The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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GONZALO

Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground: long heath, brown furze, anything. The wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death.

GONZALO

Right now I’d give a thousand

furlongs

1 furlong = 220 yards

furlongs
of sea for one little acre of dry ground: barren weed patch, anything at all. What’s destined to happen will happen, but I’d give anything to be dry when I die.
Exeunt
They exit.