The Tempest

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

Francisco, and others


By 'r lakin, I can go no further, sir.

My old bones aches. Here's a maze trod indeed,

Through forthrights and meanders! By your patience,
forthright (n.) straight path, direct course
meander (n.) crooked path, winding way

I needs must rest me.


Old lord, I cannot blame thee,

Who am myself attached with weariness
attach (v.) 2 seize, take hold of, grip

To th' dulling of my spirits. Sit down and rest.

Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it

No longer for my flatterer. He is drowned

Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks

Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.
frustrate (adj.) unsuccessful, thwarted, fruitless


(aside to Sebastian)

I am right glad that he's so out of hope.

Do not, for one repulse, forgo the purpose
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

That you resolved t' effect.


(aside to Antonio)
advantage (n.) 1 right moment, favourable opportunity

                         The next advantage

Will we take throughly.


(aside to Sebastian)
throughly (adv.) thoroughly, fully, completely

                         Let it be tonight;

For, now they are oppressed with travel, they
travail, travel (n.) 2 journeying, travel [often overlapping with sense 1]

Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance

As when they are fresh.


(aside to Antonio)

                         I say tonight. No more.

Solemn and strange music; and Prospero on the top,

invisible. Enter several strange shapes, bringing in a

banquet; and dance about it with gentle actions of salutations;

and, inviting the King, etc., to eat, they depart


What harmony is this? My good friends, hark!
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual


Marvellous sweet music!
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly See Topics: Frequency count


Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?
keeper (n.) 3 protecting spirit, guardian angel


A living drollery. Now I will believe
drollery (n.) 2 puppet-show, comic entertainment

That there are unicorns; that in Arabia

There is one tree, the phoenix' throne, one phoenix

At this hour reigning there.


                         I'll believe both;

And what does else want credit, come to me
credit (n.) 1 credibility, believing, belief
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

And I'll be sworn 'tis true. Travellers ne'er did lie,

Though fools at home condemn 'em.


                         If in Naples

I should report this now, would they believe me?

If I should say I saw such islanders? –

For certes, these are people of the island –
certes (adv.) certainly, assuredly, without doubt

Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet note,

Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

Our human generation you shall find
generation (n.) 1 family, progeny

Many, nay, almost any.



                         Honest lord,

Thou hast said well, for some of you there present

Are worse than devils.
muse (v.) 2 wonder at, marvel at


                         I cannot too much muse

Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing,

Although they want the use of tongue, a kind
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

Of excellent dumb discourse.



                         Praise in departing.


They vanished strangely.
strangely (adv.) 3 unaccountably, surprisingly, unusually


                         No matter, since

They have left their viands behind, for we have stomachs.
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]
viand (n.) (usually plural) food, victuals, foodstuff

Will't please you taste of what is here?


                         Not I.


Faith, sir, you need not fear. When we were boys,

Who would believe that there were mountaineers
mountaineer (n.) [often contemptuous] mountain-dweller, native of the mountains

Dewlapped like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em
dewlapped (adj.) with folds of loose skin around the throat

Wallets of flesh? Or that there were such men
wallet (n.) 1 protruding lump, bulging growth

Whose heads stood in their breasts? Which now we find

Each putter-out of five for one will bring us
putter-out (n.) investor, lender, speculator
warrant (n.) 1 assurance, pledge, guarantee

Good warrant of.
stand to (v.) 3 come forward, set to work


                         I will stand to and feed,

Although my last – no matter, since I feel

The best is past. Brother, my lord the Duke,

Stand to, and do as we.

Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel, like a harpy,

claps his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint

device, the banquet vanishes


You are three men of sin, whom destiny –
destiny (n.) 2 preordained outcome, divine foretelling
device (n.) 6 mechanism, contrivance, apparatus
harpy (n.) mythical rapacious bird, half woman, half vulture [symbolizing divine retribution]
quaint (adj.) 1 ingenious, clever, skilful

That hath to instrument this lower world
instrument (n.) 1 agent, means, method

And what is in't – the never-surfeited sea
never-surfeited (adj.) never filled to excess

Hath caused to belch up you, and on this island

Where man doth not inhabit, you 'mongst men

Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;

And even with suchlike valour men hang and drown

Their proper selves.

