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Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
[Aside to SEBASTIAN. Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose That you
resolv'd to effect. Seb.
The next advantage
Let it be to-night;
I say, to-night: no more.
Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they
Seb. A living drollery: Now I will believe
I'll believe both;
If in Naples
a Islanders. The original has islands.
Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
I cannot too much muse
Praise in departing. [Aside.
No matter, since They have left their viands behind; for we have stomachs.-Will’t please you taste of what is here? Alon.
Not I. Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear: When we were boys, Who would believe that there were mountaineers Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at them Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find, Each putter-out of five for one will bring us Good warrant of. Alon.
I will stand to, and feed, Although my last : no matter, since I feel The best is past :-Brother, my lord the duke, Stand to, and do as we. Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy ;" claps
his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.
Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny (That hath to instrument this lower world,
a This is the reading of the original-of five for one. Malone reads, of one to five ; Steevens, on five to one. The putter-out is he who, being about to encounter the dangers of travel, deposits a sum of money to receive a larger sum if he returns in safety. Five for one appears to have been the rate for a very distant voyage. Five for one was therefore the technical term applied to a putter-out. He puts out at the rate of five for one.
And what is in 't) the never-surfeited sea
[Seeing Alon., SEB., 8c., draw their svorils.
your strengths, And will not be uplifted : But, remember, (For that's my business to you,) that you three From Milan did supplant good Prospero ; Expos’d unto the sea, which hath requit it, Him and his innocent child : for which foul deed The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures, Against your peace : Thee, of thy son, Alonso, They have bereft ; and do pronounce, by me, Ling’ring perdition (worse than any death Can be at once) shall step by step attend You, and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from (Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls Upon your heads) is nothing, but heart's sorrow, And a clear life ensuing. He vanishes in thunder : then, to soft music, enter the Shapes
again, and dance with mops and moves, and carry out the table.
Pro. Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou
a You is omitted in all modern editions.
In what thou hadst to say : so, with good life, a
Gon. I'the name of something holy, sir, why stand you
O, it is monstrous! monstrous !
But one fiend at a time,
I 'll be thy second.
[Exeunt SEB. and ANT. Gon. All three of them are desperate ; their great guilt, Like poison given to work a great time after, Now ’gins to bite the spirits :-I do beseech you, That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly, And hinder them from what this ecstacy May now provoke them to. Adr. Follow, I pray you.
a Good life-alacrity--energy-spirit.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF ACT
1 SCENE II.—“ The picture of Nobody." NOBODY was a gentleman who figured on ancient signs; and, in the anonymous comedy of "Nobody and Somebody,' printed before 1600, he is represented as above. 2 SCENE III.
“ Here's a maze trod, indeed,
Through forth-rights and meanders “! Mr. Hunter says that forth-rights here evidently means no more than straight lines. The passage is explained by the fact of the allusion being to an artificial maze, sometimes constructed of straight lines (forth-rights), sometimes of circles (meanders). The engraving exhibits a maze of forthrights.