Sunday, December 13, 2015

298 Quiz Answer

The play is “The Tempest.”  Prospero lives on a remote island and along with him is a slave of his named Caliban, who is sort of a half-man and half whutizzit.  Caliban was born on the isle (his mother was a she-devil, and you what they’re like) and he is one of the most debated figures in all of theatrical history.  Is he just a belligerent monster or is he worthy of our sympathy?  Some say this play was Shakespeare’s cogent comment on the excesses of colonialism.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "W" is for "worker")

Here’s another scenelet that should remind you of a well-known play.  Which play?

“I appreciate your seeing me on such short notice.”

“Well, it’s a pleasure; we don’t get many visitors on the island.  In fact, you’re the first.”

“It’s a fascinating operation you’ve got here.  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Thomas Pilbeam, of the I L O.”

“Is that like the A F of L?”

“Sort of.  I L O stands for the International Labor Organization.  You can spell ‘labour’ with a ‘u’ or without.”

“Good to know.  But I guess I don’t understand why you’ve come here.”

“The I L O is working hard to protect domestic workers around the world.  Domestic workers often work excessively long hours, without breaks, days off or holidays. The pay is often very low, with wages frequently delayed.”

“It sounds like you’re doing fine work, which I certainly support.  But again, what does any of this have to do with me?”

“You have domestic workers, do you not?”

“I don’t know where you got your info, but you couldn’t be more wrong.  This is a very small island.  I live on it and I run things but I have no domestic workers, if by that you mean someone to cook and clean and so on.  There’s just one man, my assistant.  He does odd jobs…”

“And he is paid?”

“Of course.  When I first hired him he was living wildly on the island with no job, no money, nothing.  Now he has employment, a place to stay and regular meals.  That’s pay, and good pay too.”

“I’m afraid that the I L O would disagree with you on that.  He would be the type of tense worker who has no legal protection, someone excluded from legal legislation.”

“But you don’t understand all the things I’ve done for this guy!  He was vengeful at first, living like a savage – a cannibal, practically - and I taught him language!  You ought to hear how he has learned to cuss!”

(The answer will be posted Saturday.) 


naturgesetz said...

Sounds like Prospero talking about all he's done for Caliban in The Tempest.

Roger Owen Green said...

If I had answered this on Friday, I'd think it were Treasure Island.

Berowne said...

Naturgesetz, as he has so often before, steps up with the correct answer.

Trubes said...

Robinson Crusoe ?
best wishes,
ABCW team

Kathe W. said...

Shakespeare's The Tempest???

brudberg said...

Since you wrote a play it cannot be Robinson Crusoe which it sounds a lot like... Could it be Prospero on his Island in "the Tempest" ?

Berowne said...

A few more "winners"; Kathe W and brudberg both have the right answer.

Stafford Ray said...

I would have said Robinson Crusoe, and I guess I'm not Robinson Crusoe!

Leslie: said...

I'm thinking "The Tempest"?

Unknown said...

I really do not have a clue ;-)

Thank you for participating at such a loyal manor every week!

Have a nice abc-day / -week
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Tess Kincaid said...

I don't know Mr. B...but I like the way you write...

Berowne said...

Coming from you, Tess, that's a complimcnt indeed; thanks.

Jae Rose said...

I do so wish i had an answer - any answer - you are too clever by a mile Berowne!

Sheilagh Lee said...

I do not know but Merry Christmas

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