I came across this sentence in "The Tempest" by Shakespeare:

Know this far forth

This is Prospero's reply to question of Miranda in which she asks him why he raised that sea storm? How should I interpret it?

  • To read Shakespeare, you need one of the annotated versions. There are many in paperback.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 23:07
  • Frankly, if you're learning English, you shouldn't read Shakespeare as it is nowhere near modern English in both grammar and vocabulary. So this kind of question does not seem to fit ELL SE.
    – user21820
    Commented Nov 8, 2021 at 8:17
  • Please cite what comes BEFORE this. I don't want to go and look it up.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 21:20
  • First, get the right quote from: the searchable Shakespeare and quote it accurately.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 22 at 14:27

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The text should be "know thus far forth." Prospero is basically saying that she should listen to what he's about to say so that she will remember it in future; "Know" - understand, learn "thus" - what I'm about to say "far" - for a long time "forth" - from now.

  • While this is true, you should provide a link to a source that shows this to be true. Otherwise, you're stating this without any evidence. Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 19:46
  • @JasonBassfordSupportsMonica We aren't even supposed to be explaining text so unless this is closed, I don't see that it makes any difference.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 23:12

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