTIAN

A match.
match (n.) 1 bargain, contract, agreement


ADRIAN

Though this island seem to be desert –
desert (adj.) desolate, lonely, isolated


ANTONIO

Ha, ha, ha!


SEBASTIAN

So, you're paid.


ADRIAN

Uninhabitable, and almost inaccessible –


SEBASTIAN

Yet –


ADRIAN

Yet –


ANTONIO

He could not miss't.


ADRIAN

It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate
delicate (adj.) 3 pleasant, delightful, congenial
subtle, subtile (adj.) 3 refined, rarefied, very fine
tender (adj.) 8 mild, soft, gentle

temperance.
temperance (n.) 3 temperateness, climate, mildness


ANTONIO

Temperance was a delicate wench.
delicate (adj.) 5 pleasure-seeking, voluptuous, self-indulgent
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count


SEBASTIAN

Ay, and a subtle, as he most learnedly
subtle, subtile (adj.) 1 crafty, cunning, wily

delivered.
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe


ADRIAN

The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.


SEBASTIAN

As if it had lungs, and rotten ones.


ANTONIO

Or, as 'twere perfumed by a fen.
fen (n.) marshland, swamp


GONZALO

Here is everything advantageous to life.


ANTONIO

True, save means to live.


SEBASTIAN

Of that there's none, or little.


GONZALO

How lush and lusty the grass looks! How
lusty (adj.) 1 vigorous, strong, robust, eager

green!


ANTONIO

The ground, indeed, is tawny.
tawny (adj.) 2 yellowish brown


SEBASTIAN

With an eye of green in't.
eye (n.) 4 hint, tinge, slight shade


ANTONIO

He misses not much.


SEBASTIAN

No. He doth but mistake the truth totally.


GONZALO

But the rarity of it is – which is indeed almost
rarity (n.) exceptional nature, striking quality

beyond credit –
credit (n.) 1 credibility, believing, belief


SEBASTIAN

As many vouched rarities are.
vouched (adj.) guaranteed, attested, certified


GONZALO

That our garments, being, as they were,

drenched in the sea, hold, notwithstanding, their
hold (v.) 1 keep, maintain, observe

freshness and glosses, being rather new-dyed than
gloss (n.) 2 brightness, freshness, shine, lustre

stained with salt water.


ANTONIO

If but one of his pockets could speak, would it

not say he lies?


SEBASTIAN

Ay, or very falsely pocket up his report.


GONZALO

Methinks our garments are now as fresh as
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

when we put them on first in Afric, at the marriage of

the King's fair daughter Claribel to the King of Tunis.


SEBASTIAN

'Twas a sweet marriage, and we prosper well

in our return.


ADRIAN

Tunis was never graced before with such a

paragon to their queen.


GONZALO

Not since widow Dido's time.


ANTONIO

Widow? A pox o' that! How came that widow

in? Widow Dido!


SEBASTIAN

What if he had said ‘ widower Aeneas ’ too?

Good Lord, how you take it!
take (v.) 3 make use of, seize on


ADRIAN

‘ Widow Dido,’ said you? You make me study of
study (v.) 1 deliberate, meditate, reflect [on]

that. She was of Carthage, not of Tunis.


GONZALO

This Tunis, sir, was Carthage.


ADRIAN

Carthage?


GONZALO

I assure you, Carthage.


ANTONIO

His word is more than the miraculous harp.


SEBASTIAN

He hath raised the wall, and houses too.


ANTONIO

What impossible matter will he make easy
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance

next?


SEBASTIAN

I think he will carry this island home in his

pocket and give it his son for an apple.


ANTONIO

And sowing the kernels of it in the sea, bring
kernel (n.) seed, pip

forth more islands.


GONZALO

Ay.


ANTONIO

Why, in good time.


GONZALO

(to Alonso)

Sir, we were talking, that our garments

seem now as fresh as when we were at Tunis at

the marriage of your daughter, who is now Queen.


ANTONIO

And the rarest that e'er came there.
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent


SEBASTIAN

Bate, I beseech you, widow Dido.
bate (v.) 3 except, omit, leave out of consideration


ANTONIO

O, widow Dido? Ay, widow Dido.


