The Tempest

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Caliban with a burden of wood. A noise of

thunder heard


All the infections that the sun sucks up
infection (n.) 1 contamination, rottenness, bad influence

From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make him
fen (n.) marshland, swamp
flat (n.) 1 low-lying land, plain, swampy ground

By inch-meal a disease! His spirits hear me,
inch-meal, by (adv.) inch by inch, little by little

And yet I needs must curse. But they'll nor pinch,

Fright me with urchin-shows, pitch me i'th' mire,
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count
urchin-show (n.) goblin apparition, spirit vision

Nor lead me, like a firebrand, in the dark
firebrand (n.) 2 will-o'-the-wisp, moving light

Out of my way, unless he bid 'em. But

For every trifle are they set upon me;

Sometime like apes, that mow and chatter at me,
mow (v.) grimace, pout, make mouths

And after bite me; then like hedgehogs, which

Lie tumbling in my barefoot way, and mount

Their pricks at my footfall. Sometime am I
prick (n.) 3 spine

All wound with adders, who with cloven tongues

Do hiss me into madness.

Enter Trinculo

                         Lo, now, lo!

Here comes a spirit of his, and to torment me

For bringing wood in slowly. I'll fall flat.

Perchance he will not mind me.
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count


Here's neither bush nor shrub, to bear off
bear off (v.) ward off, keep away, repel

any weather at all, and another storm brewing. I hear it

sing i'th' wind. Yond same black cloud, yond huge one,

looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor. If
bombard, bumbard (n.) large leather wine-jug
liquor (n.) 2 liquid

it should thunder as it did before, I know not where to

hide my head. Yond same cloud cannot choose but fall

by pailfuls. What have we here? A man or a fish? Dead

or alive? A fish! He smells like a fish; a very ancient and

fishlike smell; a kind of not-of-the-newest poor-John.
poor-John (n.) salted hake, dried fish

A strange fish! Were I in England now, as once I was,

and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but
painted (adj.) 4 depicted, represented [as on a sign]

would give a piece of silver. There would this monster

make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man.
make (v.) 5 bring success [to], prosper

When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar,
doit (n.) [small Dutch coin = half an English farthing] trivial sum, worthless amount, trifle See Topics: Money

they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Legged like a

man! And his fins like arms! Warm, o' my troth! I do

now let loose my opinion, hold it no longer. This is no

fish, but an islander that hath lately suffered by a
lately (adv.) 1 recently, of late
suffer (v.) 6 perish, be destroyed, collapse



Alas, the storm is come again. My best way is to creep

under his gaberdine. There is no other shelter hereabout.
gaberdine (n.) cloak, cape, loose upper garment See Topics: Clothing

Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows. I

will here shroud till the dregs of the storm be past.
shroud (v.) hide, conceal, shelter

Enter Stephano, singing, a bottle in his hand


I shall no more to sea, to sea,

Here shall I die ashore.

This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man's funeral.
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

Well, here's my comfort.

He drinks and then sings
swabber (n.) deckhand, sailor who washes the deck

The master, the swabber, the boatswain, and I,

The gunner and his mate,

Loved Mall, Meg, and Marian, and Margery,

But none of us cared for Kate.

For she had a tongue with a tang,
tang (n.) sting, sharp edge

Would cry to a sailor, ‘ Go hang!’

She loved not the savour of tar nor of pitch,
savour (n.) 2 smell, stench, stink

Yet a tailor might scratch her where'er she did itch.

Then to sea, boys, and let her go hang!

This is a scurvy tune too. But here's my comfort.

He drinks


Do not torment me! Oh!


What's the matter? Have we devils here? Do

you put tricks upon's with savages and men of Ind, ha?
salvage (n.) variant form of ‘savage’

I have not 'scaped drowning to be afeard now of your
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

four legs. For it hath been said, ‘ As proper a man as

ever went on four legs cannot make him give ground;’

and it shall be said so again, while Stephano breathes at



The spirit torments me! O!


This is some monster of the isle with four

legs, who hath got, as I take it, an ague. Where the devil
ague (n.) fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]

should he learn our language? I will give him some

relief, if it be but for that. If I can recover him, and keep

him tame, and get to Naples with him, he's a present

for any emperor that ever trod on neat's leather.
neat (n.) ox, cow, cattle


Do not torment me, prithee. I'll bring my wood

home faster.


He's in his fit now, and does not talk after the

wisest. He shall taste of my bottle. If he have never

drunk wine afore, it will go near to remove his fit. If I

can recover him, and keep him tame, I will not take too

much for him. He shall pay for him that hath him, and

that soundly.
soundly (adv.) 1 severely, strongly, dearly, in full


Thou dost me yet but little hurt. Thou wilt

anon. I know it by thy trembling. Now Prosper works
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

upon thee.


Come on your ways. Open your mouth. Here

is that which will give language to you, cat. Open your

mouth. This will shake your shaking, I can tell you, and

that soundly. (He gives Caliban wine) You cannot tell

who's your friend. Open your chaps again.


I should know that voice. It should be – but

he is drowned, and these are devils. O, defend me!


Four legs and two voices – a most delicate
delicate (adj.) 3 pleasant, delightful, congenial

monster. His forward voice now is to speak well of his

friend. His backward voice is to utter foul speeches and

to detract. If all the wine in my bottle will recover him,
recover (v.) 1 revive, restore to health

I will help his ague. Come! (Caliban drinks) Amen! I

will pour some in thy other mouth.




