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Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, all wet
CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO enter all wet.

CALIBAN

Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole may not hear a foot fall. We now are near his cell.

CALIBAN

Please walk softly, so not even a mole hears us approach. We’re near his room now.

STEPHANO

Monster, your fairy, which you say is a harmless fairy, has done little better than played the jack with us.

STEPHANO

Hey monster, the spirit you’ve been talking about, the one you call harmless, has been playing tricks on us.

TRINCULO

190Monster, I do smell all horse piss, at which my nose is in great indignation.

TRINCULO

Monster, I smell like horse piss, which is making my nose pretty upset.

STEPHANO

So is mine.—Do you hear, monster? If I should take a displeasure against you, look you—

STEPHANO

Mine too.—Are you listening, monster? If I decide to get angry at you, just watch out—

TRINCULO

Thou wert but a lost monster.

TRINCULO

You’d be done for then, monster.

CALIBAN

195Good my lord, give me thy favor still.
Be patient, for the prize I’ll bring thee to
Shall hoodwink this mischance. Therefore speak softly.
All’s hushed as midnight yet.

CALIBAN

My good lord, I still need you to like me. Be patient, because the prize I’m leading you to will make you forget how smelly you are now. So be quiet. It’s as silent as a graveyard here.

TRINCULO

Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool—

TRINCULO

All right, but I can’t get over how we lost our wine bottles in the pond—

STEPHANO

200There is not only disgrace and dishonor in that, monster, but an infinite loss.

STEPHANO

Yes, monster, it’s worse than the disgrace of getting drenched and smelly. We lost more than our honor when we lost our wine.

TRINCULO

That’s more to me than my wetting. Yet this is your harmless fairy, monster.

TRINCULO

That upsets me much more than getting wet. And you called the fairy creature harmless, monster.

STEPHANO

I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears for my labor.

STEPHANO

I’ll get my bottle back if it’s the last thing I do.