The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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45Thou art very Trinculo indeed! How camest thou to be the siege of this mooncalf? Can he vent Trinculos?
what do you know, you are Trinculo! How did you end up as this monster’s dung? Does he crap Trinculos?
TRINCULO
I took him to be killed with a thunderstroke. But art thou not drowned, Stephano? I hope now thou art not drowned. Is the storm overblown? I hid me under the dead mooncalf’s gaberdine for fear of the storm. And art thou living, Stephano? O Stephano, two Neapolitans ’scaped! (dances STEPHANO about)
TRINCULO
I thought he was dead, struck by lightning. But aren’t you drowned, Stephano? I hope you’re not drowned. Has the storm passed? I hid under this monster’s cloak to get out of the storm. Are you really alive, Stephano? Oh, Stephano, two men from Naples survived! (TRINCULO dances STEPHANO around.)
STEPHANO
Prithee, do not turn me about. My stomach is not constant.
STEPHANO
Please stop turning me around. My stomach’s a little upset.
CALIBAN
(aside) These be fine things, an if they be not sprites. That’s a brave god and bears celestial liquor. I will kneel to him.
CALIBAN
(to himself) These are beautiful creatures, if they’re not spirits. He’s a good god, who brings liquor from the heavens. I will worship him.
STEPHANO
(to TRINCULO) How didst thou ’scape? How camest thou hither? Swear by this bottle how thou camest hither. I escaped upon a butt of sack which the sailors heaved o'erboard, by this bottle, which I made of the bark of a tree with mine own hands since I was cast ashore.
STEPHANO
(to TRINCULO) How did you survive? How did you get here? Tell me the truth, swear on this bottle of wine. I made it out of tree bark after I washed ashore. I myself floated here on a barrel of wine that the sailors tossed overboard.
CALIBAN
50 (to STEPHANO) I’ll swear upon that bottle to be thy true subject, for the liquor is not earthly.
CALIBAN
(to STEPHANO) I’ll swear by that wine bottle to be your true subject. You must be a god, since your liquor is out of this world.
STEPHANO
(to TRINCULO) Here. Swear then how thou escapedst.
STEPHANO
(to TRINCULO) Here. Swear, and tell me how you survived.
TRINCULO
Swum ashore, man, like a duck. I can swim like a duck, I’ll be sworn.
TRINCULO
I swam ashore like a duck. I can swim like a duck, I swear.
STEPHANO
Here, kiss the book. Though thou canst swim like a duck, thou art made like a goose.
STEPHANO