As the scene opens, Ferdinand is carrying logs under the command of Prospero who has enslaved him with his magic. Though he is forced to stack thousands of logs, “sweet thoughts” of Miranda refresh his labors. Miranda enters, pleading with him to take a rest. Unaware of Prospero’s presence, she reasons that her father will be busy with his books for the next three hours, and it would be safe for Ferdinand to sit down for a while. He argues that the sun might set before he finishes his work. In desperation she begs him to relax while she takes over his log-carrying, but he refuses to subject her to such dishonor.
In an aside Prospero speaks of Miranda’s romantic love for Ferdinand as if it...
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