The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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CALIBAN

Why, as I told thee, ’tis a custom with him,
85I' th' afternoon to sleep. There thou mayst brain him,
Having first seized his books; or with a log
Batter his skull; or paunch him with a stake;
Or cut his weasand with thy knife. Remember
First to possess his books, for without them
90He’s but a sot, as I am, nor hath not
One spirit to command. They all do hate him
As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.
He has brave utensils—for so he calls them—
Which when he has a house, he’ll deck withal.
95And that most deeply to consider is
The beauty of his daughter. He himself
Calls her a nonpareil. I never saw a woman,
But only Sycorax my dam and she.
But she as far surpasseth Sycorax
100As great’st does least.

CALIBAN

Just as I told you, he usually sleeps in the afternoon. At that time you can smash in his skull after seizing his books; or you can bash his skull with a log; or you can stab him in the belly; or cut his windpipe. Just remember to grab his books first, since without them he’s just a poor fool like me, and can’t command a single spirit. All the spirits hate him as much as I do. Be sure to burn his magic books. He has some wonderful home furnishings—that’s what he calls them—that he’ll use to decorate his house when he gets one. The most important thing for you to think about is how beautiful his daughter is. He says she has no equal. I never saw a woman except her and Sycorax, my mother. But Miranda is so much more beautiful, you can’t even compare the two.

STEPHANO

    Is it so brave a lass?

STEPHANO

Is she really that wonderful?

CALIBAN

Ay, lord. She will become thy bed, I warrant.
And bring thee forth brave brood.

CALIBAN

Yes, my lord. She’ll look good in your bed, and she’ll produce some fine children too.

STEPHANO

Monster, I will kill this man. His daughter and I will be king and queen—save our graces!—and Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys.—Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo?

STEPHANO

Monster, I’ll kill this man. His daughter and I will be king and queen—God protect us!—and you and Trinculo will be our governors.—Do you like that idea, Trinculo?

TRINCULO

Excellent.

TRINCULO

Excellent.

STEPHANO

Give me thy hand. I am sorry I beat thee. But while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.

STEPHANO

Give me your hand. I’m sorry I hit you. But try to control your speech.

CALIBAN

110Within this half hour will he be asleep. Wilt thou destroy him then?

CALIBAN

In a half an hour he’ll be asleep. Will you kill him then?