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The Tempest

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Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO
CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO enter.

STEPHANO
Tell not me. When the butt is out, we will drink water. Not a drop before. Therefore bear up and board 'em.—Servant- monster, drink to me.
STEPHANO
Don’t tell me that. When the barrel’s empty, we’ll drink water. Not one drop sooner. Therefore, drink up.—Servant-monster, drink a toast to me.

TRINCULO
“Servant-monster”? The folly of this island. They say there’s but five upon this isle. We are three of them. If th' other two be brained like us, the state totters.
TRINCULO
“Servant monster”? What a crazy island this is. They say there are only five people on it. We’re three of them. If the other two are as loopy as we are, our country’s in bad shape.

STEPHANO
Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee. Thy eyes are almost set in thy head.
STEPHANO
Drink when I order you, servant-monster. Your eyes look like they’ve sunk into your head.

TRINCULO
Where should they be set else? He were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.
TRINCULO
Where else should his eyes be, if not in his head? He’d be quite a monster if his eyes were in his tail.

STEPHANO
My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack. For my part, the sea cannot drown me. I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five and thirty leagues off and on. By this light, thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.
STEPHANO
My man—monster is so drunk he can’t talk. As for me, no liquid can harm me, neither booze nor the whole sea itself. Before I could get to shore, I swam thirty-five

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1 league = 3 miles

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in it and still survived.—Monster, you’ll be my lieutenant, or my flag-bearer.

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TRINCULO
Your lieutenant, if you list. He’s no standard.
TRINCULO
Lieutenant is better. He’s not standing straight enough to hold a flag.

STEPHANO
We’ll not run, Monsieur Monster.
STEPHANO
We’re not going to run in our army, Monsieur Monster.

TRINCULO
Nor go neither. But you’ll lie like dogs, and yet say nothing neither.
TRINCULO
Or walk either. You’ll just lie there like sleeping dogs and say nothing.

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