Alonso, Sebastian, and the others draw their swords
proper (adj.) 2 very, own

                         You fools! I and my fellows

Are ministers of Fate. The elements,
element (n.) 4 substance, raw material, physical matter
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant

Of whom your swords are tempered, may as well
temper (v.) 4 harden, toughen

Wound the loud winds, or with bemocked-at stabs
bemocked-at (adj.) mocked, scorned, derided

Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
still-closing (adj.) always coming together [after being divided]

One dowle that's in my plume. My fellow ministers
dowle, dowl (n.) small feather, tiny part of a feather

Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
like (adv.) 3 equally, similarly, also

Your swords are now too massy for your strengths,
massy (adj.) massive, heavy, colossal

And will not be uplifted. But remember –

For that's my business to you – that you three
business (n.) 2 mission, errand, purpose

From Milan did supplant good Prospero,

Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it,

Him and his innocent child; for which foul deed

The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities

Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures
incense (v.) incite, urge, set on

Against your peace. Thee of thy son, Alonso,

They have bereft; and do pronounce by me

Lingering perdition – worse than any death
perdition (n.) 1 ruin, destruction, devastation

Can be at once – shall step by step attend
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with

You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from,

Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
else (adv.) 1 otherwise See Topics: Discourse markers

Upon your heads, is nothing but heart's sorrow,

And a clear life ensuing.
clear (adj.) 1 pure, spotless, faultless

He vanishes in thunder. Then, to soft music, enter the

shapes again, and dance with mocks and mows, carrying

out the table


Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
figure (n.) 5 portrayal, rendering, presentation
harpy (n.) mythical rapacious bird, half woman, half vulture [symbolizing divine retribution]
mock (n.) 1 act of mockery, mocking remark, derisive action, scornful irony
mow (n.) derisive grimace, pout, mocking expression

Performed, my Ariel: a grace it had, devouring.

Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated
bate (v.) 4 omit, lose, leave out

In what thou hadst to say. So, with good life
life (n.) 4 energy, spirit, liveliness

And observation strange, my meaner ministers
mean (adj.) 1 of low rank, inferior in position, less important
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant
observation (n.) 2 observance, careful attention, heed
strange (adj.) 3 special, particular, very great

Their several kinds have done. My high charms work,
high (adj.) 6 sophisticated, elevated, superior
kind (n.) 3 role, part
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

And these, mine enemies, are all knit up
knit, knit up (v.) 2 entangle, tie up, catch up

In their distractions. They now are in my power;
distraction (n.) 2 madness, derangement, insanity

And in these fits I leave them while I visit

Young Ferdinand, whom they suppose is drowned,

And his and mine loved darling.



I'th' name of something holy, sir, why stand you

In this strange stare?
stare (n.) state of amazement, horror-struck condition


O, it is monstrous, monstrous!

Methought the billows spoke, and told me of it;
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder,

That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounced

The name of Prosper: it did bass my trespass.
bass, base (v.) utter with bass voice, proclaim resonantly

Therefore my son i'th' ooze is bedded, and

I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded,
plummet (n.) weighted line used for measuring the depth of water

And with him there lie mudded.

mud (v.) 1 bury in mud


                         But one fiend at a time,

I'll fight their legions o'er.


                         I'll be thy second.

Exeunt Antonio and Sebastian
second (n.) 1 supporter, helper, champion


All three of them are desperate. Their great guilt,

Like poison given to work a great time after,

Now 'gins to bite the spirits. I do beseech you,
bite (v.) 1 erode, wear down, eat away at
gin, 'gin (v.) begin [to]

That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly,

And hinder them from what this ecstasy
ecstasy (n.) 1 fit, bout of madness, frenzied behaviour

May now provoke them to.


                         Follow, I pray you.


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