The Tempest

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo


Tell not me! When the butt is out we will
butt (n.) 2 large cask, barrel
out (adv.) 6 at an end, finished

drink water; not a drop before. Therefore, bear up and
bear up (v.) 1 stay upright, not fall down

board 'em. Servant monster, drink to me.
board (v.) 2 [nautical] get on board


Servant monster? The folly of this island!

They say there's but five upon this isle. We are three of

them. If th' other two be brained like us, the state totters.
brained (adj.) furnished with a brain, addle-brained


Drink, servant monster, when I bid thee.

Thy eyes are almost set in thy head.
set (adj.) 5 fixed, rigid, closed


Where should they be set else? He were a

brave monster indeed if they were set in his tail.
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count


My man-monster hath drowned his tongue

in sack. For my part, the sea cannot drown me. I swam,
sack (n.) [type of] white wine

ere I could recover the shore, five and thirty leagues off
recover (v.) 3 reach, get to, make

and on. By this light, thou shalt be my lieutenant,

monster, or my standard.
standard (n.) 2 ensign, flagbearer, standard-bearer


Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
list (v.) 1 wish, like, please


We'll not run, Monsieur Monster.
run (v.) 4 run away [from battle]


Nor go neither; but you'll lie like dogs, and

yet say nothing neither.


Mooncalf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest
mooncalf (n.) monstrosity, misshapen creature, monster

a good mooncalf.


How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe.

I'll not serve him: he is not valiant.


Thou liest, most ignorant monster! I am in

case to justle a constable. Why, thou deboshed fish,
case (n.) 3 fit state, state of readiness
deboshed, deboyst (adj.) debauched, corrupted, depraved
justle (v.) jostle, hustle, elbow

thou, was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so

much sack as I today? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie,

being but half a fish and half a monster?


Lo, how he mocks me! Wilt thou let him, my



‘ Lord,’ quoth he! That a monster should be
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

such a natural!
natural (n.) congenital idiot, half-wit, fool


Lo, lo, again! Bite him to death, I prithee.


Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head.

If you prove a mutineer – the next tree! The poor

monster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.


I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased to

hearken once again to the suit I made to thee?
hearken (v.) 1 listen [to], pay attention [to]
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


Marry, will I. Kneel, and repeat it. I will

stand, and so shall Trinculo.

Enter Ariel, invisible


As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant,

a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of the



Thou liest.


(to Trinculo)

Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou.

I would my valiant master would destroy thee!

I do not lie.


Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in's

tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
supplant (v.) get rid of, root out


Why, I said nothing.


Mum, then, and no more. Proceed!
mum (int.) be quiet, shush See Topics: Attention signals


I say, by sorcery he got this isle;

From me he got it. If thy greatness will

Revenge it on him – for I know thou dar'st,

But this thing dare not –


That's most certain.


Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee.


How now shall this be compassed? Canst
compass (v.) 1 accomplish, fulfil, achieve, bring about

thou bring me to the party?
party (n.) 5 person, fellow


Yea, yea, my lord, I'll yield him thee asleep,
yield (v.) 6 hand over, give up, deliver

Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.


Thou liest, thou canst not.


What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch!
ninny (n.) simpleton, fool
patch (n.) fool, clown; rogue, knave
pied (adj.) of different colours, multi-coloured
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

I do beseech thy greatness give him blows,

And take his bottle from him. When that's gone,

He shall drink naught but brine, for I'll not show him
brine (n.) 2 sea water, sea

Where the quick freshes are.
fresh (n.) freshwater stream, fresh spring
quick (adj.) 8 running, flowing, gushing


Trinculo, run into no further danger. Interrupt

the monster one word further and, by this hand,

I'll turn my mercy out o' doors, and make a stockfish of
stockfish (n.) dried cod



Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go

farther off.


Didst thou not say he lied?


Thou liest.


Do I so? Take thou that!

He strikes Trinculo

As you like this, give me the lie another time.


I did not give the lie. Out o' your wits, and

hearing too? A pox o' your bottle! This can sack and

drinking do. A murrain on your monster, and the devil
murrain (n.) plague, pestilence See Topics: Swearing

take your fingers!


Ha, ha, ha!


Now forward with your tale. – Prithee, stand

further off.


Beat him enough. After a little time,

I'll beat him too.


Stand farther. – Come, proceed.


Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him

I'th' afternoon to sleep. There thou mayst brain him,

Having first seized his books; or with a log

Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
paunch (v.) stab in the paunch, wound in the stomach

Or cut his weasand with thy knife. Remember
weasand, wezand (n.) throat, windpipe, gullet

First to possess his books, for without them

He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not
sot (n.) blockhead, idiot, dolt

One spirit to command. They all do hate him

As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.
rootedly (adv.) deep-seatedly, in an entrenched way

He has brave utensils, for so he calls them,
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count
utensil (n.) 2 household goods, domestic furnishing; or: implement [for magic]

Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal.
deck (v.) cover, adorn, decorate

And that most deeply to consider is

The beauty of his daughter. He himself

Calls her a nonpareil. I never saw a woman
nonpareil (n.) person without equal, unique one, paragon

But only Sycorax my dam and she;
dam (n.) mother See Topics: Family

But she as far surpasseth Sycorax

As great'st does least.
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent


                         Is it so brave a lass?


Ay, lord. She will become thy bed, I warrant,
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

And bring thee forth brave brood.
brood (n.) children, offspring


Monster, I will kill this man. His daughter

and I will be King and Queen – save our graces! – and

Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys. Dost thou like
viceroy (n.) substitute ruler, deputy monarch

the plot, Trinculo?
plot (n.) 1 plan, scheme, stratagem




Give me thy hand. I am sorry I beat thee;

but, while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.


Within this half hour will he be asleep.

Wilt thou destroy him then?


                         Ay, on mine honour.


This will I tell my master.


Thou mak'st me merry. I am full of pleasure.

Let us be jocund! Will you troll the catch
catch (n.) musical round
jocund (adj.) merry, joyful, cheerful
troll (v.) sing out, sing merrily

You taught me but while-ere?
while-ere (adv.) a while before, a short time ago


At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any
reason (n.) 7 reasonable treatment, justified course of action

reason. Come on, Trinculo, let us sing.

flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock
scout (v.) 1 mock, deride, ridicule

Flout 'em and scout 'em,

And scout 'em and flout 'em!

Thought is free.


That's not the tune.

Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe
tabor (n.) type of small drum, especially used in revelling


What is this same?


This is the tune of our catch, played by the
catch (n.) musical round

picture of Nobody.


If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness.

If thou beest a devil, take't as thou list.
list (v.) 1 wish, like, please


O, forgive me my sins!


He that dies pays all debts. I defy thee.

Mercy upon us!


Art thou afeard?
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count


No, monster, not I.


Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count
noise (n.) 3 musical sounds, melodious noises

Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
twangling (adj.) twanging, resounding, jingling

Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices

That, if I then had waked after long sleep,

Will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming,

The clouds methought would open, and show riches
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked

I cried to dream again.


This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count

I shall have my music for nothing.


When Prospero is destroyed.


That shall be by and by. I remember the
by and by (adv.) 1 immediately, straightaway, directly



The sound is going away. Let's follow it, and

after do our work.


Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would I could

see this taborer! He lays it on.
lay on / upon (v.) 1 set to, set about, undertake vigorously
taborer (n.) player of a tabor


Wilt come? – I'll follow, Stephano.


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