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O! I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,
Who had no doubt, some noble creature in her,
Dashed all to pieces. O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart.
The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2
Miranda, the daughter of Prospero, stands transfixed by the horror of the crashing ship, not knowing that her father’s magical powers are responsible for causing the storm. On board is Prospero’s traitor brother Antonio who years before seized his throne and exiled him to the remote island pictured above. But Prospero has allowed Antonio to survive so he can confront him with his treachery when he comes ashore.
Prospero, though, has also arranged for Miranda to fall in love with another passenger, Prince Ferdinand. The two of them will ultimately marry, allowing Miranda to escape her isolated existence.
Miranda–The Tempest was created in 1916 by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917). To discover more about this artist, click my previous blog,
John William Waterhouse, Miranda—The Tempest, 1916, oil on canvas, Private Collection.
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