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The Tempest Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 2, Scene 1 Summary

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Act 2, Scene 1 Summary

On another part of the island, Gonzalo attempts to comfort Alonso, distressed because he believes Ferdinand is dead, but is repeatedly interrupted and mocked by Antonio, Sebastian, and Adrian. Alonso himself is too upset to be cheered, recalling that in addition to losing his son he's also lost his daughter. Sebastian tells him that the only reason he "lost" his daughter was that he permitted her to marry an African, a wedding that he and other advisors begged him not to allow. Gonzalo tells him he's being too harsh. Sebastian and Antonio continue to mock him, and Alonso tells him to be quiet. Ariel appears, lulls Gonzalo, Alonso and Adrian to sleep, and goes back out again.

Antonio and Sebastian wonder why they didn't fall asleep as well, and then Antonio speaks aloud a thought which he says he and Sebastian share -...

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