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What happens when Miranda and Ferdinand meet each other for the first time?

When Miranda and Ferdinand meet each other for the first time, they immediately fall in love. Miranda thinks of Ferdinand as "divine," while Ferdinand refers to Miranda as a "wonder." Prospero is well pleased at their mutual attraction.

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It's hard to imagine Shakespeare is not having some fun with the way Miranda and Ferdinand not only fall in love at first sight, but see each other as a god and a goddess.
Miranda is directed by Prospero to look at Ferdinand and tell him what she sees. Miranda says he looks "divine," like a god:
I might call him
A thing divine, for nothing natural
I ever saw so noble.
In matching language, when Ferdinand catches sight of Miranda, he envisions her as a goddess. He asks if she lives on the island and if she can help him to survive there. His "prime" question, however, is whether she a "wonder" (a supernatural being) or a woman ("maid").
Most sure, the goddess
On whom these airs attend!—Vouchsafe my prayer
May know if you remain upon this island,
And that you will...

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