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The Tempest: Act 3, Scene 2

The Tempest
Act 3, Scene 2

Another part of the island.

Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban plot to kill Prospero. Stephano is to marry Miranda and become sole monarch. Ariel enters, and entices the three to follow him. They yield to Ariel's charms, having first consented to delay the execution of the plot.
  1. Enter Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo.

Stephano

2 - 4
  1. Tell not me. When the butt is out, we will drink waternot a
  2. drop before; therefore bear up and board ’em.
  3. Servant-monster, drink to me.

Trinculo

5 - 7
  1. Servant-monster? The folly of this island! They say there’s
  2. but five upon this isle: we are three of them; if th’ other
  3. two be brain’d like us, the state totters.

Stephano

8 - 9
  1. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee. Thy eyes are almost
  2. set in thy head.

Trinculo

10 - 11
  1. Where should they be set else? He were a brave monster
  2. indeed if they were set in his tail.

Stephano

12 - 15
  1. My man-monster hath drown’d his tongue in sack. For my part,
  2. the sea cannot drown me; I swam, ere I could recover the
  3. shore, five and thirty leagues off and on. By this light,
  4. thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.

Trinculo

16
  1. Your lieutenant if you list, he’s no standard.

Stephano

17
  1. We’ll not run, Monsieur Monster.

Trinculo

18 - 19
  1. Nor go neither; but you’ll lie like dogs, and yet say
  2. nothing neither.

Stephano

20 - 21
  1. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good
  2. moon-calf.

Caliban

22 - 23
  1. How does thy honor? Let me lick thy shoe. I’ll not serve
  2. him, he is not valiant.

Trinculo

24 - 28
  1. Thou liest, most ignorant monster, I am in case to justle a
  2. constable. Why, thou debosh’d fish thou, was there ever man
  3. a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I today? Wilt thou
  4. tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish and half a
  5. monster?

Caliban

29
  1. Lo, how he mocks me! Wilt thou let him, my lord?

Trinculo

30
  1. Lord,” quoth he? That a monster should be such a natural!

Caliban

31
  1. Lo, lo again. Bite him to death, I prithee.

Stephano

32 - 34
  1. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head. If you prove a
  2. mutineerthe next tree! The poor monster’s my subject, and
  3. he shall not suffer indignity.

Caliban

35 - 36
  1. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleas’d to hearken once
  2. again to the suit I made to thee?

Stephano

37 - 38
  1. Marry, will I; kneel, and repeat it. I will stand, and so
  2. shall Trinculo.
  1. Enter Ariel, invisible.

Caliban

40 - 42
  1. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant,
  2. A sorcerer, that by his cunning hath
  3. Cheated me of the island.

Ariel

43
  1. Thou liest.

Caliban

44 - 46
  1.             Thou liest, thou jesting monkey thou!
  2. I would my valiant master would destroy thee.
  3. I do not lie.

Stephano

47 - 48
  1. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in ’s tale, by this
  2. hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.

Trinculo

49
  1. Why, I said nothing.

Stephano

50
  1. Mum then, and no more.—Proceed.

Caliban

51 - 54
  1. I say by sorcery he got this isle;
  2. From me he got it. If thy greatness will
  3. Revenge it on himfor I know thou dar’st,
  4. But this thing dare not

Stephano

55
  1. That’s most certain.

Caliban

56
  1. Thou shalt be lord of it, and I’ll serve thee.

Stephano

57 - 58
  1. How now shall this be compass’d? Canst thou bring me to the
  2. party?

Caliban

59 - 60
  1. Yea, yea, my lord. I’ll yield him thee asleep,
  2. Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.

Ariel

61
  1. Thou liest, thou canst not.

Caliban

62 - 66
  1. What a pied ninny’s this! Thou scurvy patch!
  2. I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows,
  3. And take his bottle from him. When that’s gone,
  4. He shall drink nought but brine, for I’ll not show him
  5. Where the quick freshes are.

Stephano

67 - 69
  1. Trinculo, run into no further danger; interrupt the monster
  2. one word further, and by this hand, I’ll turn my mercy out
  3. o’ doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.

