The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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PROSPERO

    But as ’tis,
We cannot miss him. He does make our fire,
Fetch in our wood, and serves in offices
That profit us.—What, ho! Slave! Caliban!
Thou earth, thou! Speak.

PROSPERO

But even so, we can’t do without him. He builds our fires, gets our firewood, and does all kinds of useful things for us.—Hey! Caliban! Pile of dirt! Say something.

CALIBAN

(within)    There’s wood enough within.

CALIBAN

(offstage) You’ve got enough firewood already.

PROSPERO

320Come forth, I say! There’s other business for thee.
Come, thou tortoise! When?

PROSPERO

Come out, I order you. There’s other work for you to do. Come on, you turtle!
Enter ARIEL, like a water nymph
ARIEL enters disguised as a water nymph.
Fine apparition! My quaint Ariel,
Hark in thine ear. (whispers to ARIEL)
What a fine sight! My dear clever Ariel, listen carefully. (he whispers to ARIEL)

ARIEL

    My lord it shall be done.

ARIEL

My lord, I’ll do it right away.
Exit ARIEL
ARIEL exits.

PROSPERO

(to CALIBAN) Thou poisonous slave, got by the devil himself
325Upon thy wicked dam, come forth!

PROSPERO

(to CALIBAN) You horrible slave, with a wicked hag for a mother and the devil himself for a father, come out!
Enter CALIBAN
CALIBAN enters.

CALIBAN

As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed
With raven’s feather from unwholesome fen
Drop on you both! A southwest blow on ye
And blister you all o'er!

CALIBAN

I hope you both get drenched with a dew as evil as what my mother used to collect with a crow’s feather from the poison swamps. May a hot southwest wind blow on you and cover you with blisters all over.