The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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SEBASTIAN

So you’re paid.

SEBASTIAN

Fine, you win.

ADRIAN

35Uninhabitable and almost inaccessible—

ADRIAN

Uninhabitable and almost inaccessible, as it were—

SEBASTIAN

Yet—

SEBASTIAN

Now he’s going to say “but”—

ADRIAN

Yet—

ADRIAN

But—

ANTONIO

He could not miss ’t.

ANTONIO

He had to say it, it was unavoidable.

ADRIAN

It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.

ADRIAN

The island must be mild, and have a temperate climate.

ANTONIO

40Temperance was a delicate wench.

ANTONIO

I knew Temperance—she was a fine girl.

SEBASTIAN

Ay, and a subtle, as he most learnedly delivered.

SEBASTIAN

Yes, and she was mild too.

ADRIAN

The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.

ADRIAN

There’s always a breath of fresh air here.

SEBASTIAN

As if it had lungs, and rotten ones.

SEBASTIAN

A breath from rotten lungs, maybe.

ANTONIO

Or as ’twere perfumed by a fen.

ANTONIO

Stinking like a swamp.

GONZALO

45Here is everything advantageous to life.

GONZALO

This island contains everything beneficial to life.

ANTONIO

True. Save means to live.

ANTONIO

True. Everything except something to live on.

SEBASTIAN

Of that there’s none, or little.

SEBASTIAN

There’s little or nothing of that.

GONZALO

How lush and lusty the grass looks! How green!

GONZALO

Look how lush and healthy the grass is! How green!

ANTONIO

The ground indeed is tawny.

ANTONIO

The ground is brown.

SEBASTIAN

50With an eye of green in ’t.

SEBASTIAN

With a touch of green in it.

ANTONIO

He misses not much.

ANTONIO

He doesn’t miss a thing.