The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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MIRANDA

     'Tis far off,
45And rather like a dream than an assurance
That my remembrance warrants. Had I not
Four or five women once that tended me?

MIRANDA

My memory is hazy, more like a dream than a recollection. Didn’t I use to have four or five women taking care of me?

PROSPERO

Thou hadst, and more, Miranda. But how is it
That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou else
50In the dark backward and abysm of time?
If thou rememberest aught ere thou camest here,
How thou camest here thou mayst.

PROSPERO

Indeed you did, and more besides, Miranda. But how is it possible that you still remember this, through all the darkness of the past? If you remember your life before you came here, you may also remember how you got here.

MIRANDA

      But that I do not.

MIRANDA

No, that I don’t remember.

PROSPERO

Twelve year since, Miranda, twelve year since,
Thy father was the Duke of Milan and
55A prince of power.

PROSPERO

Twelve years ago, Miranda, twelve years ago your father was the Duke of Milan, a powerful prince.

MIRANDA

    Sir, are not you my father?

MIRANDA

Aren’t you my father?

PROSPERO

Thy mother was a piece of virtue and
She said thou wast my daughter. And thy father
Was Duke of Milan, and thou his only heir
And princess no worse issued.

PROSPERO

Your mother was extremely virtuous, and she said you were my daughter. And your father was Duke of Milan, and you were his heir, a princess.

MIRANDA

     Oh, the heavens!
60What foul play had we that we came from thence?
Or blessè was ’t we did?

MIRANDA

Good lord! What evil things were done to us that we were driven here? Or was it a blessing that we came here?

PROSPERO

    Both, both, my girl.
By foul play, as thou sayst, were we heaved thence,
But blessedly holp hither.

PROSPERO

Both, both, my girl. We were pushed out of power by evil deeds, as you call them. But we were blessed in being helped toward this island.