The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter BOATSWAIN
The BOATSWAIN enters.

BOATSWAIN

Down with the topmast! Yare, lower, lower! Bring her to try wi' th' main course.

BOATSWAIN

Bring down that top sail! Fast! Lower, lower! Let the ship sail close to the wind.
A cry within
A shout offstage.
A plague upon this howling! They are louder than the weather or our office.
Damn those men shouting down there! They’re louder than the storm or us sailors.
Enter SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, and GONZALO
SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, and GONZALO enter.
Yet again? What do you here? Shall we give o'er and drown?
20Have you a mind to sink?
Oh, not you again. What do you want? Should we all give up and drown? Do you want to sink?

SEBASTIAN

A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!

SEBASTIAN

Oh, go to hell, you loud-mouthed bastard!

BOATSWAIN

Work you, then.

BOATSWAIN

Well, get to work, then.

ANTONIO

Hang, cur! Hang, you whoreson insolent noisemaker! We are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.

ANTONIO

Just die, you lowlife! Go ahead and die, you nasty, rude bastard!You’re more scared of drowning than we are.

GONZALO

I’ll warrant him for drowning though the ship were no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an unstanched wench.

GONZALO

Yes, I guarantee he won’t drown—even if this ship were as fragile as an eggshell and as leaky as a menstruating woman.

BOATSWAIN

25Lay her a-hold, a-hold! Set her two courses off to sea again.
Lay her off!

BOATSWAIN

Turn the ship to the wind! Set the sails and let her go out to sea again!
Enter MARINERS, wet
More SAILORS enter, wet.

MARINERS

All lost! To prayers, to prayers, all lost!

SAILORS

It’s no use! Pray for your lives! We’re done for!