The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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ALONSO

This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod,
255And there is in this business more than nature
Was ever conduct of. Some oracle
Must rectify our knowledge.

ALONSO

This is a stranger business than men have ever set foot in before, and it’s not natural either. We need some oracle to tell us what’s going on.

PROSPERO

     Sir, my liege,
Do not infest your mind with beating on
The strangeness of this business. At picked leisure
260Which shall be shortly, single I’ll resolve you—
Which to you shall seem probable—of every
These happened accidents. Till when, be cheerful
And think of each thing well.
(aside to ARIEL)  Come hither, spirit.
265Set Caliban and his companions free.
Untie the spell.

PROSPERO

Sir, my king, don’t waste your time mulling over how strange this business is. When the time is right, and it’ll be soon, I promise I alone will explain everything that’s happened. Until then, be cheerful and keep an open mind. (speaking so that only ARIEL can hear) Come here, spirit; set Caliban and his fellow slaves free. Break the spell that enslaves them to me.
Exit ARIEL
ARIEL exits.
   How fares my gracious sir?
There are yet missing of your company
Some few odd lads that you remember not.
How is my lord? There are a few men still missing from the ship, a few odd guys you’ve forgotten about.
Enter ARIEL, driving in CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO in their stolen apparel
ARIEL enters, driving in CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO in their stolen clothes.

STEPHANO

Every man shift for all the rest and let no man take care for himself, for all is but fortune. Coraggio, bully-monster, coraggio!

STEPHANO

Look out for the other guy, and don’t put yourself first, since everything happens randomly. Courage! Courage, you fine old monster.

TRINCULO

If these be true spies which I wear in my head, here’s a goodly sight.

TRINCULO

If I can believe my eyes, this is a fine sight to see.

CALIBAN

O Setebos, these be brave spirits indeed!
275How fine my master is! I am afraid
He will chastise me.

CALIBAN

Oh Setebos, these are handsome spirits! How wonderful my master is! I’m afraid he’ll punish me.