« ZurückWeiter »
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. Şervant-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-and-thirty 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 debauched 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 prythee.
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 to the suit I made to thee?
Ste. Marry will I ; kneel and repeat it: I will stand, and so shall Trineulo.
(CALIBAN kneels.í Enter ARIEL, invisible. Cal. As I told thee before, I am subjeet to a tyrant; a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of thé island.
Ari. Thou liest.
Cal. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou; I would, my valiant master would destroy thee: I do not lie.
Ste. Trineulo, if you trouble him any more in his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth. Trin. Why, I said nothing.
(ceed. Ste. Mum then, and no more.—[TO CALIBAN.) Pro
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 him thee asleep, Where thou may'st 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, 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 farther danger : interrupt the monster one word farther, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.
1 Not in f. e. * Dressed in mottey,—this expression and patch” were epithets often applied to fools. Trinculo, as "a jester," would be thus attired,
Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go farther off.
Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied ?
Ste. Do I so ? take thou that. [Strikes 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 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 farther off.
Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time, I'll beat him too.
Ste. Stand farther. Come, proceed.
Cal. Why, as I told thee, 't is a custom with him I' the afternoon to sleep: then 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 never saw a woman, But only Sycorax my dam, and she; But she as far surpasseth Sycorax, As great'st 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;
Wilt thou destroy him then ?
Ay, on mine honour. Ari. This will I tell my master.
Cal. Thou mak’st 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
flout 'em; Thought is free. Cal. That's not the tune.
(Ariel plays a tune on a Tabor and Pipe. Ste. What is this same ?
Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture of No-body.
Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness : 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 !
Cal. Art thou afeard ?
Cal. Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes? voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again : and then, in dreaming, The clouds, methought, would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that when I wak'd I cry'd to dream again.
Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing.
Cal. When Prospero is destroyed.
Trin. The sound is going away : let's follow it, and after do our work.
Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would, I could see this taborer : he lays it on.
Trin. Wilt come ? I'll follow, Stephano. (Exeunt.
I sometime : in f. e.
SCENE III.—Another part of the Island.
ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and Others.
Old lord, I cannot blame thee, Who am myself attach'd with weariness, To the 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 drown'd, Whom thus we stray to find ; and the sea mocks Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go. Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope.
Aside to SEBASTIAN.
The next advantage
Let it be to-night;
I say, to-night: no more. [Solemn and strange music; and PROSPERO above, invis
ible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a
I'll believe both;
1 By our lady-kin.