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Any companion in the world but you ;
I am, in my condition,
Do you love me?..
I am a fool,
" Wherefore weep you? Mira. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer What I desire to give; and much less take, What I shall die to want : But this is trifling ; And all the more it seeks to hide itself, The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning! And prompt me, plain and holy innocence ! I am your wife, if you will marry me; If not, I'll die your maid : to be your fellow You may deny me; but I'll be your servant Whether you will or no.
My mistress, dearest,
My husband, then?
farewell. Till half an hour hence. Fer.
A thousand! thousand ! .
[Exeunt Fer. and Mir. Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be, Who are surpris’d with all; 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 Stephano and Trinculo; Caliban following
with a bottle. 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 the 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 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-andthirty leagues, off and on, by this light. Thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.
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 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 pr’ythee.
Ste. 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.
Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleas'd To hearken once again the suit I made thee?
Ste. Marry will I : kneel, and repeat it ; I will stand, and so shall Trinculo.
Enter Ariel, invisible.
Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Ste. Mum then, and no more.- [To Caliban.] Proceed.
Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle ;
Ste. That's most certain.
Ste. How now shall this be compassed ? Canst thou bring me to the party?
Cal. Yea, yea, my lord ; I'll yield bin thee asleep, Where thou may'st knock a nail into his head.
Ari. Thou liest, thou canst not.
patch ! -
him Where the quick freshest are.
Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger; interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock
fish ofn mynster one'n into na
Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing ; I'll go further off.
Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied ?
Ste. Do I so? take thou that. [strikes him.] As you like tlis, give me the lie another time.
Trin. 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 take your fingers ! .
Cal. Ha, ha, ha!
Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Pr’ythee stand further off.
* Alluding to Trinculo's party-coloured dress. t Springs.
Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time, I'll beat him too.
Stand further.-Come, proceed. Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him I'the afternoon to sleep: there thou may'st brain
him, Having first seiz'd 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, 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 ne'er saw woman,
But only Sycorax my dam, and she ; | But she as far surpasseth Sycorax, | As greatest does least. • Ste.
Is it so brave a lass ? Cal. Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant, 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 ?
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 :
Ay, on mine honour.