Act II, Scene 1, lines 1-184 Summary and Analysis
Adrian and Francisco: lords who accompany Alonso’s royal party
The scene is set on another part of the island, some distance from Prospero’s cell, where Alonso is grieving the supposed loss of his son, Ferdinand. Gonzalo attempts to offer words of comfort by pointing out that losing someone at sea is a common occurrence. It is a miracle that they have survived, considering the odds against them, and he advises Alonso to weigh that comforting thought against his sorrow. In a mood of pensive reflection, Alonso is unable to receive comfort and quietly pleads to be left alone. Insensitive to Alonso’s grief, Sebastian and Antonio begin baiting the king about his...
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