Act 3 Scene 2

Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO

CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO enter.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Don't tell me that. When the barrel's empty, we'll drink water. Not one drop sooner. Therefore, drink up.—Servant-monster, drink a toast to me.

T ell not me. Wh en the but t is out , we will dri nk wat er. Not

a dro p bef ore

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

“Servant monster”? What a crazy island this is. They say there are only five people on it. We're three of them. If the other two are as loopy as we are, our country's in bad shape.

“ Ser van tmo nst er” ? Th e foll y of this isla nd. Th ey say

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t her e's but five

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Drink when I order you, servant-monster. Your eyes look like they've sunk into your head.

D rin k, ser van tmo nst er, wh en I bid the e. Th y eye s are

al mo st

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

Where else should his eyes be, if not in his head? He'd be quite a monster if his eyes were in his tail.

Wh ere sho uld the y be set els e? He wer ea bra ve mo nst er

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i nde ed, if the

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

My man—monster is so drunk he can't talk. As for me, no liquid can harm me, neither booze nor the whole sea itself. Before I could get to shore, I swam thirty-five leagues in it and still survived.—Monster, you'll be my lieutenant, or my flagbearer.

My ma nmo nst er hat h dro wn ed his ton gue in sac k. For my

p art, the sea

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

Lieutenant is better. He's not standing straight enough to hold a flag.

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Yo ur lieu ten ant , if you list. He' s no sta nd ard .

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

We're not going to run in our army, Monsieur Monster.

We 'll not run , Mo nsi eur Mo nst er.

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

Or walk either. You'll just lie there like sleeping dogs and say nothing.

No r go nei the r. But you 'll lie like dog s, an d yet say not hin g

n eit her

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Monster sweetie, be a good monster and just speak once.

Mo onc alf, spe ak onc e in thy life, if tho u bee st a goo d

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mo onc alf.

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

How is your Highness? Let me lick your shoe. (he points to TRINCULO) I'll never serve that guy there. He's not courageous like you.

Ho w doe s thy ho nor ? Let me lick thy sho e.

( ind ica tes TR IN CU LO )

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

(to CALIBAN) You're a liar, you ignorant monster. I'm courageous. I could shake up a police officer right now. You drunken fish, you, how could you call me a coward after all the booze I've drunk today? Do you tell such monstrous lies because you're half fish and half monster?

(to CA LIB AN )

Th ou lies t, mo st ign ora nt mo nst er. I am in cas e to just

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

(to STEPHANO) Look how he's making fun of me! Will you let him talk to me like, my lord?

(to ST EP HA NO )

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Lo, ho w he mo cks me ! Wil t tho u let hi m, myl ord

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

“Lord,” he calls you? What an idiot that monster is!

“ Lor d,” qu oth he? Th at a mo nst er sho uld be suc ha nat ura l!

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

(to STEPHANO) There he goes again! Please, bite him to death, I'm begging you.

(to ST EP HA NO )

Lo, lo, aga in! Bit e hi m to dea th, I prit hee .

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Trinculo, speak politely. If you mutiny against me, I'll hang you from the next tree. This poor monster is my subject, and I will not allow him to be insulted.

T rin cul o, kee pa goo d ton gue in you r hea d. If you pro ve a

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mu tin eer,

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

Thank you, my noble lord. Now would you please listen once again to the request I made to you earlier?

I tha nk my no ble lor d. Wil t tho u be ple ase d to hea rke n onc e

a

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Indeed, I will. Kneel and tell me again. I'll stand, and so will Trinculo.

Ma rry, will I. Kn eel an d rep eat it. I will sta nd, an d so sha ll

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T rin cul o.

Enter ARIEL, invisible

ARIEL enters, invisible.

CALIBAN

CALIBAN

(kneeling) As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a

(kneeling) As I told you before, I'm enslaved to a tyrant, a magician who tricked me with magic spells and took my island from me.

sorcerer that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island.

ARIEL AR IE L

You lie.

Th ou lies t.

