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The Tempest: Act V

ACT V. SCENE I. _Before the cell of Prospero._ _Enter PROSPERO in his magic robes, and ARIEL._ _Pros._ Now does my project gather to a head: My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time Goes upright with his carriage. How’s the day? _Ari._ On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord, You said […]

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The Tempest: Act IV

ACT IV. SCENE I. _Before PROSPERO’S cell._ _Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA._ _Pros._ If I have too austerely punish’d you, Your compensation makes amends; for I Have given you here a third of mine own life, Or that for which I live; who once again I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations 5 Were […]

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The Tempest: Act III

ACT III. SCENE I. _Before PROSPERO’S cell._ _Enter FERDINAND, bearing a log._ _Fer._ There be some sports are painful, and their labour Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness Are nobly undergone, and most poor matters Point to rich ends. This my mean task Would be as heavy to me as odious, but […]

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The Tempest: Act II

ACT II. SCENE I. _Another part of the island._ _Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others._ _Gon._ Beseech you, sir, be merry; you have cause, So have we all, of joy; for our escape Is much beyond our loss. Our hint of woe Is common; every day, some sailor’s wife, The masters of […]

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The Tempest: Act I

ACT I. SCENE I. _On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard._ _Enter _a Ship-Master_ and _a Boatswain_._ _Mast._ Boatswain! _Boats._ Here, master: what cheer? _Mast._ Good, speak to the mariners: fall to’t, yarely, or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir. [_Exit._ _Enter _Mariners_._ _Boats._ Heigh, my hearts! cheerly, cheerly, […]

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The Tempest: Dramatis Personae

The Tempest William SHAKESPEARE (1554 – 1616) Banished from his own lands by a usurping brother, Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been living on a deserted island for years, until fate brings the brother within the range of Prospero’s powers. Will he seek revenge, or reconcilement? (Summary by Karen Savage) Cast: Narrator – Great […]

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Romeo and Juliet, Act V

Act V. Scene I. Mantua. A Street. [Enter Romeo.] Romeo. If I may trust the flattering eye of sleep, My dreams presage some joyful news at hand; My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne; And all this day an unaccustom’d spirit Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts. I dreamt my lady came […]

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Romeo and Juliet, Act IV

ACT IV. Scene I. Friar Lawrence’s Cell. [Enter Friar Lawrence and Paris.] Friar. On Thursday, sir? the time is very short. Paris. My father Capulet will have it so; And I am nothing slow to slack his haste. Friar. You say you do not know the lady’s mind: Uneven is the course; I like it […]

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Romeo and Juliet, Act III

ACT III. Scene I. A public Place. [Enter Mercutio, Benvolio, Page, and Servants.] Benvolio. I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire: The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring. Mercutio. Thou art like one of these […]

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Romeo and Juliet, Act II

ACT II. Scene I. An open place adjoining Capulet’s Garden. [Enter Romeo.] Romeo. Can I go forward when my heart is here? Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out. [He climbs the wall and leaps down within it.] [Enter Benvolio and Mercutio.] Benvolio. Romeo! my cousin Romeo! Mercutio. He is wise; And, on […]

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