The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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Thou art inclined to sleep. 'Tis a good dullness,
And give it way. I know thou canst not choose.
You look sleepy. It’s a nice hazy feeling, so give in to it. I know you have no choice.
MIRANDA sleeps
MIRANDA falls asleep.
Come away, servant, come. I am ready now.
Approach, my Ariel, come.
Come on, servant, come. I’m ready now. Come here, Ariel.
Enter ARIEL
ARIEL enters.

ARIEL

190All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! I come
To answer thy best pleasure, be ’t to fly,
To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride
On the curled clouds. To thy strong bidding, task
Ariel and all his quality.

ARIEL

Humble greetings, great master! Worthy sir, greetings! Your wish is my command, whatever you want. If you want me to fly, to swim, to jump into fire, to ride the clouds in the sky, Ariel will get right to the task.

PROSPERO

    Hast thou, spirit,
195Performed to point the tempest that I bade thee?

PROSPERO

Spirit, did you carry out the storm just as I ordered?

ARIEL

To every article.
I boarded the king’s ship. Now on the beak,
Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin,
I flamed amazement. Sometime I’d divide,
200And burn in many places. On the topmast,
The yards, and bowsprit would I flame distinctly,
Then meet and join. Jove’s lightning, the precursors
O' th' dreadful thunderclaps, more momentary
And sight-outrunning were not. The fire and cracks
205Of sulfurous roaring the most mighty Neptune
Seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble,
Yea, his dread trident shake.

ARIEL

Down to the last detail. I boarded the king’s ship, and in every corner of it, from the deck to the cabins, I made everyone astonished and terrified. Sometimes I appeared in many places at once. On the top sail and main mast I flamed in different spots, then I came together into a single flame. I flashed about faster than lightning. The fire and deafening cracks seemed to overwhelm even the god of the sea himself, making him tremble underwater.

PROSPERO

     My brave spirit!
Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil
Would not infect his reason?

PROSPERO

Good spirit! Who could ever be so steady and strong that a disturbance like that wouldn’t make him crazy?