The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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GONZALO

    Whether this be
Or be not, I’ll not swear.

GONZALO

I won’t bet on whether or not any of this is real.

PROSPERO

    You do yet taste
125Some subtleties o' th' isle, that will not let you
Believe things certain. Welcome, my friends all.
(aside to SEBASTIAN and ANTONIO)
But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded,
I here could pluck his highness' frown upon you
130And justify you traitors. At this time
I will tell no tales.

PROSPERO

You’re still experiencing some of the little quirks of this island, which makes so many things seem uncertain. Welcome, my friends. (speaking so that only SEBASTIAN and ANTONIO can hear) But you two lords, if I felt like it, I could turn you in as the traitors you are. But as for now, I won’t say a word.

SEBASTIAN

   The devil speaks in him.

SEBASTIAN

It’s the devil speaking through him.

PROSPERO

    No.—(to ANTONIO)
For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother
Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive
Thy rankest fault, all of them, and require
135My dukedom of thee, which perforce, I know,
Thou must restore.

PROSPERO

No.—(to ANTONIO) As for you, you evil man that I can’t even call brother, I forgive you for even your worst sin, all your sins. I demand my dukedom back from you, which I know you have to give me.

ALONSO

    If thou beest Prospero,
Give us particulars of thy preservation,
How thou hast met us here, whom three hours since
Were wracked upon this shore, where I have lost—
140How sharp the point of this remembrance is!
My dear son Ferdinand.

ALONSO

If you’re Prospero, give us the details of how you were saved, how you met us here, when we were just shipwrecked here three hours ago, when I lost—How painful the memory is!—my dear son Ferdinand

PROSPERO

    I am woe for ’t, sir.

PROSPERO

I’m sorry about that, sir.

ALONSO

Irreparable is the loss, and patience
Says it is past her cure.

ALONSO

No one can undo this loss of mine, and trying to endure it patiently doesn’t help.