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Mir. And mine, with my heart in 't: and now farewell

Till half an hour hence. Fer.

A thousand thousand !

91 [Exeunt Fer. and Mir. severally. Pros. So glad of this as they I cannot be,

Who are surprised withal ; but my rejoicing
At nothing can be more. I'll to my book ;
For yet, ere supper-time, must I perform
Much business appertaining.

[Exit.

Scene II.

Another part of the Island.

Enter Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo.
Ste. Tell not me ;-when the butt is out, we will

drink water; not a drop before: therefore bear
up, and board 'em. Servant-monster, drink to

me.

Trin. 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. Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee: thy

eyes are almost set in thy head. Trin. Where should they be set else? he were a

brave monster indeed, if they were set in his

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tail.

Ste. My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in

sack: for my part, the sea cannot drown me;
I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five-and-
thirty leagues off and on. By this light, thou

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shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my stan

dard.
Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
Ste. We'll not run, Monsieur Monster.
Trin. Nor go neither ; but you 'll lie, like dogs, and

yet say nothing neither.
Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a

good moon-calf.
Cal. How does thy honour ? Let me lick thy shoe.

I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.
Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster: I am in

case to justle a constable. Why, thou deboshed
fish, thou, was there ever man a coward that 30
hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt
thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish

and half a monster ?
Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, my

lord ? Trin. Lord,' quoth he! That a monster should be

such a natural ! Cal. Lo, lo, again! bite him to death, I prithee. Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head : if

you prove a mutineer,—the next tree! The 40 poor monster 's my subject, and he shall not suffer

indignity. Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased

to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee? Ste. Marry, will I: kneel and repeat it ; I will stand,

and so shall Trinculo.

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Enter Ariel, invisible.
Cal. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant,

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a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me

of the island. Ari. Thou liest. Cal. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou :

I would my valiant master would destroy thee!

I do not lie.
Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in's tale,

by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Ste. Mum, then, and no more. Proceed.
Cal. 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 darest,

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But this thing dare not,-
Ste. That's most certain.
Cal. Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee.
Ste. How now shall this be compassed? Canst thou

bring me to the party?
Cal. Yea, yea, my lord : I'll yield him thee asleep,

Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.
Ari. Thou liest; thou canst not.
Cal. What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch !

I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows, 70
And take his bottle from him : when that's gone,
He shall drink nought but brine ; for I'll not show him

Where the quick freshes are.
Ste. 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 stock-fish of thee.
Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go

farther off.

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Ste. Didst thou not say he lied ?

80 Ari. Thou liest. Ste. Do I so ? take thou that.

[Beats him.] As you like this, give me the lie another time. Trin. I did not give the lie. Out o' your wits, and

hearing too? A pox of your bottle! this can
sack and drinking do. A murrain on your mon-

ster, and the devil take your fingers !
Cal. Ha, ha, ha!
Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Prithee, stand
farther off.

90 Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time,

I'll beat him too. Ste.

Stand farther.—Come, proceed.
Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him

['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,
Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember
First to possess his books; for without them
He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not
One spirit to command: they all do hate him 100
As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.
He has brave utensils,- for so he calls them,-
Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal.
And that most deeply to consider is
The beauty of his daughter; he himself
Calls her a nonpareil : I never saw a woman,
But only Sycorax my dam and she;
But she as far surpasseth Sycorax
As great'st does least.

Is it so brave a lass?

Ste.

Cal. Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant, IIO

And bring thee forth brave brood.
Ste. 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 the plot, Trinculo ?
Trin. Excellent.
Ste. Give me thy hand: I am sorry I beat thee; but,

while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy

head. Cal. Within this half hour will he be asleep :

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Wilt thou destroy him then?
Ste.

Ay, on mine honour.
Ari. This will I tell my master.
Cal. Thou makest me merry ; I am full of pleasure:

Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch

You taught me but while-ere? Ste. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason.—Come on, Trinculo, let us sing. [Sings.

Flout 'em and scout 'em,
And scout 'em and fout 'em ;
Thought is free.

130 Cal. That's not the tune.

[ Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe. Ste. What is this same ? Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by the

picture of Nobody. Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy like

ness : if thou beest a devil, take 't as thou list. Trin. O, forgive me my sins ! Ste. He that dies pays all debts : I defy thee. Mercy

upon us !

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