The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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CALIBAN

65 (to STEPHANO) I’ll kiss thy foot. I’ll swear myself thy subject.

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO) I’ll kiss your feet. I’ll vow to be your faithful subject.

STEPHANO

Come on then. Down, and swear.

STEPHANO

Come on, then. Get down and swear it.

TRINCULO

I shall laugh myself to death at this puppy-headed monster.
A most scurvy monster. I could find in my heart to beat him—

TRINCULO

I’m going to laugh myself to death over this silly monster. A rotten, foolish monster. I could find it in my heart to beat him—

STEPHANO

(to CALIBAN) Come, kiss.

STEPHANO

Come on, kiss my feet.

TRINCULO

70But that the poor monster’s in drink. An abominable monster!

TRINCULO

Except the poor monster’s drunk. An awful monster!

CALIBAN

I’ll show thee the best springs. I’ll pluck thee berries.
I’ll fish for thee and get thee wood enough.
A plague upon the tyrant that I serve!
I’ll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee,
75Thou wondrous man.

CALIBAN

I’ll show you where to get fresh water. I’ll pick berries for you. I’ll fish for you and get you plenty of firewood. The tyrant I’m serving now can go to hell! I won’t get any more wood for him. I’m serving you now, you wonderful man.

TRINCULO

A most ridiculous monster, to make a wonder of a poor drunkard.

TRINCULO

What a silly monster, to think a poor drunk is wonderful.

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO) I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow.
And I with my long nails will dig thee pignuts,
Show thee a jay’s nest, and instruct thee how
80To snare the nimble marmoset. I’ll bring thee
To clustering filberts, and sometimes I’ll get thee
Young scamels from the rock. Wilt thou go with me?

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO) I beg you, let me show where you can find crabs to eat. I’ll use my long fingernails to dig edible roots for you, find you a bird’s nest, and teach you how to catch a nimble monkey. I’ll take you to clusters of hazelnuts, and sometimes I’ll catch birds for you on the rocks. Will you come with me?

STEPHANO

I prithee now, lead the way without any more talking.— Trinculo, the king and all our company else being drowned, we will inherit here.—Here, bear my bottle.—Fellow Trinculo, we’ll fill him by and by again.

STEPHANO

Show us the way without further delay.—Trinculo, since the king and all our comrades are drowned, we’re the heirs of this place.—Here, carry my wine bottle.—Trinculo, my buddy, we’ll get that bottle refilled soon enough.