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Act III, Scene 1 Summary

Act 3, scene 1, begins with Ferdinand stacking logs, a task that Prospero has appointed him to perform. While doing so, he thinks of Miranda, who then appears and implores him to take a break. The two sweethearts do not know that Prospero is lurking nearby. She tells Ferdinand that he can pause in his labors, but he is worried that it will get dark before he finishes with the logs. Miranda then proposes that she can carry on the task while he rests. Ferdinand wholeheartedly rejects this notion: he states that if he rested while she worked, it would be dishonorable. Overhearing this exchange, Prospero remarks on the disease that is love.

Up until this point, Ferdinand had not known Miranda's name. Despite the fact that Prospero cautioned her not to reveal it, when Ferdinand asks what her name is (saying that he might use it in prayer), she tells him. Ferdinand praises her perfection, which he says is unparalleled by the attributes of all other women. Miranda then explains her solitary existence: living only with her father and knowing no other women.

She states that, if she...

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