Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

A goodly person : he hath lost his fellows,
And strays about to find them.
Miran.

I might call him
A thing divine ; for nothing natural
I ever saw so noble.
Pros.

It goes on, I see, [Aside. As

my soul prompts it :- Spirit, fine spirit! I'll free thee Within two days for this. Ferd.

Most sure, the goddess
On whom these airs attend !— Vouchsafe, my prayer
May know, if you remain upon this island;
And that you will some good instruction give,
How I may bear me here: My prime request
Which I do last pronounce, is, O you wonder !
If you be maid or no ?
Miran.

No wonder, sir;
But, certainly a maid.
Ferd.

My language! heavens !
I am the best of them that speak this speech,
Were I but where 'tis spoken.
Pros.

How ! the best?
What wert thou, if the king of Naples heard thee?

Ferd. A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
To hear thee speak of Naples : He does hear me ;
And that he does, I weep: myself am Naples ;
Who with mine eyes, never since at ebb, beheld
The king my father wracked.
Miran.

Alack, for mercy!
Ferd. Yes, faith, and all his lords ; the duke of Milan,
And his brave son, being twain.
Pros.

The duke of Milan, And his more braver daughter, could control thee, If now 'twere fit to do't: -At the first sight [ Aside. They have changed eyes :

- Delicate Ariel, I'll set thee free for this !-A word, good sir; I fear you have done yourself some wrong: a word.

Miran. Why speaks my father so ungently? This Is the third man that e'er I saw : pity move my

father To be inclined my way! Ferd.

O, if a virgin, And

your affection not gone forth, I'll make you The queen of Naples.

1 Chief question.

a

[ocr errors]

No;

Pros.

Soft, sir; one word more.They are both in either's powers; but this swift business I must uneasy make, lest too light winning [Aside. Make the prize light. — One word more ; I charge thee, That thou attend me : thou dost here usurp The name thou ow'st not; and hast put thyself Upon this island, as a spy, to win it From me, the lord on't. Ferd.

No, as I am a man. Miran. There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple : If the ill spirit have so fair a house, Good things will strive to dwell with't. Pros.

Follow me.

[To FERD.
Speak not you for him; he's a traitor.— Come,
I'll manacle thy neck and feet together :
Sea-water shal nou drink, thy food shall be
The fresh-brook muscles, withered roots, and husks
Wherein the acorn cradled : Follow.

Ferd.
I will resist such entertainment, till
Mine enemy has more power.

[He draws, and is charmed from moving. Miran.

O dear father,
Make not too rash a trial of him, for
He's gentle, and not fearful.2
Pros.

What, I say,
My foot my tutor! Put thy sword up, traitor;
Who mak’st a show, but dar’st not strike, thy conscience
Is so possessed with guilt: come from thy ward ;
For I can here disarm thee with this stick,
And make thy weapon drop.
Miran.

Beseech you, father!
Pros. Hence; hang not on my garments.
Miran.

Sir, have pity;
I'll be his surety.
Pros.

Silence! one word more
Shall make me chide thee, if not hate thee. What!
An advocate for an impostor? hush!
Thou think'st there are no more such shapes as he,
Having seen but him and Caliban: Foolish wench!

1 Treatment.

2 Of good birth, and not timorous.

a

To the most of men this is a Caliban,
And they to him are angels.
Miran.

My affections
Are then most humble; I have no ambition
To see a goodlier man.
Pros.

Come on ; obey :

[To FERD.
Thy nerves are in their infancy again,
And have no vigour in them.
Ferd.

So they are:
My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.
My father's loss, the weakness which I feel,
The wrack of all my friends, or this man's threats,
To whom I am subdued, are but light to me,
Might I but through my prison once a day
Behold this maid : all corners else o' the earth
Let liberty make use of; space enough
Have I, in such a prison.
Pros. It works:

Come on.
Thou hast done well, fine Ariel!-- Follow me.-

[ To FERD. and MIRAN. Hark, what thou else shall do me.

[To ARIEL. Miran.

