The Tempest

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A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard

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Enter a Shipmaster and a Boatswain



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Here, Master. What cheer?



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Good. Speak to th' mariners. Fall to't, yarely, or
good (n.) 2 good fellow
yarely (adv.) quickly, briskly, lively

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we run ourselves aground. Bestir, bestir!
bestir (v.) arouse, rouse, make active

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Enter Mariners
cheerly (adv.) 2 [cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will
heart (n.) 6 (plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions



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Heigh, my hearts! Cheerly, cheerly, my

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hearts! Yare, yare! Take in the topsail! Tend to
tend (v.) 4 attend, listen, pay attention
yare (adv.) quick, without delay, right now

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th' Master's whistle! – Blow till thou burst thy wind, if

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room enough.

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Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo,

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and others



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Good Boatswain, have care. Where's the Master?

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Play the men.



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I pray now, keep below.



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Where is the Master, Boatswain?



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Do you not hear him? You mar our labour.
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage

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Keep your cabins! You do assist the storm.
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside



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Nay, good, be patient.
good (n.) 2 good fellow



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When the sea is. Hence! What cares these

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roarers for the name of king? To cabin! Silence!
roarer (n.) roaring wave, thundering breaker

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Trouble us not.



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Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard.



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None that I more love than myself. You are

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a councillor. If you can command these elements to
element (n.) 1 (plural) substances from which all material things are made [believed to be earth, water, air, fire]

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silence, and work the peace of the present, we will not
work (v.), past form wrought 1 bring about, arrange, effect

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hand a rope more. Use your authority. If you cannot,
hand (v.) lay hands on, handle, have to do with

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give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself

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ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it
mischance (n.) misfortune, calamity, mishap

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so hap. – Cheerly, good hearts! – Out of our way, I
cheerly (adv.) 2 [cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will
hap (v.) happen, take place, come to pass
heart (n.) 6 (plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions

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I have great comfort from this fellow. Methinks

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he hath no drowning-mark upon him: his complexion
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring
drowning-mark (n.) indication of death by drowning

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is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his
fate (n.) destiny, fortune
gallows (n.) someone who deserves to be hanged
perfect (adj.) 1 complete, pure, sheer, utter

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hanging. Make the rope of his destiny our cable, for
rope (n.) [cry of derision, imitating a parrot's cry] hangman's rope, halter

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our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be
advantage (v.) 1 benefit, help, aid

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hanged, our case is miserable.

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Exeunt Gonzalo and the other nobles

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Enter Boatswain
topmast (n.) section of mast fitted to the top of the lower mast
yare (adv.) quick, without delay, right now



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Down with the topmast! Yare! Lower,

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lower! Bring her to try with main-course.
course (n.) 5 sail attached to the lower yards of a sailing ship
main-course (n.) principal sail of a ship, mainsail
try (v.) 8 [nautical] adjust sails so that the ship's bow is into the wind, lie to

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A cry within

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A plague upon this howling! They are louder than the

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weather, or our office.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility

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Enter Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo

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Yet again? What do you here? Shall we give o'er and

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drown? Have you a mind to sink?



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A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous,

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incharitable dog!
incharitable (adj.) uncharitable



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Work you, then.



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Hang, cur, hang, you whoreson, insolent noise-maker!

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We are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.



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I'll warrant him for drowning, though the ship
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 3 act as a pledge for, give an assurance about

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were no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an
wench (n.) girl, lass

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unstanched wench.
unstanched (adj.) 2 not made staunch [water-tight]; loose, promiscuous



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Lay her a-hold, a-hold! Set her two courses!
a-hold (adv.) [nautical] close to the wind [to hold steady]
course (n.) 5 sail attached to the lower yards of a sailing ship
lay (v.) 13 [nautical] steer away from the shore

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Off to sea again! Lay her off!
lay (v.) 13 [nautical] steer away from the shore

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Enter Mariners wet



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All lost! To prayers, to prayers! All lost!

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What, must our mouths be cold?



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The King and Prince at prayers, let's assist them,
assist (v.) accompany, attend, escort

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For our case is as theirs.



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                         I'm out of patience.



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We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards.
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely

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This wide-chopped rascal – would thou mightst lie drowning
wide-chopped (adj.) wide-jawed, big-mouthed

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The washing of ten tides!



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                         He'll be hanged yet,

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Though every drop of water swear against it,

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And gape at wid'st to glut him.
glut (v.) swallow up, devour, engulf
split (v.) break up, split in two

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A confused noise within: ‘ Mercy on us!’ – ‘ We

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split, we split!’ – ‘ Farewell, my wife and children!’

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– ‘ Farewell, brother!’ – ‘ We split, we split, we

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Exit Boatswain



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Let's all sink wi'th' King.



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Let's take leave of him.

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Exit, with Antonio



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Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea

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for an acre of barren ground. Long heath, brown furze,
furze (n.) spiny shrub, gorse
heath (n.) heather

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anything. The wills above be done, but I would fain die
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly

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a dry death.

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