GONZALO

Is not, sir, my doublet as fresh as the first day

I wore it? I mean, in a sort.
sort (n.) 3 way, manner


ANTONIO

That ‘ sort ’ was well fished for.
sort (n.) 4 kind, variety, type


GONZALO

When I wore it at your daughter's marriage.


ALONSO

You cram these words into mine ears against

The stomach of my sense. Would I had never
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]

Married my daughter there! For, coming thence,

My son is lost, and, in my rate, she too,
rate (n.) 2 opinion, estimation, view

Who is so far from Italy removed

I ne'er again shall see her. O thou mine heir

Of Naples and of Milan, what strange fish

Hath made his meal on thee?


FRANCISCO

                         Sir, he may live.

I saw him beat the surges under him,

And ride upon their backs. He trod the water,

Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted

The surge most swoll'n that met him. His bold head

'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oared
oar (v.) move as with an oar

Himself with his good arms in lusty stroke
lusty (adj.) 1 vigorous, strong, robust, eager

To th' shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bowed,
basis (n.) 1 base, foot, foundation

As stooping to relieve him. I not doubt

He came alive to land.


ALONSO

                         No, no, he's gone.


SEBASTIAN

Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss,

That would not bless our Europe with your daughter,

But rather loose her to an African,

Where she, at least, is banished from your eye,
eye (n.) 1 sight, view, presence

Who hath cause to wet the grief on't.
wet (v.) 1 weep for, lament with tears


ALONSO

                         Prithee, peace.


SEBASTIAN

You were kneeled to and importuned otherwise
importune (v.) 1 urge, press

By all of us; and the fair soul herself

Weighed between loathness and obedience at
loathness (n.) 1 loathing, repulsion, dislike

Which end o'th' beam should bow. We have lost your son,

I fear, for ever. Milan and Naples have

More widows in them of this business' making

Than we bring men to comfort them.

The fault's your own.
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard


ALONSO

                         So is the dear'st o'th' loss.


GONZALO

My lord Sebastian,

The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,

And time to speak it in. You rub the sore,
rub (v.) 2 irritate, annoy, aggravate
time (n.) 8 right moment, favourable opportunity

When you should bring the plaster.


SEBASTIAN

                         Very well.


ANTONIO

And most chirugeonly.
chirurgeonly (adv.) like a surgeon


GONZALO

(to Alonso)

It is foul weather in us all, good sir,

When you are cloudy.


SEBASTIAN

(aside to Antonio)

                         Foul weather?


ANTONIO

(aside to Sebastian)

                                                         Very foul.


GONZALO

Had I plantation of this isle, my lord –
plantation (n.) colonization, colonial settlement


ANTONIO

(aside to Sebastian)
dock (n.) variety of weedy herb See Topics: Plants
mallow (n.) variety of wild plant See Topics: Plants

He'd sow't with nettle-seed.


SEBASTIAN

(aside to Antonio)

                         Or docks, or mallows.


GONZALO

And were the king on't, what would I do?


SEBASTIAN

(aside to Antonio)
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

'Scape being drunk, for

want of wine.


GONZALO

I'th' commonwealth I would by contraries
commonweal, commonwealth (n.) state, nation, community, body politic
contrary (n.) 2 opposite condition, opposing state

Execute all things. For no kind of traffic
traffic (n.) 1 trade, commerce, business, merchandise

Would I admit, no name of magistrate.
admit (v.) 1 permit, allow, grant

Letters should not be known. Riches, poverty,
letter (n.) 3 (plural) sophisticated learning, great scholarship

And use of service, none. Contract, succession,
service (n.) 2 employment, situation as a servant
succession (n.) 3 inheritance, birthright

Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none.
bound (n.) 1 limit, boundary, confine, barrier
bourn (n.) 2 limit of property, land boundary
tilth (n.) 2 agriculture, tilled land

No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil.

No occupation: all men idle, all,
occupation (n.) 1 handicraft, trade, employment

And women too, but innocent and pure.

No sovereignty –


SEBASTIAN

(aside to Antonio)

                         Yet he would be king on't.


