The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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Exit MARINERS
The SAILORS exit.

BOATSWAIN

What, must our mouths be cold?

BOATSWAIN

What, we’re going to die?

GONZALO

The king and prince at prayers. Let’s assist them, for our case is as theirs.

GONZALO

The king and the prince are praying. Let’s go join them, since whatever happens to them happens to us too.

SEBASTIAN

30I’m out of patience.

SEBASTIAN

I’m out of patience.

ANTONIO

We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards. This wide-chopped rascal—would thou mightst lie drowning the washing of ten tides!

ANTONIO

Yes, we’ve been cheated out of our lives by a bunch of drunken, incompetent sailors. This bigmouth jerk here—(to BOATSWAIN) I hope you drown ten times over!

GONZALO

He’ll be hanged yet, though every drop of water swear against it and gape at widest to glut him.

GONZALO

He’ll still die by hanging, not drowning, even if every drop of water in the sea tries to swallow him.
A confused noise within
A confused noise offstage.

VOICES

(within) Mercy on us!—We split, we split!—Farewell, my wife and children!—Farewell, brother!—We split, we split, we split!

VOICES

God have mercy on us!—The ship’s breaking up!—Goodbye, wife and kids!—Goodbye, brother!—We’re breaking up, we’re breaking up!

ANTONIO

Let’s all sink wi' th' king.

ANTONIO

Let’s all sink with the king.

SEBASTIAN

35Let’s take leave of him.

SEBASTIAN

Let’s say goodbye to him.
Exeunt ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN
ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN exit.