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The Tempest

The Tempest

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The Tempest The Supernatural Quotes

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But this rough magicI here abjure, and, when I have requiredSome heavenly music, which even now I do,To work mine end upon their senses thatThis airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,  Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,And deeper than did ever plummet soundI'll drown my book. (5.1.5)


Here, Prospero promises to break his staff and give up his magic forever but immediately after delivering this speech, Prospero holds Alonso in a "charm" and later orders Ariel to make sure the seas are calm so the cast can enjoy a peaceful and safe passage back to Italy.  So, is Prospero actually ready to give up his "rough magic"?

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