The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself—
Yea, all which it inherit—shall dissolve,
145And like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vexed.
Bear with my weakness. My old brain is troubled.
150Be not disturbed with my infirmity.
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose. A turn or two I’ll walk
To still my beating mind.
and ungrounded vision you’ve seen, with its towers topped with clouds, its gorgeous palaces, solemn temples, the world itself—and everyone living in it—which will dissolve just as this illusory pageant has dissolved, leaving not even a wisp of cloud behind. We are all made of dreams, and our life stretches from sleep before birth to sleep after death. Sir, I’m upset. Please put up with my weakness. My old brain is troubled. Don’t be disturbed by my illness. If you like, you can rest a while in my room. I’ll go for a short walk to calm down my feverish mind.

FERDINAND, MIRANDA

We wish your peace.

FERDINAND, MIRANDA

We hope you feel better and find some peace.
Exeunt FERDINAND and MIRANDA
They exit.

PROSPERO

155Come with a thought. I thank thee, Ariel. Come.

PROSPERO

Come, Ariel—I summon you with a thought. Thank you, Ariel. Come.
Enter ARIEL
ARIEL enters.

ARIEL

Thy thoughts I cleave to. What’s thy pleasure?

ARIEL

I obey all your thoughts. What do you wish?

PROSPERO

      Spirit,
We must prepare to meet with Caliban.

PROSPERO

Spirit, we have to get ready to meet with Caliban.

ARIEL

Ay, my commander. When I presented Ceres,
I thought to have told thee of it, but I feared
160Lest I might anger thee.

ARIEL

Yes, my master. When I was putting on the Ceres show, I thought of reminding you about Caliban, but I was afraid of upsetting you.

PROSPERO

Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets?

PROSPERO

Tell me again, where did you leave those lowlifes?