The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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PROSPERO

    By providence divine.
160Some food we had and some fresh water that
A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo,
Out of his charity, who being then appointed
Master of this design, did give us, with
Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries,
165Which since have steaded much. So, of his gentleness,
Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.

PROSPERO

With God’s help. We had a little food and fresh water that a nobleman from Naples, Gonzalo, had given us out of the kindness of his heart. He had been chosen to carry out the plan of putting us to sea. He also gave us clothes, linen, and other necessities that have been of great help. Knowing how much I loved my books, he gave me some books from my library that I value more than my dukedom.

MIRANDA

    Would I might
But ever see that man!

MIRANDA

I wish I could see that man someday!

PROSPERO

    Now I arise.
170 (stands and puts on his mantle)
Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow.
Here in this island we arrived, and here
Have I, thy schoolmaster, made thee more profit
Than other princesses can that have more time
175For vainer hours and tutors not so careful.

PROSPERO

Now I’ll stand up. (he stands and puts on his magic cloak) Sit still and listen to the last of our sad sea adventures. We arrived here on this island, where I, acting as your teacher, have given you a better education than most princesses get, princesses who have less careful tutors, who spend their time instead on empty fun.

MIRANDA

Heavens thank you for ’t! And now, I pray you, sir—
For still ’tis beating in my mind—your reason
For raising this sea storm?

MIRANDA

May God thank you for it. But please, father—the question is still nagging at me—why did you conjure up this storm?

PROSPERO

    Know thus far forth:
By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune
180(Now my dear lady) hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore. And by my prescience
I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star, whose influence
If now I court not but omit, my fortunes
185Will ever after droop. Here cease more questions.

PROSPERO

You should know this: much luck is on my side, and my enemies have happened to wreck their ship on this island. As I see it, my fate hangs on this lucky event, and if I handle it wrong, I’ll suffer for the rest of my life. Now, no more questions.