ANTONIO

(aside to Sebastian)

The latter end of his

commonwealth forgets the beginning.


GONZALO

All things in common nature should produce

Without sweat or endeavour. Treason, felony,

Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine
engine (n.) 2 weapon, instrument of warfare

Would I not have; but nature should bring forth

Of it own kind all foison, all abundance,
foison, foizon (n.) 1 [pron: 'foyzn] abundance, plenty, profusion
kind (n.) 1 nature, reality, character, disposition

To feed my innocent people.


SEBASTIAN

(aside to Antonio)

No marrying 'mong his

subjects?


ANTONIO

(aside to Sebastian)
idle (adj.) 6 frivolous, capricious, wanton

None, man, all idle – whores

and knaves.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


GONZALO

I would with such perfection govern, sir,

T' excel the Golden Age.


SEBASTIAN

                         ' Save his majesty!


ANTONIO

Long live Gonzalo!
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count


GONZALO

                         And – do you mark me, sir?


ALONSO

Prithee, no more. Thou dost talk nothing to me.
nothing (n.) 2 nonsense, emptiness, rubbish


GONZALO

I do well believe your highness, and did it to

minister occasion to these gentlemen, who are of such
minister (v.) 1 provide, supply, give
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity

sensible and nimble lungs that they always use to laugh
sensible (adj.) 1 sensitive, responsive, capable of feeling
use (v.) 1 be accustomed, make a habit [of]

at nothing.


ANTONIO

'Twas you we laughed at.


GONZALO

Who, in this kind of merry fooling, am nothing

to you; so you may continue, and laugh at nothing still.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]


ANTONIO

What a blow was there given!


SEBASTIAN

An it had not fall'n flat-long.
flat-long (adj.) with the flat side of a sword; ineffectively


GONZALO

You are gentlemen of brave mettle. You would
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

lift the moon out of her sphere, if she would continue in

it five weeks without changing.

Enter Ariel, playing solemn music
bat-fowling (n.) catching birds roosting at night, by hitting them with a club


SEBASTIAN

We would so, and then go a-bat-fowling.


ANTONIO

Nay, good my lord, be not angry.


GONZALO

No, I warrant you, I will not adventure my
adventure (v.) venture, dare, chance, risk
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

discretion so weakly. Will you laugh me asleep, for I
discretion (n.) 1 prudence, sound judgement, good sense

am very heavy?
heavy (adj.) 4 weary, exhausted, worn out


ANTONIO

Go sleep, and hear us.

All sleep except Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio


ALONSO

What, all so soon asleep? I wish mine eyes

Would, with themselves, shut up my thoughts. I find

They are inclined to do so.


SEBASTIAN

                         Please you, sir,

Do not omit the heavy offer of it.
heavy (adj.) 3 pressing, weighty, overpowering
offer (n.) offering, proposal, invitation, inducement
omit (v.) neglect, disregard, forget about

It seldom visits sorrow; when it doth,

It is a comforter.


ANTONIO

                         We two, my lord,

Will guard your person while you take your rest,

And watch your safety.


ALONSO

                         Thank you. Wondrous heavy.

Alonso sleeps. Exit Ariel


SEBASTIAN

What a strange drowsiness possesses them!


ANTONIO

It is the quality o'th' climate.


SEBASTIAN

                         Why

Doth it not then our eyelids sink? I find

Not myself disposed to sleep.


ANTONIO

Nor I. My spirits are nimble.

They fell together all, as by consent.
consent (n.) 1 agreement, accord, unanimity, compact

They dropped, as by a thunderstroke. What might,

Worthy Sebastian? – O, what might? – No more!

And yet methinks I see it in thy face,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

What thou shouldst be. Th' occasion speaks thee, and
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity
speak (v.) 2 address, talk to, call upon

My strong imagination sees a crown
strong (adj.) 2 powerful, vivid, intense

Dropping upon thy head.
waking (adj.) awake, wakeful


SEBASTIAN

                         What, art thou waking?


ANTONIO

Do you not hear me speak?


SEBASTIAN

                         I do, and surely

It is a sleepy language, and thou speak'st
sleepy (adj.) 2 dreamlike, soporific, incoherent

Out of thy sleep. What is it thou didst say?

