The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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BOATSWAIN

The best news is that we have safely found
230Our king and company. The next, our ship—
Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split—
Is tight and yare and bravely rigged as when
We first put out to sea.

BOATSWAIN

The best news of all is that we’ve located our king and our men. The next bit of good news is that our ship—which we gave up for ruined only three hours ago—is as well-outfitted and seaworthy as it was when we first set sail.

ARIEL

(aside to PROSPERO) Sir, all this service
235Have I done since I went.

ARIEL

(speaking so that only PROSPERO can hear) Sir, I’ve done all this work for you since I left you last.

PROSPERO

(aside to ARIEL) My tricksy spirit!

PROSPERO

(speaking so that only ARIEL can hear) My clever spirit!

ALONSO

These are not natural events. They strengthen
From strange to stranger.—
(to BOATSWAIN) Say, how came you hither?

ALONSO

These are unnatural events. They get stranger all the time.—(to BOATSWAIN) Tell me, how did you get here?

BOATSWAIN

240If I did think, sir, I were well awake,
I’d strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep
And—how, we know not—all clapped under hatches,
Where but even now with strange and several noises
Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains,
245And more diversity of sounds, all horrible,
We were awaked, straightway at liberty,
Where we, in all her trim, freshly beheld
Our royal, good, and gallant ship, our Master
Capering to eye her. On a trice, so please you,
250Even in a dream were we divided from them
And were brought moping hither.

BOATSWAIN

If I were sure I was wide awake, I’d try to tell you. We were fast asleep and somehow—we don’t know how—we were stowed below deck, where we heard lots of roaring, shrieking, howling, and jingling chains. The sounds were so horrible that we woke up liberated, and saw our wonderful ship safe and sound. The master was dancing with joy to see it. In an instant we were separated from them, as if in a dream, and brought here in a daze.

ARIEL

(aside to PROSPERO)  Was ’t well done?

ARIEL

(speaking so that only PROSPERO can hear) Did I do it right?

PROSPERO

(aside to ARIEL) Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free.

PROSPERO

(speaking so that only ARIEL can hear) You did it perfectly, my little worker. You’ll get your freedom.