The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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The mariners all under hatches stowed,
Who, with a charm joined to their suffered labor,
I have left asleep. And for the rest o' th' fleet,
Which I dispersed, they all have met again
235And are upon the Mediterranean float,
Bound sadly home for Naples,
Supposing that they saw the king’s ship wracked
And his great person perish.
The sailors are all below deck, sleeping both from their labor and from a magic spell I cast over them. As for the rest of the ships, I scattered them, and they’ve gathered again in the Mediterranean, sailing sadly home to Naples, believing that they witnessed the shipwreck and death of their great king.

PROSPERO

    Ariel, thy charge
Exactly is performed. But there’s more work.
240What is the time o' th' day?

PROSPERO

Ariel, you’ve done your work exactly as I ordered. But there’s more work to be done. What time is it?

ARIEL

    Past the mid season.

ARIEL

Past noon.

PROSPERO

At least two glasses. The time ’twixt six and now
Must by us both be spent most preciously.

PROSPERO

At least two hours past. We can’t waste time between now and six o'clock.

ARIEL

Is there more toil? Since thou dost give me pains,
Let me remember thee what thou hast promised,
245Which is not yet performed me.

ARIEL

Is there more work to do? Since you’re giving me new assignments, let me remind you what you promised me but haven’t come through with yet.

PROSPERO

     How now? Moody?
What is ’t thou canst demand?

PROSPERO

What? You’re in a bad mood? What could you possibly ask for?

ARIEL

     My liberty.

ARIEL

My freedom.

PROSPERO

Before the time be out? No more!

PROSPERO

Before your sentence has been completed? Don’t say anything else.

ARIEL

     I prithee,
Remember I have done thee worthy service,
Told thee no lies, made thee no mistakings, served
250Without or grudge or grumblings. Thou didst promise
To bate me a full year.

ARIEL

I beg you, remember the good work I’ve done for you, and how I’ve never lied to you, never made mistakes, and never grumbled in my work. You promised to take a full year off my sentence.