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The Sea Voyage is a play by John Fletcher written around 1622, and first printed in the Fletcher and Beaumont Folio in 1647. A parody of sorts of The Tempest note  that also opens with a ship in a storm. The French pirate Albert has kidnapped Aminta, and is carrying her and a group of snobbish nobles when their ship hits the storm. They wreck on a deserted island and meet a pair of castaways: Nicusa and Sebastian, who promptly steal their ship after showing them stores of treasure. The nobles try to eat Aminta, and Albert discovers that the island is also home to a group of would-be Amazons. Hilarity Ensues.

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  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: Franvile, Lamure, Morillat and the Surgeon haven't even been stranded for a day before they're ready to eat Aminta.
  • Deus ex Machina: Raimond arrives with Sebastian and Nicusa just in time to save everybody from being killed by Rosilla, who happens to be Sebastian's long-lost wife.
  • Do Wrong, Right: When Tibalt discovers the attempted cannibalism, he has this to say:
    TIBALT: Oh, damn’d villains! —
    Speak; is it true?
    SURGEON: I confess an appetite.
    TIBALT: An appetite? I’ll fit ye for an appetite!
    Are ye so sharp-set that her flesh must serve you?
    Murder’s a main good service with your worships.
    Since ye would be such devils, why did you not
    Begin with one another handsomely,
    And spare the woman to beget more food on?
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Aminta tries to convince Albert to give up on their love so that he can avoid being killed by the jealous Clarinda.
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