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The Tempest

The Tempest Translation Act 3, Scene 2

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CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO enter.

STEPHANO

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.

STEPHANO

Don’t tell me that. When the wine barrel is empty, we’ll drink water. But we won't drink even a drop of water before then. Therefore, raise the bottle and drink. 

[To CALIBAN] Servant-monster, drink a toast to me.

TRINCULO

“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.

TRINCULO

“Servant-monster?” What foolishness is found on this island! They say there are just five people on the island. We’re three of them. If the other two are as crazy as us, our country is going to collapse.

STEPHANO

Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee. Thy eyes are almost set in thy head.

STEPHANO

Drink when I tell you to, servant-monster. Your eyes look sunk into your head.

TRINCULO

Where should they be set else? He were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.

TRINCULO

Where else should his eyes be sunk? He’d be quite a remarkable monster if his eyes were sunk in his tail.

STEPHANO

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.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

Your lieutenant, if you list. He’s no standard.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

We’ll not run, Monsieur Monster.

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TRINCULO

Nor go neither. But you’ll lie like dogs, and yet say nothing neither.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

Mooncalf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good mooncalf.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

How does thy honor? Let me lick thy shoe. [indicates TRINCULO] I’ll not serve him. He’s not valiant.

CALIBAN

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TRINCULO

[to CALIBAN] Thou liest, most ignorant monster. I am incase to justle a constable. Why, thou deboshed fish, thou, was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I today? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish and half a monster?

TRINCULO

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CALIBAN

[to STEPHANO] Lo, how he mocks me! Wilt thou let him, my lord?

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TRINCULO

“Lord,” quoth he? That a monster should be such a natural!

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CALIBAN

[to STEPHANO] Lo, lo, again! Bite him to death, I prithee.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head. If you provea mutineer, the next tree. The poor monster’s my subject and he shall not suffer indignity.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee?

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Marry, will I. Kneel and repeat it. I will stand, and so shallTrinculo.

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ARIEL enters, invisible.

CALIBAN

[kneeling] As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island.

CALIBAN

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ARIEL

Thou liest.

ARIEL

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CALIBAN

[to TRINCULO] Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou! I would my valiant master would destroy thee. I do not lie.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in ’s tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

Why, I said nothing.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

Mum, then, and no more. Proceed.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

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, But this thing dare not—

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

That’s most certain.

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CALIBAN

Thou shalt be lord of it and I’ll serve thee.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

How now shall this be compassed?Canst thou bring me to th' party?

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CALIBAN

Yea, yea, my lord. I’ll yield him thee asleep,Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.

CALIBAN

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ARIEL

Thou liest. Thou canst not.

ARIEL

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CALIBAN

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 naught but brine, for I’ll not show him Where the quick freshes are.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

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 stockfish of thee.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

Why, what did I? I did nothing. I’ll go farther off.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

Didst thou not say he lied?

STEPHANO

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ARIEL

Thou liest.

ARIEL

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STEPHANO

[to TRINCULO] Do I so? Take thou that. [beatsTRINCULO] As you like this, give me the lie another time.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

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!

TRINCULO

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CALIBAN

Ha, ha, ha!

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Now, forward with your tale.—Prithee, stand farther off.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

Beat him enough. After a little time,I’ll beat him too.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Stand farther.—Come, proceed.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

Why, as I told thee, ’tis a custom with him, I' 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 weasand 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.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Is it so brave a lass?

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

Ay, lord. She will become thy bed, I warrant.And bring thee forth brave brood.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

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?

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

Excellent.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

Give me thy hand. I am sorry I beat thee. But while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

Within this half hour will he be asleep. Wilt thou destroy him then?

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

Ay, on mine honor.

STEPHANO

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ARIEL

[aside] This will I tell my master.

ARIEL

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CALIBAN

Thou makest me merry. I am full of pleasure. Let us be jocund. Will you troll the catch You taught me but whilere?

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

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.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

That’s not the tune.

CALIBAN

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ARIEL plays the tune on a small drum and a flute.

STEPHANO

What is this same?

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TRINCULO

This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture ofNobody.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness. If thou beest a devil, take ’t as thou list.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

O, forgive me my sins!

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

He that dies pays all debts.—I defy thee!—Mercy upon us!

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

Art thou afeard?

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STEPHANO

No, monster, not I.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices That, if I then had waked 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 waked I cried to dream again.

CALIBAN

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STEPHANO

This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing.

STEPHANO

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CALIBAN

When Prospero is destroyed.

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STEPHANO

That shall be by and by. I remember the story.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

The sound is going away. Let’s follow it, and after do our work.

TRINCULO

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STEPHANO

Lead, monster; we’ll follow. I would I could see this taborer. He lays it on.

STEPHANO

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TRINCULO

Wilt come? I’ll follow, Stephano.

TRINCULO

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They all exit.

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