Passage: The Tempest, 3.2.82-106

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CALIBAN: Beat him enough: after a little time
I'll beat him too.
STEPHANO:                           Stand farther. Come, proceed.
CALIBAN: Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him,
I' th' afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst brain him,
Having first seized his books, or with a log
Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,                               [90]
Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember
First to possess his books; for without them
He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not
One spirit to command: they all do hate him
As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.
He has brave utensils,--for so he calls them--
Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal
And that most deeply to consider is
The beauty of his daughter; he himself
Calls her a nonpareil: I never saw a woman,                                 [100]
But only Sycorax my dam and she;
But she as far surpasseth Sycorax
As great'st does least.
STEPHANO:                           Is it so brave a lass?
CALIBAN: Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant.
And bring thee forth brave brood.

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