The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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BOATSWAIN

10Do you not hear him? You mar our labor. Keep your cabins.
You do assist the storm.

BOATSWAIN

He’s busy, can’t you hear him giving orders? You’re getting in the way of our work. Stay in your cabins. You’re helping the storm, not us.

GONZALO

Nay, good, be patient.

GONZALO

Don’t get wound up, my good man.

BOATSWAIN

When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of king? To cabin, silence! Trouble us not.

BOATSWAIN

I’m only wound up because the sea’s wound up. Now get out of here! Do you think these waves care anything about kings and officials? Go to your cabins and be quiet! Don’t bother us up here.

GONZALO

Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard.

GONZALO

Just remember who you’ve got on board with you, good man.

BOATSWAIN

15None that I more love than myself. You are a councilor. If you can command these elements to silence and work the peace of the present, we will not hand a rope more. Use your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap.—Cheerly, good hearts!—Out of our way, I say.

BOATSWAIN

Nobody I care about more than myself. You’re a king’s advisor. If you can order the storm to calm down, we can all put down our ropes and rest. Go ahead, use your authority. If you can’t do it, be grateful you’ve lived this long and go wait to die in your cabin, if it comes to that.—Harder, men!—Now get out of our way, I’m telling you.
Exit BOATSWAIN
The BOATSWAIN exits.

GONZALO

I have great comfort from this fellow. Methinks he hath no drowning mark upon him. His complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his hanging. Make the rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable.

GONZALO

I feel a lot better after talking to this guy. He doesn’t look like a person who would drown—he looks like he was born to be

hanged

Gonzalo implies that the Boatswain looks and acts like a dangerous criminal.

hanged
. I hope he lives long enough to be hanged. The rope that hangs him will do more good than all the ropes on this ship, since it’ll guarantee he stays alive through this storm. But if he’s not destined to die by hanging, then our chances don’t look too good.
Exeunt GONZALO and courtiers
GONZALO exits with the other men of court.