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in length according to its interest and popularity, ana at the commencement of each play a short account of the plot or fable is given.
Dr. Dodd's well-known work, “ The Beauties of Shakspere,” has formed the basis of the present selection; but whilst Dodd's book has been pretty closely adhered to, yet many passages contained in it have been omitted as not suitable, and others not included in it have been incorporated.
Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, is cheated out of his dukedom by the intrigues of his brother Antonio, and is sent to sea with his infant daughter Miranda; in the frail boat in which they are embarked they reach an island, where, educated by her father, Miranda grows to womanhood. Prospero, who is a magician, with the help of Ariel, a familiar spirit, causes the king of Naples, with his son Ferdinand, and Antonio, the usurping brother, to be shipwrecked on the island. Ferdinand encounters Miranda, falls in love with her, and is accepted as her future husband. The play concludes with the resolution of Prospero to abandon magic and revisit his dukedom. The chief characters in the play are Prospero, the rightful Duke; Antonio, his usurping brother; Alonso, King of Naples; Ferdinand, his son ; Ariel, an airy spirit; Caliban, a savage and deformed slave; Gonzalo, an honest old counsellor of Naples, and Miranda, daughter of Prospero.
.. Act I.
O'the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary
Caliban. I must eat my dinner.
give me Water with berries in't : and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night : and then I lov'd thee,
* Imps, fairies.