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

(to TRINCULO) You're the liar, you big fat monkey. I wish my courageous master would kill you. I'm not lying.

(to TR IN CU LO )

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Th ou lies t, tho u jest ing mo nke y, tho u! I wo uld my vali

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Trinculo, if you interrupt him any more, I swear I'll knock some teeth out of your head.

T rin cul o, if you tro ubl e hi m any mo re in 's tale , by this

ha nd, I will

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

I didn't say anything.

Wh y, I sai d not hin g.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Okay, just stay quiet. Go on.

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Mu m, the n, an d no mo re. Pro cee d.

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

I was telling you he used witchcraft to take this island. He stole it from me. If your highness is willing, take revenge on him for that—because I know you're brave enough, I don't dare to—

I say , by sor cer y he got this isle .

F ro m me he got it. If thy gre atn ess

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

That's for sure.

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Th at's mo st cer tai n.

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

You'll be lord of the island then, and I'll be your servant.

Th ou sha lt be lor d of it an d I'll ser ve the e.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

And how would we go about doing that? Can you bring me to him?

Ho w no w sha ll this be co mp ass ed?

Ca nst tho u bri ng me to th' par ty?

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

Yes, yes, my lord. I'll take you to where he sleeps, and you can pound a nail into his head.

Y ea, yea , my lor d. I'll yiel d hi m the e asl eep ,

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Wh ere tho u ma yst

ARIEL AR IE L

You lie. You can't do that.

Th ou lies t. Th ou can st not .

CALIBAN

CALIBAN

What a pied ninny's this!— Thou scurvy patch!—

What an idiot this guy is!—You're a rotten piece of work!—I beg your highness, beat him up and take his wine bottle from him. When he loses that, he'll be drinking salt water, since I'll never tell him where the freshwater springs are.

I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows

And take his bottle from him. When that's gone,

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He shall drink naught

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Trinculo, watch out. If you interrupt this monster with one more word, I'll beat you like a piece of salted fish.

T rin cul o, run int o no furt her da nge r. Int err upt the mo nst er

one wo rd

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

What did I do? I didn't do anything. I need to get away from you.

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Wh y, wh at did I? I did not hin g. I'll go fart her off.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Didn't you call him a liar?

D idst tho u not say he lied ?

ARIEL AR IE L

You lie.

Th ou lies t.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

(to TRINCULO) Oh, I did? Take that, then. (he beats TRINCULO) If you want more beatings like that, just accuse me of lying again.

(to TR IN CU LO ) Do I so? Tak e tho u tha t.

( be ats TR IN CU LO )

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

I didn't accuse you of lying. Are you out of your mind and deaf too? Damn your wine! This is what happens when you drink too much. Your monster can go to hell, and you can too!

I did not giv e the lie. Out o' you r wit s an d hea rin g too ?A

pox o' you

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

Ha, ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha!

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Now go ahead and tell me the rest of your story.—Please go stand farther away.

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No w, for war d wit h you r tale .— Prit hee , sta nd fart her off.

CA LI BA N

CALIBAN

Beat him up. After a little while, I'll beat him too.

B eat hi m eno ug h. Aft er a littl e tim e,

I'll bea t hi m too .

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Stand farther away.— Come on, continue your story.

S tan d fart her .— Co me, pro cee d.

CALIBAN

CALIBAN

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

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I' th' afternoon to sleep. There thou mayst brain him,

Just as I told you, he usually sleeps in the afternoon. At that time you can smash in his skull after seizing his books; or you can bash his skull with a log; or you can stab him in the belly; or cut his windpipe. Just remember to grab his books first, since without them he's just a poor fool like me, and can't command a single spirit. All the spirits hate him as much as I do. Be sure to burn his magic books. He has some wonderful home furnishings—that's what he calls them—that he'll use to decorate his house when he gets one. The most important thing for you to think about is how beautiful his daughter is. He says she has no equal. I never saw a woman except her and Sycorax, my mother. But Miranda is so much more beautiful, you can't even compare the two.

