The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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SEBASTIAN

What if he had said “widower Æneas” too? Good Lord, how you take it!

SEBASTIAN

Next thing you know, he’ll be saying “widower Aeneas.”

ADRIAN

65“Widow Dido” said you? You make me study of that. She was of Carthage, not of Tunis.

ADRIAN

“Widow Dido,” did you say? I’m not sure about that. Dido was from Carthage, not Tunis.

GONZALO

This Tunis, sir, was Carthage.

GONZALO

ADRIAN

Carthage?

ADRIAN

Carthage?

GONZALO

I assure you, Carthage.

GONZALO

I’m telling you, it was Carthage.

SEBASTIAN

His word is more than the miraculous harp. He hath raised the wall and houses too.

SEBASTIAN

Gonzalo is a miracle-worker. If he says Carthage was here, then Carthage must be here.

ANTONIO

70What impossible matter will he make easy next?

ANTONIO

What miracle will he work next?

SEBASTIAN

I think he will carry this island home in his pocket and give it his son for an apple.

SEBASTIAN

I think he’ll carry this island home in his pocket and give it to his son like an apple.

ANTONIO

And sowing the kernels of it in the sea, bring forth more islands.

ANTONIO

And then throw the seeds in the sea, to make more islands grow.

GONZALO

Ay.

GONZALO

Yes indeed.

ANTONIO

Why, in good time.

ANTONIO

Absolutely, yes indeed.

GONZALO

75 (to ALONSO) Sir, we were talking that our garments seem now as fresh as when we were at Tunis at the marriage of your daughter, who is now queen.

GONZALO

(to ALONSO) Sir, we were saying that our clothes seem just as fresh as they did when we attended the wedding of your daughter, who’s now queen of Tunis.