This is a strange repose, to be asleep

With eyes wide open; standing, speaking, moving,

And yet so fast asleep.


ANTONIO

                         Noble Sebastian,

Thou let'st thy fortune sleep – die, rather; wink'st
wink (v.) 5 sleep, doze, nod off

Whiles thou art waking.


SEBASTIAN

                         Thou dost snore distinctly.

There's meaning in thy snores.


ANTONIO

I am more serious than my custom. You

Must be so too, if heed me; which to do

Trebles thee o'er.
standing (adj.) 1 stagnant, not flowing
treble over (v.) make three times greater, increase threefold


SEBASTIAN

                         Well, I am standing water.


ANTONIO

I'll teach you how to flow.
flow (v.) 2 [of water] rise to a great height


SEBASTIAN

                         Do so. To ebb

Hereditary sloth instructs me.


ANTONIO

                         O,

If you but knew how you the purpose cherish
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Whiles thus you mock it! How, in stripping it,

You more invest it! Ebbing men, indeed,
invest (v.) 1 clothe, dress, adorn

Most often do so near the bottom run

By their own fear, or sloth.


SEBASTIAN

                         Prithee, say on.

The setting of thine eye and cheek proclaim
setting (n.) 2 fixed look, settled expression

A matter from thee; and a birth, indeed,
matter (n.) 2 significance, import, meaning

Which throes thee much to yield.
throe (v.) agonize, torture, cost in pain [as in childbirth]
yield (v.) 8 communicate, deliver, represent
yield (v.) 5 bring forth, produce


ANTONIO

                         Thus, sir:

Although this lord of weak remembrance, this,
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

Who shall be of as little memory

When he is earthed, hath here almost persuaded –
earth (v.) put in the earth, bury, inter

For he's a spirit of persuasion, only

Professes to persuade – the King his son's alive,
profess (v.) 4 make profession of, do as an occupation

'Tis as impossible that he's undrowned

And he that sleeps here swims.


SEBASTIAN

                         I have no hope

That he's undrowned.


ANTONIO

                         O, out of that no hope

What great hope have you! No hope that way is

Another way so high a hope that even

Ambition cannot pierce a wink beyond,
pierce (v.) 2 see, reach, penetrate
wink (n.) 3 least bit, smallest amount

But doubt discovery there. Will you grant with me
discovery (n.) 4 exploration, travel
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]

That Ferdinand is drowned?


SEBASTIAN

                         He's gone.


ANTONIO

                                                         Then, tell me,

Who's the next heir of Naples?


SEBASTIAN

                         Claribel.


ANTONIO

She that is Queen of Tunis; she that dwells

Ten leagues beyond man's life; she that from Naples

Can have no note, unless the sun were post –
note (n.) 2 knowledge, information, intimation
post (n.) 1 express messenger, courier See Topics: Frequency count

The Man i'th' Moon's too slow – till new-born chins

Be rough and razorable; she that from whom
razorable (adj.) ready for shaving

We all were sea-swallowed, though some cast again,
cast (v.) 6 cast up, throw up, regurgitate

And, by that destiny, to perform an act

Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come,

In yours and my discharge.
discharge (n.) 1 performance, fulfilment, execution
stuff (n.) 3 rubbish, nonsense


SEBASTIAN

                         What stuff is this?

How say you?

'Tis true my brother's daughter's Queen of Tunis,

So is she heir of Naples, 'twixt which regions

There is some space.
cubit (n.) measure of length or distance [from the length of the forearm: about 20 inches / c.51 cm]


ANTONIO

                         A space whose ev'ry cubit

Seems to cry out, ‘ How shall that Claribel

Measure us back to Naples? Keep in Tunis,
keep (v.) 6 continue, carry on, remain
measure back (v.) retrace, travel back, cover the distance

And let Sebastian wake.’ Say this were death

That now hath seized them, why, they were no worse

Than now they are. There be that can rule Naples

As well as he that sleeps; lords that can prate
prate (v.) prattle, chatter, blather See Topics: Frequency count

As amply and unnecessarily

As this Gonzalo. I myself could make

A chough of as deep chat. O, that you bore
chat (n.) chatter, prattle, idle talk
chough (n.) 1 jackdaw
deep (adj.) 2 learned, profound, erudite

The mind that I do! What a sleep were this

For your advancement! Do you understand me?


