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Ferdinand

The Tempest

Caves, Temples & Palaces

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Juliet’s biting reference to Romeo as “a gorgeous palace,” when she hears that Romeo has killed her cousin, contrasts with Romeo’s earlier reference to Juliet as “this holy shrine.” Both metaphors are echoed about fifteen years later near the end of Shakespeare’s career when Miranda in The Tempest speaks of Ferdinand in a similar figure of speech.
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Sonnets in Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare, who had begun writing his sonnets sometime in the 1590’s, decided that the form would be useful in Romeo and Juliet. In fact, he wrote four sonnets in the play. The first, spoken by a chorus, opens Act 1. The second appears in Act 1, Scene 5, and it is dialogue spoken by Romeo and Juliet.
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Boatswain!

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 A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard.
 Enter a Shipmaster and a Boatswain.
Master
Boatswain!
Boatswain
Here, master. What cheer?

Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea
for an acre of barren ground: long heath, brown
furze, anything.

Master
Good,
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Act 1
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Come unto these yellow sands

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Ariel
Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands.
Curtsied when you have, and kissed
The wild waves whist.
Foot it featly here and there,
And sweet sprites bear
The burden. Hark, hark!
Burden dispersedly, within: Bow-wow.
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Act 1
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Come unto these yellow sands

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Arielinvisible, playing and singing.

Come unto these yellow sands,
 And then take hands.
Curtsied when you have, and kissed
 The wild waves whist.
Foot it featly here and there,
 And sweet sprites bear
The burden. Hark,
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Why speaks my father so ungently?

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Miranda
Why speaks my father so ungently? This
Is the third man that e’er I saw, the first
That e’er I sighed for. Pity move my father
To be inclined my way.
Ferdinand
O, if a virgin,
And your affection not gone forth, I’ll make you
The Queen of Naples.

There’s nothing ill can dwell in such a temple.
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There be some sports are painful

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There be some sports are painful, and their labor
Delight in them sets off; some kinds of baseness
Are nobly undergone; and most poor matters
Point to rich ends.

…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,
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Act 3
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You look wearily

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Miranda
You look wearily.
Ferdinand
No, noble mistress, ’tis fresh morning with me
When you are by at night. I do beseech you,
Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers,
What is your name?

But you, O you,
So perfect and so peerless, are created
Of every creature’s best.
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If I have too austerely punished you

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Prospero, to Ferdinand
If I have too austerely punished 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.

Do not smile at me that I boast of her,
For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise
And make it halt behind her.
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Look thou be true

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Prospero, to Ferdinand
Look thou be true; do not give dalliance
Too much the rein. The strongest oaths are straw
To th’ fire i’ th’ blood. Be more abstemious,
Or else goodnight your vow.

The strongest oaths are straw
To th’ fire i’ th’ blood.

Ferdinand
I warrant you,
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Act 4
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Look thou be true; do not give dalliance

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Prospero, to Ferdinand 
Look thou be true; do not give dalliance
Too much the rein. The strongest oaths are straw
To th’ fire i’ th’ blood. Be more abstemious,
Or else goodnight your vow.

The strongest oaths are straw
To th’ fire i’ th’ blood.

Ferdinand
I warrant you,
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Act 4
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Now come, my Ariel. Bring a corollary

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Prospero
Now come, my Ariel. Bring a corollary
Rather than want a spirit. Appear, and pertly.
 Soft music.
No tongue. All eyes. Be silent.

Spirits, which by mine art
I have from their confines called to enact
My present fancies.

 Enter Iris.
Iris
Ceres, most bounteous lady,
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