The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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PROSPERO

Mark his condition and the event. Then tell me
If this might be a brother.

PROSPERO

Think about that, and about what followed afterward. Then tell me if Antonio can be called a brother.

MIRANDA

    I should sin
To think but nobly of my grandmother.
120Good wombs have borne bad sons.

MIRANDA

It would be wrong for me to think poorly of my grandmother. Good women sometimes give birth to bad sons.

PROSPERO

     Now the condition.
The King of Naples, being an enemy
To me inveterate, hearkens my brother’s suit,
Which was that he, in lieu o' th' premises
Of homage and I know not how much tribute,
125Should presently extirpate me and mine
Out of the dukedom, and confer fair Milan
With all the honors on my brother. Whereon,
A treacherous army levied, one midnight
Fated to th' purpose did Antonio open
130The gates of Milan, and, i' th' dead of darkness,
The ministers for th' purpose hurried thence
Me and thy crying self.

PROSPERO

Now listen to the agreement they made. The king of Naples, my arch-enemy, listens to my brother’s request, which was that the king, in exchange for the respect and money paid to him, would get rid of me and make my brother Duke of Milan instead. A treacherous army was gathered, and one fateful night at midnight, Antonio opened the gates of Milan, and in the pitch black had his officers rush out me and you, my dear daughter. You were crying.

MIRANDA

    Alack, for pity!
I, not remembering how I cried out then,
Will cry it o'er again. It is a hint
135That wrings mine eyes to ’t.

MIRANDA

How awful! I can’t remember how I cried then, but I’ll cry all over again. This story breaks my heart.

PROSPERO

    Hear a little further
And then I’ll bring thee to the present business
Which now ’s upon ’s, without the which this story
Were most impertinent.

PROSPERO

Just listen a little more, and I’ll bring you up to date about the present situation, which is the whole reason I’m telling you this story in the first place.

MIRANDA

    Wherefore did they not
That hour destroy us?

MIRANDA

Why didn’t they just kill us that night?