Having first seized his books; or with a log

Batter his skull; or paunch him with a stake;

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Is she really that wonderful?

I s it so bra ve a lass ?

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

Yes, my lord. She'll look good in your bed, and she'll produce some fine children too.

Ay, lor d. She will bec om e thy bed ,I war ran t.

An d bri ng the e fort h bra

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Monster, I'll kill this man. His daughter and I will be king and queen—God protect us!—and you and Trinculo will be our governors.—Do you like that idea, Trinculo?

Mo nst er, I will kill this ma n. His dau ght er an dI will be

k ing an d que en

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

Excellent.

E xce llen t.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Give me your hand. I'm sorry I hit you. But try to control your speech.

G ive me thy ha nd. I am sor ry I bea t the e. But whi le tho u

live st, kee pa

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

In a half an hour he'll be asleep. Will you kill him then?

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W ithi n this hal f ho ur will he be asl eep . Wil t tho u des tro y

hi m

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Yes, I swear.

Ay, on mi ne ho nor .

ARIEL AR IE L

(to himself) I'll tell my master this.

( asi de) Thi s will I tell my ma ste r.

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

You make me so happy. I'm full of joy. Let's be light-hearted. Will you sing the tune you taught me just a little while ago?

Th ou ma kes t me me rry. I am full of ple asu re.

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Let us be joc un d. Wil l

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

I'll do anything you ask, monster, anything reasonable.—Come on, Trinculo, let's sing. (he sings)

Dismiss 'em and ziss 'em At thy req ues t, mo nst er, I will do rea son , any rea son .—

And diss 'em and dismiss 'em.

Thought is free.

Co me on, Tri ncu

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

That's not the tune I had in mind.

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Th at's not the tun e.

ARIEL plays the tune on a tabor and pipe

ARIEL plays the tune on a drum and a pipe.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

What's this song?

Wh at is this sa me ?

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

That's the melody, played by Nobody.

T his is the tun e of our cat ch, pla yed by the pict ure of No bo dy.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

(to the invisible musician) If you're a man, then let us see what you look like. If you're a devil, then go to hell.

If tho u bee st a ma n, sho w thy self in thy like nes s. If tho u

b ees ta dev il,

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

Oh, forgive all my sins!

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O, for giv e me my sin s!

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Dead men have to pay their debts.—I challenge you!—God help us.

He tha t die s pay s all deb ts. —I def y the e! — Me rcy up on us!

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

Are you scared?

Art tho u afe ard ?

STEPHANO

STEPHANO

No, monster, not me. No, monster, not I.

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

Be not afe ard . Th e isle is full of noi ses,

Don't be scared. This island is full of noises, strange sounds and sweet melodies that make you feel good and don't hurt anyone. Sometimes I hear a thousand twanging instruments hum at my ears, and sometimes voices that send me back to sleep even if I had just woken up—and then I dreamed of clouds opening up and dropping such riches on me that when I woke up, I cried because I wanted to dream again.

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So un ds, an d swe et airs tha t

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

This'll be a wonderful kingdom to live in, where they play music for free.

T his will pro ve a bra ve kin gdo m to me, wh ere I sha ll hav e

my mu sic

CALIBAN CA LI BA N

As soon as you kill Prospero.

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Wh en Pro spe ro is des tro yed .

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

That'll happen soon enough. I remember the plan.

Th at sha ll be by an d by. I re me mb er the sto ry.

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

The sound is going away. But let's follow it, and then do our dirty work afterward.

Th e sou nd is goi ng aw ay. Let' s foll ow it, an d afte r do our

wo rk.

STEPHANO ST EP HA NO

Lead us, monster; we'll follow. I wish I could see this invisible drummer. He really plays well.

L ead , mo nst er; we' ll foll ow. I wo uld I cou ld see this

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t abo rer. He lay

TRINCULO TR IN CU LO

I'm right behind you, Stephano. Are you coming monster?

W ilt co me ? I'll foll ow, Ste pha no.

Exeunt

They all exit.

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