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What I shall die to want: But this is trifling;
My mistress, dearest,
My husband then
farewell, Till half an hour hence. Fer.
A thousand! thousand!
[Exeunt Fer. and MIR. Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be, Who are surpriz’d with all ;* but my rejoicing At nothing can be more. I'll to my book; For yet ere supper time, must I perform Much business appertaining.
your fellow -] i.e. companion.
- here's my hand. Mira. And mine, with my heart in't :] It is still customary in the west of England, when the conditions
of a bargain are agreed upon, for the parties to ratify it by joining their hands, and at the same time for the purchaser to give an earnest. HENLEY.
* So glad of this as they, I cannot be,
Who are surpriz'd with all ;) The sense might be clearer, were we to make a slight transposition :
“ So glad of this as they, who are surpriz'd
“ With all, I cannot be" Perhaps, however, more consonantly with ancient language, should join two of the words together, and read
“ Who are surpriz'd withal. STEEVENS.
Another part of the Island.
Enter STEPHANO and TRINCULO; CALIBAN fol
lowing with a bottle.
Ste. 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.
Trin. Servant-monster? the folly of this island! They say, there's but five upon this isle: we are three of them; if the other two be brained like us, the state totters.
Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee; thy eyes are almost set in thy head.
Trin. Where should they be set else? he were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.
Ste. My man-monster hath drowned 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.
*Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.6
Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster.
Trin. Nor go neither: but you'll lie, like dogs ; and yet say nothing neither.
s-bear up, and board 'em :] A metaphor alluding to a chace at sea.
or my standard. Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.] Meaning, he is so much intoxicated, as not to be able to stand. The quibble between standard, an ensign, and standard, a fruit-tree that grows without support, is evident. Steevens.
Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf. Cal. How does thy honour? Let me lick thy
shoe: I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.
Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster; I am in case to justle a constable: why, thou deboshed fish thou," was there ever a 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?
Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him,
my lord ?
Trin. Lord, quoth he!-that a monster should be such a natural!
Cal. Lo, lo, again! bite him to death, I pr’ythee. Ste. 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. Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be
pleased To hearken once again the suit I made thee?
Ste. Marry will I : kneel and repeat it; I will stand, and so shall Trinculo.
Enter ARIEL, invisible.
thou deboshed fish thou,] the same as debauched.
I would, my valiant master would destroy thee :
Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Ste. Mum then, and no more.-[To Caliban.) Proceed.
Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle ;
Ste. That's most certain.
Ste. How now shall this be compassed? Canst thou bring me to the party?
Cal. Yea, yea, my lord ; I'll yield him thee asleep, Where thou may'st knock a nail into his head.
Ari. Thou liest, thou canst not.
him Where the quick freshes are.
Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this
9 What a pied ninny's this?] It should be remembered that Trinculo is no sailor, but a jester; and is so called in the ancient dramatis personæ. He therefore wears the party-coloured dress of one of these characters. Steevens.
Dr. Johnson observes, that Caliban could have no knowledge of the striped coat usually worn by fools ; and would therefore transfer this speech to Stephar.o. "But though Caliban might not know this circumstance, Shakspeare did. Surely he who has given to all countries and all ages the manners of his own, might forget himself here, as well as in other places. MALONE.
hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.
Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing; I'll go further off.
Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied ?
Ste. Do I so? take thou that. [Strikes him.] As you like this, give me the lie another time.
Trin. 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 !
Cal. Ha, ha, ha!
Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Pr’ythee stand further off.
Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time, I'll beat him too.
Ste. Stand further.—Come, proceed.
Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him l' the afternoon to sleep: there thou may'st brain
He's but a sot, as I am,] In the old romances the sorcerer iş always furnished with a book, by reading certain parts of which he is enabled to summon to his aid whatever dæmons or spirits he has occasion to employ. When he is deprived of his book, bis power ceases. Our author might have observed this circumstance much insisted on in the Orlando Innamorato of Boyardo; and also in Harrington's translation of the Orlando Furioso, 1591.