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Tales from Shakespeare

(2nd version)

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Published: 1807
Language: English
Wordcount: 100,056 / 280 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,395 4197

The Tempest
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Winter's Tale
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
Two Gentlemen Of Verona
Merchant of Venice
King Lear
All's Well That Ends Well
Taming of The Shrew
Comedy of Errors
Measure For Measure
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
Timon of Athens
Romeo And Juliet
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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hey had refused to execute her wicked commands. These gentle spirits were ever after obedient to the will of Prospero. Of these Ariel was the chief.

The lively little sprite Ariel had nothing mischievous in his nature, except that he took rather too much pleasure in tormenting an ugly monster called Caliban, for be owed him a grudge because he was the son of his old enemy Sycorax. This Caliban, Prospero found in the woods, a strange misshapen thing, far less human in form than an ape: he took him home to his cell, and taught him to speak; and Prospero would have been very kind to him, but the bad nature which Caliban inherited from his mother, Sycorax, would not let him learn anything good or useful: therefore he was employed like a slave, to fetch wood and do the most laborious offices; and Ariel had the charge of compelling him to these services.

When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel (who was invisible to all eyes but Prospero's) would come slyly and pinch him, and sometimes tumble him d



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