ROUND #2 CHALLENGE : Trinculo from The Tempest (ACT II, SCENE II)

"Here's neither bush nor shrub, to bear off any weather at all, and another storm brewing; I hear it sing i' the wind: yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor. If it should thunder as it did before, I know not where to hide my head: yond same cloud cannot choose but fall by pailfuls. What have we here? a man or a fish? dead or alive? A fish: he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish- like smell; a kind of not of the newest Poor-John. A strange fish! Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver: there would this monster make a man; any strange beast there makes a man: when they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lazy out ten to see a dead Indian. Legged like a man and his fins like arms! Warm o' my troth! I do now let loose my opinion; hold it no longer: this is no fish, but an islander, that hath lately suffered by a thunderbolt.

(Thunder Sound Effect!)

Alas, the storm is come again! my best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabouts: misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows. I will here shroud till the dregs of the storm be past."

About The Tempest:  The Tempest is a play about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. It is set on an island somewhere near Italy where Prospero, the one-time Duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live with a sprite called Ariel and a strange wildman called Caliban. Prospero is a powerful magician who creates a storm, or tempest, that sets the scene for the play. In the events that follow we see a plot to murder the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero and a romance between Miranda and the King’s son, Ferdinand. In the end everyone is forgiven and they all set sail for home.

About William Shakespeare: William Shakespeare (c. 1564-1616) is considered one of the most prolific playwrights in theatre history and a prominent literary figure of the English language. Shakespeare’s work included 38 plays, 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets, and a number of other poetry. Although no original manuscripts of Shakespeare’s plays are known to have survived, his colleagues collected his words into what is known as the ‘First Folio’.  Writing at a time when the English language was in its infancy, his works would contribute to standardizing its rules and grammar; in addition, it is likely that Shakespeare pioneered around 1,700 new words. Some examples of words commonly used today that were originally penned by Shakespeare: puking, addiction, assassination, fashionable, cold-blooded, negotiate, outbreak, swagger.

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