Trinculo

70
  1. Why, what did I? I did nothing. I’ll go farther off.

Stephano

71
  1. Didst thou not say he lied?

Ariel

72
  1. Thou liest.

Stephano

73 - 75
  1. Do I so? Take thou that.
  2. Beats Trinculo.
  3. As you like this, give me the lie another time.

Trinculo

76 - 78
  1. I did not give the lie. Out o’ your wits, and hearing too? A
  2. pox o’ your bottle! This can sack and drinking do. A murrain
  3. on your monster, and the devil take your fingers!

Caliban

79
  1. Ha, ha, ha!

Stephano

80
  1. Now forward with your tale.—Prithee stand further off.

Caliban

81 - 82
  1. Beat him enough. After a little time
  2. I’ll beat him too.

Stephano

83
  1.                    Stand farther.—Come, proceed.

Caliban

84 - 100
  1. Why, as I told thee, ’tis a custom with him
  2. I’ th’ afternoon to sleep. There thou mayst brain him,
  3. Having first seiz’d his books; or with a log
  4. Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
  5. Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember
  6. First to possess his books; for without them
  7. He’s but a sot, as I am; nor hath not
  8. One spirit to command: they all do hate him
  9. As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.
  10. He has brave utensils (for so he calls them)
  11. Which when he has a house, he’ll deck withal.
  12. And that most deeply to consider is
  13. The beauty of his daughter. He himself
  14. Calls her a nonpareil. I never saw a woman
  15. But only Sycorax my dam and she;
  16. But she as far surpasseth Sycorax
  17. As great’st does least.

Stephano

101
  1.                         Is it so brave a lass?

Caliban

102 - 103
  1. Ay, lord, she will become thy bed, I warrant,
  2. And bring thee forth brave brood.

Stephano

104 - 106
  1. Monster, I will kill this man. His daughter and I will be
  2. king and queen’save our Graces! And Trinculo and thyself
  3. shall be viceroys. Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo?

Trinculo

107
  1. Excellent.

Stephano

108 - 109
  1. Give me thy hand. I am sorry I beat thee; but while thou
  2. liv’st keep a good tongue in thy head.

Caliban

110 - 111
  1. Within this half hour will he be asleep.
  2. Wilt thou destroy him then?

Stephano

112
  1.                             Ay, on mine honor.

Ariel

113
  1. This will I tell my master.

Caliban

114 - 116
  1. Thou mak’st me merry; I am full of pleasure,
  2. Let us be jocund. Will you troll the catch
  3. You taught me but while-ere?

Stephano

117 - 122
  1. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason. Come
  2. on, Trinculo, let us sing.
  3. Sings.
  4. Flout ’em and scout ’em,
  5. And scout ’em and flout ’em!
  6. Thought is free.”

Caliban

123
  1. That’s not the tune.
  1. Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe.

Stephano

125
  1. What is this same?

Trinculo

126 - 127
  1. This is the tune of our catch, play’d by the picture of
  2. Nobody.

Stephano

128 - 129
  1. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness. If thou
  2. beest a devil, take’t as thou list.

Trinculo

130
  1. O, forgive me my sins!

Stephano

131
  1. He that dies pays all debts. I defy thee. Mercy upon us!

Caliban

132
  1. Art thou afeard?

Stephano

133
  1. No, monster, not I.

Caliban

134 - 142
  1. Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises,
  2. Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
  3. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
  4. Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
  5. That if I then had wak’d after long sleep,
  6. Will make me sleep again, and then in dreaming,
  7. The clouds methought would open, and show riches
  8. Ready to drop upon me, that when I wak’d
  9. I cried to dream again.

Stephano

143 - 144
  1. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my
  2. music for nothing.

Caliban

145
  1. When Prospero is destroy’d.

Stephano

146
  1. That shall be by and by. I remember the story.

Trinculo

147 - 148
  1. The sound is going away. Let’s follow it, and after do our
  2. work.

Stephano

149 - 150
  1. Lead, monster, we’ll follow. I would I could see this
  2. taborer; he lays it on.

Trinculo

151
  1. Wilt come? I’ll follow Stephano.
  1. Exeunt.
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