Be of comfort;
My father's of a better nature, sir,
Than he appears by speech; this is unwonted,
Which now came from him.
Pros.

Thou shalt be as free
As mountain winds : but then exaetly do
All points of my command.
Ari.

To the syllable.
Pros. Come, follow: speak not for him. [Exeunt.

:

EXAMINATION ON ACT I.

1. Of how many scenes does this act consist? 2. What characters are introduced in the first scene? 3. What does the first scene represent? 4. Describe the characters of Prospero and Miranda, as far as can be done

from a perusal of this act. 5. Which poetic power is more displayed in this drama; fancy, or imagi

nation? 6. Quote some striking passages from this act. 7. Define “ Dramatic Poetry.” 8. What peculiar power has Shakspere exhibited in the characters of

Caliban and Ariel ?

"

[ocr errors]

9. Explain the meaning of the terms “fraughting,” “teen,” “yarely,"

glut,” “ decked,” “ quality," "coil,” “ rift,” and “owe.” 10. What does the second scene in this act represent? 11. Describe what occurs in this scene. 12. In what part of the world is the scene laid ? 13. What part does Ariel play in this scene? 14. Describe the character of Caliban,

ACT II.

Prithee, peace.

SCENE I. - Another part of the Island.
Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN,

FRANCISCO, and others.
Gon. 'Beseech you, sir, be merry: you have cause
(So have we all) of joy; for our escape
Is much beyond our loss : our hint of woe
Is common; every day, some sailor's wife,
The masters of some merchant, and the merchant),
Have just our theme of woe: but for the miracle,
I mean our preservation, few in millions
Can speak like us: then wisely, good sir, weigh
Our sorrow with our comfort.

Alon.

Gon. Methinks, our garments are now as fresh as when we put them on first in Afric, at the marriage of the king's fair daughter Claribel to the king of Tunis.

Seb. 'Twas a sweet marriage, and we prosper well in our return.

Adr. Tunis was never graced before with such a paragon to their queen.

Gon. Sir, we were talking, that our garments seem now as fresh, as when we were at Tunis at the marriage of your daughter, who is now queen. Is not, sir, my doublet as fresh as the first day I wore it?

Alon. You cram these words into mine ears, against
The stomach of my sense : Would I had never
Married my daughter there! for, coming thence,
My son is lost; and, in my rate, she too,
Who is so far from Italy removed,
I ne'er again shall see her. O thou mine heir
1 Trading vessel, and the trader.

2 Opinion.

Prithee, peace.

Of Naples and of Milan, what strange fish
Hath made his meal on thee!
Fran.

Sir, he may live;
I saw him beat the surges under him,
And ride upon their backs ; he trod the water,
Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted
The surge most swollen that met him; his bold head
Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oared
Himself with his good arms in lusty stroke
To the shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bowed,
As stooping to relieve him ; I not doubt,
He came alive to land.
Alon.

No, no, he's gone.
Seb. Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss,
That would not bless our Europe with your daughter,
But rather lose her to an African ;
Where she, at least, is banished from your eye,
Who hath cause to wet the grief on't.

Alon.

Seb. You were kneeled to, and importuned otherwise
By all of us; and the fair soul herself
Weighed, between loathness and obedience, at
Which end of the beam she'd bow. We have lost your son,
I fear, for ever : Milan and Naples have
More widows in them of this business' making,
Than we bring men to comfort them : the fault's
Your own.

Alon. So is the dearest of the loss.1
Gon.

My lord Sebastian,
The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,
And time to speak it in.
It is foul weather in us all, good sir,
When you are cloudy.
Seb.

Foul weather ?
Ant.

Very foul.
Gon. Had I plantation of this isle, my lord, –
Ant. He'd sow't with nettle-seed.
Seb.

Or docks, or mallows.
Gon. And were the king of it, What would I do?
Seb. 'Scape being drunk for want of wine.
Gon. In the commonwealth I would by contraries

1 The best part, or the most precious of what is lost,

« PreviousContinue »