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The Cell of PRosPERo.

Enter PRosPERo, meeting MIRANDA.

Pro. Miranda, where's your sister

Mir. Sir, I saw her
Climbing tow'rds yon high point, whence I am come
From gazing on the ocean:—A brave creature,
(Who has, no doubt, some other creatures in her,)
Toss'd on the waste of waters,

Pro. Be collected;
I shall do nothing but in care of thee,
Of thee, my daughter, and thy pretty sister.—
You both are ignorant of what you are,
Nought knowing *
Of whence I am; nor that I am more better
Than Prospero, master of a full poor cell,
And your no greater father.

Mir. More to know
Did never meddle with my thoughts.

Pro. "Tis time, I should inform thee further.—Lend thy hand, And pluck my magic garment from me.—So ; [Lays down his Mantle and Wand. Lie there, my art.— The fated wreck of that same gallant ship I shall with such provision in mine art So safely order, That not so much perdition as a hair, Shall'tide to any creature in the vessel.— Sit down; For thou must now know further. Mir. You have often f Begun to tell me what I am ; but stopp'd, And left me to a bootless inquisition ; Concluding, “Stay, not yet.’ Pro. The hour's now come; The very minute bids thee ope thine ear; Obey, and be attentive.— [MIR ANDA sits down. Canst thou remember A time before we came unto this cell ? I do not think thou canst; for then thou wast not Out three years old. Mir. Certainly, sir, I can. Pro. By what by any other house, or person? Of any thing the image tell me, that Hath kept with thy remembrance. Mir. "Tis far off; And rather like a dream than an assurance That my remembrance warrants:—Had I not Four or five women once, that tended me * Pro. Thou hadst, and more, Miranda : But how is it, That this lives in thy mind What see'st thou else In the dark backward and abysme of time * If thou remember'staught, ere thou cam'st here, How thou cam'st here, thou may'st. Mir. But that I do not.

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