SCENE IIAnother part of the island.
Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO.
Tell not me; when the butt is out, we
will drink water; not a drop before: therefore
bear up, and board 'em. Servant-monster,
drink to me.
Servant-monster! the folly of this
island! They say there 's but five upon this
isle:we are three of them; if th' other two
be brained like us, the state totters.
Drink, servant-monster, when I bid (10)
thee: thy eyes are almost set in thy head. (11)
Where should they be set else? he
were a brave monster indeed, if they were set
in his tail.
My man-monster hath drown'd his
tongue in sack: for my part, the sea cannot
drown me; I swam, ere I could recover the
shore, five and thirty leagues off and on. By
this light, thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster,
or my standard.
Your lieutenant, if you list; he 's no (20)
We'll not run, Monsieur Monster.
Nor go neither; but you'll lie like
dogs and yet say nothing neither.
Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if
thou beest a good moon-calf.
How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe.
I'll not serve him; he is not valiant.
Thou liest, most ignorant monster:
I am in case to justle a constable. Why, thou
deboshed fish, thou, was there ever man a
coward that hath drunk so much sack as I
to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being
but half a fish and half a monster?
Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let
him, my lord?
'Lord' quoth he! That a monster
should be such a natural!
Lo, lo, again! bite him to death, I
Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your
head: if you prove a mutineer,--the next tree!
The poor monster 's my subject and he shall
not suffer indignity.
I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be
pleased to hearken once again to the suit I
made to thee?
Marry, will I: kneel and repeat it; I
will stand, and so shall Trinculo.
Enter ARIEL, invisible.
As I told thee before, I am subject to
a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath (50)
cheated me of the island.
Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou:
I would my valiant master would destroy thee!
I do not lie.
Trinculo, if you trouble him any more
in's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some
of your teeth.
Why, I said nothing.
Mum, then, and no more. Proceed. (60)
I say, by sorcery he got this isle;
From me he got it. If thy greatness will
Revenge it on him,--for I know thou darest,
But this thing dare not,--
That's most certain.
Thou shalt be lord of it and I'll serve thee.
How now shall this be compassed?
Canst thou bring me to the party?
Yea, yea, my lord: I'll yield him thee asleep,
Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head. (70)
Thou liest; thou canst not.
What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch
I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows
And take his bottle from him: when that's gone
He shall drink nought but brine; for I'll not show him
Where the quick freshes are.
Trinculo, run into no further danger:
interrupt the monster one word further, and,
by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out o' doors
and make a stock-fish of thee. (80)
Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll
go farther off. (82)
Didst thou not say he lied?
Do I so? take thou that. [Beats Trin.]
As you like this, give me the lie another time.
I did not give the lie. Out o' your
wits and hearing too? A pox o' your bottle!
this can sack and drinking do. A murrain on
your monster, and the devil take your fingers! (90)
Ha, ha, ha!
Now, forward with your tale. Prithee,
stand farther off.
Beat him enough: after a little time
I'll beat him too.
Stand farther. Come, proceed.
Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him,
I' th' afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst brain him,
Having first seized his books, or with a log
Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember
First to possess his books; for without them
He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not
One spirit to command: they all do hate him
As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.
He has brave utensils,--for so he calls them,--
Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal.
And that most deeply to consider is
The beauty of his daughter; he himself
Calls her a nonpareil: I never saw a woman,
But only Sycorax my dam and she; (110)
But she as far surpasseth Sycorax
As great'st does least.
Is it so brave a lass?
Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant.
And bring thee forth brave brood.
Monster, I will kill this man: his
daughter and I will be king and queen,--save
our graces!--and Trinculo and thyself shall
be viceroys. Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo?
Give me thy hand: I am sorry I beat
thee; but, while thou livest, keep a good
tongue in thy head. (122)
Within this half hour will he be asleep:
Wilt thou destroy him then?
Ay, on mine honour.
This will I tell my master.
Thou makest me merry; I am full of pleasure:
Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch
You taught me but while-ere?
At thy request, monster, I will do
reason, any reason. Come on, Trinculo, let
us sing. [Sings. (130)
Flout 'em and scout 'em
And scout 'em and flout 'em;
Thought is free.
That 's not the tune. [Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe.
What is this same?
This is the tune of our catch, played
by the picture of Nobody.
If thou beest a man, show thyself in
thy likeness: if thou beest a devil, take 't as
O, forgive me my sins! (140)
He that dies pays all debts: I defy
thee. Mercy upon us! (142)
Art thou afeard?
No, monster, not I.
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises.
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, (150)
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.
This will prove a brave kingdom to
me, where I shall have my music for nothing.
When Prospero is destroyed.
That shall be by and by: I remember
The sound is going away; let's follow
it, and after do our work.
Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would (160)
I could see this taborer; he lays it on.
Wilt come? I'll follow, Stephano. [Exeunt.