The Tempest key quotes

Boatswain to Sebastian and Antonio “To cabin! Silence! Trouble us not.”
Sebastian to Boatswain “A pox your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog.”
Antonio to Boatswain “Hang, cur! Hang you whoreson, insolent noise-maker!”
Miranda to Prospero as flattery “Had I been any god of power”
Prospero to Miranda Tell your piteous heart, there’s no harm done”
Miranda “Good wombs have borne bad sons.”
Prospero possessive over Ariel “Approach, my Ariel. Come”
Prospero showing concern “But are they Ariel, safe?”
Prospero “Dost thou forget from what a torment I did free thee?”
Prospero “If thou more murmur’st, I will rend and oak and peg thee in his knotty entrails till thou hast howled away twelve winters.”
Miranda to Caliban – learned from Prospero “Abhorred slave”
Caliban to Miranda “The red plague rid you for learning me your language.”
Miranda about Ferdinand “I might call him a thing divine, for nothing natural I ever saw so noble”
Adrian – optimisic “The air breathes upon us here so sweetly”
Sebastian – cynical “As if it had lungs, and rotten ones”
Gonzalo – optimisic “How lush and lusty the grass looks! How green!”
Antonio – cynical “The ground indeed is tawny”
Gonzalo about his commonwealth “…riches, poverty and use of services, none…no occupation, all men idle, all, and women , too, but innocent and pure; no sovereignty”
Antonio to Sebastian “My strong imagination sees a crown dropping upon thy head”
Antonio to Alonso “‘Tis as impossible that he’s undrowned as he that sleeps here swims”
Antonio to Sebastian “And look how well my garments sit upon me”
Caliban to Stephano and Trinculo “I’ll show thee every fertile inch o’th’ island and I will kiss thy foot. I prithee, be my god”
Prospero showing omnipresence and control aside
Miranda to Ferdinand “Miranda – O my father, I have broke your hest to say so!”
Caliban “The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not…then in dreaming, the clouds, methought, would open and show riches ready to drop unpin me, that when I waked, I cried to dream again.”
Gonzalo reflecting Mannoni “I saw such islanders…who though they are of monstrous shape, yet note their manners are more gentle, kind, than of our human generation.”
Prospero to Sebastian, Antonio and Alonso “some of you here present are worse than devils”
Ariel to Sebastian, Antonio and Alonso “You are three men of sin…you ‘mongst men being most unfit to live”
Prospero to Ferdinand “If I have too austerely punished you…I have given you here a third of mine now lie, or that for which I live…thou hast strangely stood the test…I ratify my rich gift.”
Prospero to Ferdinand as a threat about Miranda’s virginity “Then as my gift and thine own acquisition…take my daughter. But if thou dost break her virgin-knot before all sanctimonious ceremonies…barren hate, sour-eyed disdain and discord shall bestrew”
Prospero abruptly ends the masque “I had forgot that foul conspiracy of the beats Caliban and his confederates against my life”
Prospero “the baseless fabric of this vision…we are such stuff that dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep”
Miranda “How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t.”
Prospero about Caliban “This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine”
Prospero to Ariel “My Ariel, chick, that is thy charge. Then to the elements be free, and fare thou well!”

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