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Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Tempest - Act II

The Tempest
Act II

This is a strange repose, to be asleep
With eyes wide open; standing, speaking, moving,
And yet so fast asleep

Swam ashore, man, like a duck: I can swim like a duck, I’ll be sworn.

The shipwreck survivors stand around blabbing about not much in particular, except to note that their clothing seems rather pristine for having gone through a shipwreck. Just as I was about to snooze off Ariel comes by playing “solemn” music and most of the party falls asleep. None of them can see her so those who are still awake find this rather unusual.

There seems to be some disagreement about whether Ferdinand is still alive. While the others snooze Antonio and Sebastian mull it over and are about to come to blows when Ariel happens by and wakes everyone up. Which serves to defuse the situation and off they go to see if they can locate Ferdinand.

Elswhere on the island Stephano and Trinculo, two members of the courtly entourage who survived the shipwreck, come upon Caliban and aren’t sure what to make of him. Stephano gets the idea of turning a nice profit by taking him back to civilization as a sort of curiosity. Caliban’s thought is that he’ll be their servant so that he can be free of his hated master Prospero.

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