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The Tempest

ACT III

SCENE 3.

Directed by: Steve Karl
[Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Adrian, Francisco]

GONZALO

[To ALONSO]

1    By'r lakin, I can go no further, sir;

      My old bones ache: here's a maze trod indeed

3    Through forth-rights and meanders! By your patience,

      I needs must rest me.

ALONSO

      Old lord, I cannot blame thee,

5    Who am myself attach'd with weariness,

6    To the dulling of my spirits: sit down, and rest.

7    Even here I will put off my hope and keep it

8    No longer for my flatterer: he is drown'd

      Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks

10   Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.

ANTONIO

[Aside to SEBASTIAN]

      I am right glad that he's so out of hope.

12   Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose

      That you resolved to effect.

SEBASTIAN

      [Aside to ANTONIO]

      The next advantage Will we take throughly.

ANTONIO

      [Aside to SEBASTIAN]

      Let it be to-night;

15  For, now they are oppress'd with travail, they

      Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance

      As when they are fresh.

SEBASTIAN

      [Aside to ANTONIO]

      I say, to-night: no more.

      Solemn and strange music

ALONSO

      What harmony is this? My good friends, hark!

GONZALO

      Marvellous sweet music!

[Enter PROSPERO above, invisible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation; and, inviting the King and company to eat, they depart]

ALONSO

20  Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?

SEBASTIAN

21  A living drollery. Now I will believe

      That there are unicorns, that in Arabia

      There is one tree, the phoenix' throne, one phoenix

      At this hour reigning there.

ANTONIO

      I'll believe both;

25  And what does else want credit, come to me,

26  And I'll be sworn 'tis true: travellers ne'er did lie,

      Though fools at home condemn 'em.

GONZALO

      If in Naples

      I should report this now, would they believe me?

      If I should say, I saw such islanders--

30  For, certes, these are people of the island--

      Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,

32  Their manners are more gentle-kind than of

      Our human generation you shall find

      Many, nay, almost any.

PROSPERO

      [Aside] Honest lord,

      Thou hast said well; for some of you there present

      Are worse than devils.