The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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SEBASTIAN

140No marrying ’mong his subjects?

SEBASTIAN

There’d be no marriage?

ANTONIO

None, man. All idle. Whores and knaves.

ANTONIO

No. Everyone would have nothing to do. They’d all be whores and slackers.

GONZALO

I would with such perfection govern, sir,
T' excel the Golden Age.

GONZALO

I would rule so perfectly that my country would outshine the Golden Age they had in ancient times.

SEBASTIAN

    'Save his majesty!

SEBASTIAN

Long live his Majesty!

ANTONIO

Long live Gonzalo!

ANTONIO

All hail Gonzalo!

GONZALO

145 (to ALONSO)     And—do you mark me, sir?

GONZALO

(to ALONSO) Are you listening to me, sir?

ALONSO

Prithee, no more. Thou dost talk nothing to me.

ALONSO

Oh, please be quiet. You’re spouting empty words.

GONZALO

I do well believe your highness, and did it to minister occasion to these gentlemen, who are of such sensible and nimble lungs that they always use to laugh at nothing.

GONZALO

You’re absolutely right, your highness. I talked like that to give these gentlemen here a chance to have a good laugh. They love to laugh at empty words.

ANTONIO

'Twas you we laughed at.

ANTONIO

It’s you we were laughing at.

GONZALO

Who in this kind of merry fooling am nothing to you. So you may continue and laugh at nothing still.

GONZALO

But from your perspective I don’t matter, so I’m just an empty nobody for you. Go ahead and laugh at my empty words some more.

ANTONIO

150What a blow was there given!

ANTONIO

Ouch, what a comeback!

SEBASTIAN

An it had not fallen flat-long.

SEBASTIAN

He sure did. Too bad it fell flat.

GONZALO

You are gentlemen of brave mettle. You would lift the moon out of her sphere if she would continue in it five weeks without changing.

GONZALO

You’re brave gentlemen. You’d give the moon a shove if it got stuck five weeks in its orbit.