The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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    No more yet of this,
165For ’tis a chronicle of day by day,
Not a relation for a breakfast, nor
Befitting this first meeting.
(to ALONSO)  Welcome, sir.
This cell’s my court. Here have I few attendants
170And subjects none abroad. Pray you, look in.
My dukedom since you have given me again,
I will requite you with as good a thing,
At least bring forth a wonder to content ye
As much as me my dukedom.
(to ALONSO) Welcome, sir. This room’s my royal court. I have hardly any servants and no subjects outside this room. Please, have a look. Since you’ve given my dukedom back to me, I’ll give you something equally nice, or at least I’ll give you an amazement to satisfy you as much as my dukedom satisfies me.
Here PROSPERO uncovers FERDINAND and MIRANDA playing at chess
PROSPERO draws a curtain to reveal FERDINAND and MIRANDA playing chess.

MIRANDA

175 (to FERDINAND) Sweet lord, you play me false.

MIRANDA

(to FERDINAND) My sweet lord, you’re cheating.

FERDINAND

No, my dearest love,
I would not for the world.

FERDINAND

No, my dearest love, I wouldn’t cheat you for the whole world.

MIRANDA

Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle,
And I would call it fair play.

MIRANDA

Maybe not the whole world, but you’d cheat for twenty kingdoms. But even then I’d still lie and say you were playing by the rules.

ALONSO

     If this prove
180A vision of the Island, one dear son
Shall I twice lose.

ALONSO

If this dream vision is typical of what this island conjures up, then I’ll lose my son twice.

SEBASTIAN

   A most high miracle!

SEBASTIAN

A wonderful miracle!

FERDINAND

(seeing ALONSO and kneeling)
Though the seas threaten, they are merciful.
I have cursed them without cause.

FERDINAND

(seeing ALONSO and kneeling) The seas may threaten us, but they show mercy sometimes too. I cursed them for no reason.