The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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PROSPERO

    Dost thou forget
From what a torment I did free thee?

PROSPERO

Have you forgotten the torture I freed you from?

ARIEL

No.

ARIEL

No.

PROSPERO

Thou dost, and think’st it much to tread the ooze
255Of the salt deep,
To run upon the sharp wind of the north,
To do me business in the veins o' th' earth
When it is baked with frost.

PROSPERO

You have forgotten, and you think it’s a burden when I ask you to walk through the ocean, or run on the north wind, or do business for me underground when the earth’s frozen solid.

ARIEL

     I do not, sir.

ARIEL

No, I don’t, sir.

PROSPERO

Thou liest, malignant thing! Hast thou forgot
260The foul witch Sycorax, who with age and envy
Was grown into a hoop? Hast thou forgot her?

PROSPERO

You lie, you nasty, ungrateful thing! Have you forgotten the horrid witch Sycorax, stooped over with old age and ill will? Have you forgotten her?

ARIEL

No, sir.

ARIEL

No, sir.

PROSPERO

Thou hast. Where was she born? Speak. Tell me.

PROSPERO

You have. Where was she born? Speak. Tell me.

ARIEL

Sir, in Argier.

ARIEL

In Algiers, sir.

PROSPERO

   Oh, was she so? I must
265Once in a month recount what thou hast been,
Which thou forget’st. This damned witch Sycorax,
For mischiefs manifold and sorceries terrible
To enter human hearing, from Argier,
Thou know’st, was banished. For one thing she did
270They would not take her life. Is not this true?

PROSPERO

Oh, was she now? I’ll have to tell the story again every month, since you seem to forget it. This damned witch Sycorax was kicked out of Algiers for various witching crimes too terrible for humans to hear about. But for one reason they refused to execute her. Isn’t that true?

ARIEL

Ay, sir.

ARIEL

Yes, sir.