Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, is a kindly man, but a student. His fondness for literature gives his enemies a chance to plot against him, and through the machinations of his own brother, Antonio, and the King of Naples, Prospero is dethroned and Antonio assumes his throne. The conspirators are afraid to execute Prospero, who is beloved by the people, so they take him to sea, and set him adrift in an open boat with his little daughter, Miranda, expecting that they would never be heard of again. Fortunately for Prospero and the child, they drift ashore on an island. It is inhabited solely by good fairies and wicked sprites. Prospero wins the favor of the former, and is able to subdue the latter and make them subservient to his will. On this island, father and daughter reside for twelve years. Then Prospero learns by his magic, that his brother, the King of Naples and the latter's son are passengers on a ship that is sailing near the island. By aid of his powers he is able to ...
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