The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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ANTONIO

And the rarest that e'er came there.

ANTONIO

The most beautiful queen they ever had.

SEBASTIAN

Bate, I beseech you, widow Dido.

SEBASTIAN

I beg your pardon, except for the widow Dido.

ANTONIO

Oh, widow Dido? Ay, widow Dido.

ANTONIO

Oh, except for the widow Dido? That’s right, except for the widow Dido.

GONZALO

Is not, sir, my doublet as fresh as the first day I wore it? I mean, in a sort.

GONZALO

Isn’t my vest just as clean and fresh as the day I put it on? In a way, I mean.

ANTONIO

80That “sort” was well fished for.

ANTONIO

“In a way” is the right way to go.

GONZALO

When I wore it at your daughter’s marriage?

GONZALO

I mean when I wore it at your daughter’s wedding.

ALONSO

You cram these words into mine ears against
The stomach of my sense. Would I had never
Married my daughter there! For, coming thence,
85My son is lost and, in my rate, she too,
Who is so far from Italy removed
I ne'er again shall see her.—O thou mine heir
Of Naples and of Milan, what strange fish
Hath made his meal on thee?

ALONSO

You keep cramming words into my ears that I don’t want to hear. I wish that wedding had never happened, since I lost my son because of it, and I lost my daughter too in a way, since she’s moved so far from Milan that I’ll never see her again.—Oh, dear son of mine and heir of Naples and Milan, what strange fish has made a meal of you?

FRANCISCO

      Sir, he may live.
90I saw him beat the surges under him,
And ride upon their backs. He trod the water,
Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted
The surge most swoll'n that met him. His bold head
'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oared
95Himself with his good arms in lusty stroke
To th' shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bowed,
As stooping to relieve him. I not doubt
He came alive to land.

FRANCISCO

Sir, he may still be alive. I saw him swimming strongly, almost as if he was riding the waves. He treaded water and kept his head well above the wild waters coming at him, swimming with his strong arms toward the shore, which almost seemed eager to welcome him. I have no doubt he got ashore alive.