Doth thy other mouth call me? Mercy,

mercy! This is a devil, and no monster. I will leave him;

I have no long spoon.


Stephano! If thou beest Stephano, touch me

and speak to me; for I am Trinculo – be not afeard –
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count

thy good friend Trinculo.


If thou beest Trinculo, come forth. I'll pull

thee by the lesser legs. If any be Trinculo's legs, these

are they. Thou art very Trinculo indeed! How cam'st
very (adj.) 2 true, real, genuine

thou to be the siege of this mooncalf? Can he vent
mooncalf (n.) monstrosity, misshapen creature, monster
siege (n.) 4 excrement, ordure, dung
vent (v.) 3 discharge, excrete, defecate



I took him to be killed with a thunderstroke.

But art thou not drowned, Stephano? I hope now thou

art not drowned. Is the storm overblown? I hid me
overblow (v.) 1 blow over, pass away, abate

under the dead mooncalf's gaberdine for fear of the
gaberdine (n.) cloak, cape, loose upper garment See Topics: Clothing

storm. And art thou living, Stephano? O Stephano, two

Neapolitans 'scaped?
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count


Prithee, do not turn me about. My stomach is

not constant.
constant (adj.) 4 settled, stable, steady


sprite, spright (n.) 1 spirit, ghost, supernatural being

These be fine things, an if they be not sprites.

That's a brave god, and bears celestial liquor.
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

I will kneel to him.


How didst thou 'scape? How cam'st thou
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

hither? Swear by this bottle how thou cam'st hither. I

escaped upon a butt of sack, which the sailors heaved
butt (n.) 2 large cask, barrel
sack (n.) [type of] white wine

o'erboard, by this bottle, which I made of the bark of a

tree, with mine own hands, since I was cast ashore.


I'll swear upon that bottle to be thy true subject,

for the liquor is not earthly.


Here! Swear, then, how thou escaped'st.


Swum ashore, man, like a duck. I can swim

like a duck, I'll be sworn.


Here, kiss the book. (He gives him wine)

Though thou canst swim like a duck, thou art made like

a goose.


O Stephano, hast any more of this?


The whole butt, man. My cellar is in a rock
butt (n.) 2 large cask, barrel

by th' seaside, where my wine is hid. How now, mooncalf?
mooncalf (n.) monstrosity, misshapen creature, monster

How does thine ague?
ague (n.) fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]


Hast thou not dropped from heaven?


Out o'th' moon, I do assure thee. I was the

Man i'th' Moon when time was.
time was, when once upon a time


I have seen thee in her, and I do adore thee. My

mistress showed me thee, and thy dog, and thy bush.


Come, swear to that. Kiss the book. I will

furnish it anon with new contents. Swear! (Caliban
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess



By this good light, this is a very shallow
shallow (adj.) naive, gullible, lacking in depth of character

monster! I afeard of him? A very weak monster! The
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count

Man i'th' Moon? A most poor credulous monster! –

Well drawn, monster, in good sooth!
draw (v.) 16 drink deep, drain


I'll show thee every fertile inch o'th' island, and

I will kiss thy foot. I prithee, be my god.


By this light, a most perfidious and drunken
perfidious (adj.) treacherous, unfaithful, disloyal

monster! When's god's asleep, he'll rob his bottle.


I'll kiss thy foot. I'll swear myself thy subject.


Come on then. Down, and swear!


I shall laugh myself to death at this puppy-headed

monster. A most scurvy monster! I could find in
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

my heart to beat him –


Come, kiss.


But that the poor monster's in drink. An

abominable monster!


I'll show thee the best springs. I'll pluck thee berries.

I'll fish for thee, and get thee wood enough.

A plague upon the tyrant that I serve!

I'll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee,

Thou wondrous man.


A most ridiculous monster, to make a wonder

of a poor drunkard!


I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow;
crab (n.) crab-apple, sour apple

And I with my long nails will dig thee pignuts,
pignut (n.) variety of edible nutty root, earth chestnut

Show thee a jay's nest, and instruct thee how

To snare the nimble marmoset. I'll bring thee
marmoset (n.) type of small monkey

To clust'ring filberts, and sometimes I'll get thee
filbert (n.) hazel-nut

Young scamels from the rock. Wilt thou go with me?
scamel (n.) [uncertain meaning] type of bird or fish


I prithee now, lead the way without any more

talking. – Trinculo, the King and all our company else

being drowned, we will inherit here. Here, bear my

bottle. Fellow Trinculo, we'll fill him by and by again.

(Caliban sings drunkenly


Farewell, master! Farewell, farewell!


A howling monster! A drunken monster!


No more dams I'll make for fish,

Nor fetch in firing
firing (n.) firewood, fuel

At requiring,
requiring (n.) demanding, requesting as a right

Nor scrape trenchering, nor wash dish.
trenchering (n.) plates, platters, serving dishes

Ban, Ban, Cacaliban

Has a new master – get a new man!

Freedom, high-day! High-day, freedom! Freedom,
high-day (n.) day of celebration, festival day, holiday

high-day, freedom!


O brave monster! Lead the way.
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count


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