• Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others

    GONZALO

    (to ALONSO) By 'r lakin, I can go no further, sir.
    My old bones ache. Here’s a maze trod indeed
    Through forthrights and meanders. By your patience,
    I needs must rest me.

    ALONSO

        Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
    5Who am myself attached with weariness
    To th' dulling of my spirits. Sit down and rest.
    Even here I will put off my hope and keep it
    No longer for my flatterer. He is drowned
    Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks
    10Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.

    ANTONIO

    (aside to SEBASTIAN) I am right glad that he’s so out of hope.
    Do not for one repulse forego the purpose
    That you resolved t' effect.

    SEBASTIAN

    (aside to ANTONIO)  The next advantage
    15Will we take throughly.

    ANTONIO

    (aside to SEBASTIAN) Let it be tonight,
    For now they are oppressed with travel. They
    Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance
    As when they are fresh.
    Solemn and strange music
    Enter PROSPERO on the top, invisible
  • ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others enter.

    GONZALO

    I swear, I can’t go any further, sir. My old bones are tired. We’re wandering in a maze. If you don’t mind, I need to rest a bit.

    ALONSO

    I can’t blame you, old lord. I’m so tired myself that it’s bringing me down. Sit down and rest. I’m losing hope. The one we’re looking for is dead. We’re searching on land, but he’s lost in the sea. We have to give up and let him go.

    ANTONIO

    (speaking so that only SEBASTIAN can hear) I’m glad he’s so depressed. Don’t back out of our plan just because it didn’t work the first time.

    SEBASTIAN

    (speaking so that only ANTONIO can hear) The next chance we get, we’ll do the deed.

    ANTONIO

    (speaking so that only SEBASTIAN can hear) Let’s do it tonight. The men are so tired from traveling that they can’t be as careful as they are when they’re fresh.
    Solemn and strange music is heard.
    PROSPERO enters above, invisible.