SEBASTIAN

Methinks I do.
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count


ANTONIO

                         And how does your content

Tender your own good fortune?
tender (v.) 3 rate, esteem, regard


SEBASTIAN

                         I remember

You did supplant your brother Prospero.


ANTONIO

                         True.

And look how well my garments sit upon me,

Much feater than before. My brother's servants
feat (adj.) 2 becoming, neat, well fitting

Were then my fellows. Now they are my men.
fellow (n.) 1 companion, associate


SEBASTIAN

But, for your conscience?


ANTONIO

Ay, sir, where lies that? If 'twere a kibe,
kibe (n.) chilblain, inflamed heel

'Twould put me to my slipper; but I feel not
put (v.) 1 force, make, compel

This deity in my bosom. Twenty consciences

That stand 'twixt me and Milan, candied be they,
candied (adj.) 1 made of ice, crystallized, glistening

And melt ere they molest. Here lies your brother,
molest (v.) vex, annoy, bother

No better than the earth he lies upon,

If he were that which now he's like – that's dead –

Whom I with this obedient steel, three inches of it,

Can lay to bed for ever; whiles you, doing thus,

To the perpetual wink for aye might put
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity
wink (n.) 1 closing of the eyes, shutting, sleep

This ancient morsel, this Sir Prudence, who
morsel (n.) dish, mouthful, piece of flesh

Should not upbraid our course. For all the rest,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

They'll take suggestion as a cat laps milk.

They'll tell the clock to any business that
tell (v.) 3 tell the time on

We say befits the hour.


SEBASTIAN

                         Thy case, dear friend,

Shall be my precedent. As thou got'st Milan,

I'll come by Naples. Draw thy sword. One stroke

Shall free thee from the tribute which thou payest,

And I the King shall love thee.


ANTONIO

                         Draw together.

And when I rear my hand, do you the like,
like, the the same
rear (v.) 1 raise, lift up

To fall it on Gonzalo.


SEBASTIAN

                         O, but one word.

Enter Ariel with music and song


ARIEL

My master through his art foresees the danger

That you, his friend, are in, and sends me forth –

For else his project dies – to keep them living.

Sings in Gonzalo's ear

While you here do snoring lie,

Open-eyed conspiracy

His time doth take.
time (n.) 8 right moment, favourable opportunity

If of life you keep a care,

Shake off slumber, and beware.

Awake, awake!


ANTONIO

Then let us both be sudden.


GONZALO

(awakes)

                         Now, good angels

Preserve the King!

The others awake
drawn (adj.) 1 with sword drawn


ALONSO

Why, how now? – Ho, awake! – Why are you drawn?

Wherefore this ghastly looking?
ghastly (adj.) 1 full of fear, frightened


GONZALO

                         What's the matter?


SEBASTIAN

Whiles we stood here securing your repose,
secure (v.) 1 keep safe, protect, guard

Even now, we heard a hollow burst of bellowing

Like bulls, or rather lions. Did't not wake you?

It struck mine ear most terribly.


ALONSO

                         I heard nothing.


ANTONIO

O, 'twas a din to fright a monster's ear,
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

To make an earthquake! Sure it was the roar
sure (adv.) 2 surely, assuredly, certainly

Of a whole herd of lions.


ALONSO

                         Heard you this, Gonzalo?


GONZALO

Upon mine honour, sir, I heard a humming,

And that a strange one too, which did awake me.

I shaked you, sir, and cried. As mine eyes opened,

I saw their weapons drawn. There was a noise,

That's verily. 'Tis best we stand upon our guard,
verily (adj.) true, certain, right

Or that we quit this place. Let's draw our weapons.


ALONSO

Lead off this ground and let's make further search

For my poor son.


GONZALO

                         Heavens keep him from these beasts!

For he is sure i'th' island.


ALONSO

                         Lead away.


ARIEL

Prospero my lord shall know what I have done.

So, King, go safely on to seek thy son.

Exeunt

 
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