The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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SEBASTIAN

     I have no hope
205That he’s undrowned.

SEBASTIAN

Yes, I’m sure he’s dead. I’ve got no hope that he survived.

ANTONIO

    Oh, out of that “no hope”
What great hope have you! No hope that way is
Another way so high a hope that even
Ambition cannot pierce a wink beyond,
But doubt discovery there. Will you grant with me
210That Ferdinand is drowned?

ANTONIO

But in that “no hope” there are great hopes for you! That “no hope” means you’re on the way to glory so brilliant you couldn’t even imagine it, no matter how ambitious you were. Do you agree that Ferdinand must have drowned?

SEBASTIAN

    He’s gone.

SEBASTIAN

He’s dead.

ANTONIO

      Then, tell me,
Who’s the next heir of Naples?

ANTONIO

So, in that case, tell me who’s next in line to inherit the kingdom of Naples?

SEBASTIAN

    Claribel.

SEBASTIAN

Claribel, his daughter.

ANTONIO

She that is Queen of Tunis; she that dwells
Ten leagues beyond man’s life; she that from Naples
Can have no note, unless the sun were post—
215The man i' th' moon’s too slow—till newborn chins
Be rough and razorable; she that from whom
We all were sea-swallowed, though some cast again,
And by that destiny to perform an act
Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
220In yours and my discharge.

ANTONIO

The one who’s now Queen of Tunis, living at the edge of the world, out of reach of mail service. It takes a letter longer to reach her than it takes a baby boy to grow old enough to shave. Claribel who was the cause of our shipwreck, which a few of us survived—she was destined to give us an opportunity that we are destined to act on.

SEBASTIAN

    What stuff is this? How say you?
'Tis true, my brother’s daughter’s Queen of Tunis,
So is she heir of Naples, ’twixt which regions
There is some space.

SEBASTIAN

What in the world are you talking about? It’s true that my brother’s daughter is Queen of Tunis, and heir of Naples. And it’s true those two places are far apart.

ANTONIO

    A space whose every cubit
Seems to cry out, “How shall that Claribel
225Measure us back to Naples? Keep in Tunis,

ANTONIO

So far that every foot of distance between them seems to shout, “It’s too far for Claribel to come back to Naples. Let her stay in Tunis and give Sebastian a