The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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CALIBAN

(kneeling) As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island.

CALIBAN

(kneeling) As I told you before, I’m enslaved to a tyrant, a magician who tricked me with magic spells and took my island from me.

ARIEL

Thou liest.

ARIEL

You lie.

CALIBAN

(to TRINCULO) Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou! I would my valiant master would destroy thee. I do not lie.

CALIBAN

(to TRINCULO) You’re the liar, you big fat monkey. I wish my courageous master would kill you. I’m not lying.

STEPHANO

Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in ’s tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.

STEPHANO

Trinculo, if you interrupt him any more, I swear I’ll knock some teeth out of your head.

TRINCULO

Why, I said nothing.

TRINCULO

I didn’t say anything.

STEPHANO

50Mum, then, and no more. Proceed.

STEPHANO

Okay, just stay quiet. Go on.

CALIBAN

I say, by sorcery he got this isle.
From me he got it. If thy greatness will
Revenge it on him—for I know thou darest,
But this thing dare not—

CALIBAN

I was telling you he used witchcraft to take this island. He stole it from me. If your highness is willing, take revenge on him for that—because I know you’re brave enough, I don’t dare to—

STEPHANO

55That’s most certain.

STEPHANO

That’s for sure.

CALIBAN

Thou shalt be lord of it and I’ll serve thee.

CALIBAN

You’ll be lord of the island then, and I’ll be your servant.

STEPHANO

How now shall this be compassed?
Canst thou bring me to th' party?

STEPHANO

And how would we go about doing that? Can you bring me to him?

CALIBAN

Yea, yea, my lord. I’ll yield him thee asleep,
60Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.

CALIBAN

Yes, yes, my lord. I’ll take you to where he sleeps, and you can pound a nail into his head.

ARIEL

Thou liest. Thou canst not.

ARIEL

You lie. You can’t do that.