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

    GONZALO

    (to ALONSO)
    Beseech you, sir, be merry. You have cause,
    So have we all, of joy, for our escape
    Is much beyond our loss. Our hint of woe
    5Is common. Every day some sailor’s wife,
    The masters of some merchant, and the merchant
    Have just our theme of woe. But for the miracle—
    I mean our preservation—few in millions
    Can speak like us. Then wisely, good sir, weigh
    10Our sorrow with our comfort.

    ALONSO

         Prithee, peace.

    SEBASTIAN

    (to ANTONIO) He receives comfort like cold porridge.

    ANTONIO

    (to SEBASTIAN) The visitor will not give him o'er so.

    SEBASTIAN

    Look he’s winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.

    GONZALO

    (to ALONSO) Sir—

    SEBASTIAN

    15 (to ANTONIO) One. Tell.

    GONZALO

    When every grief is entertained that’s offered,
    Comes to th' entertainer—
  • ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others enter.

    GONZALO

    (to ALONSO) Please cheer up, sir. Like all of us, you have a good reason to be happy. The fact that we’re alive outweighs our losses. Many people every day feel the sadness we feel now. Every day some sailor’s wife, a ship’s crew, the merchant who hired the ship all experience the same loss we’ve undergone. But the miracle—the fact that we were saved—only happens to a few people out of millions. So remember that, and take comfort in it, to counterbalance our sadness.

    ALONSO

    Please say no more.

    SEBASTIAN

    (to ANTONIO) Alonso enjoys these comforting words about as much as cold oatmeal.

    ANTONIO

    (to SEBASTIAN) But the goodwill ambassador won’t give up that easily.

    SEBASTIAN

    (to ANTONIO) Look. He’s like a clock winding up to strike the hour.

    GONZALO

    (to ALONSO) Sir—

    SEBASTIAN

    (to ANTONIO) There he goes! Now we can tell what time it is.

    GONZALO

    If we let every sad thing that happens to us get us down, then we would find ourselves—