The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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STEPHANO

Mooncalf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good mooncalf.

STEPHANO

Monster sweetie, be a good monster and just speak once.

CALIBAN

How does thy honor? Let me lick thy shoe.
(indicates TRINCULO) I’ll not serve him. He’s not valiant.

CALIBAN

How is your Highness? Let me lick your shoe. (he points to TRINCULO) I’ll never serve that guy there. He’s not courageous like you.

TRINCULO

(to CALIBAN) Thou liest, most ignorant monster. I am in case to justle a constable. Why, thou deboshed fish, thou, was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I today? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish and half a monster?

TRINCULO

(to CALIBAN) You’re a liar, you ignorant monster. I’m courageous. I could shake up a police officer right now. You drunken fish, you, how could you call me a coward after all the booze I’ve drunk today? Do you tell such monstrous lies because you’re half fish and half monster?

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO)
30Lo, how he mocks me! Wilt thou let him, mylord?

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO) Look how he’s making fun of me! Will you let him talk to me like, my lord?

TRINCULO

“Lord,” quoth he? That a monster should be such a natural!

TRINCULO

“Lord,” he calls you? What an idiot that monster is!

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO)
Lo, lo, again! Bite him to death, I prithee.

CALIBAN

(to STEPHANO) There he goes again! Please, bite him to death, I’m begging you.

STEPHANO

Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head. If you prove a mutineer, the next tree. The poor monster’s my subject and he shall not suffer indignity.

STEPHANO

Trinculo, speak politely. If you mutiny against me, I’ll hang you from the next tree. This poor monster is my subject, and I will not allow him to be insulted.

CALIBAN

I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee?

CALIBAN

Thank you, my noble lord. Now would you please listen once again to the request I made to you earlier?

STEPHANO

Marry, will I. Kneel and repeat it. I will stand, and so shall
40Trinculo.

STEPHANO

Indeed, I will. Kneel and tell me again. I’ll stand, and so will Trinculo.
Enter ARIEL, invisible
ARIEL enters, invisible.