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In Shakespeare's play The Tempest, Miranda is the beautiful daughter of the old Duke Prospero.

Cast away with her father since she was three years old, she has lived an extremely sheltered existence. Though she has received a well-rounded education from her father, she is desperately lacking in real world experience. The fifteen year old does not choose her own husband; instead, Prospero sends Ariel, his spirit servant, to fetch Ferdinand while Miranda is asleep, and arranges things so that the two will come to love one another. Her sexual experience is limited to fighting off the lustful advances of her father's slave Caliban. From her limited knowledge of the world, she assumes that all men are good:

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. (I.ii.6–9)

Another aspect of her is her tendency to get emotionally attached. Even as she watches the massive storm caused by her father she becomes emotionally entwined with the fates of the mariners, Miranda is very prone to emotions:

O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer! (I.ii.5–6)

The Tempest (Wikipedia)

Dedicated to Miranda, the person that has "suffered" my whims for over 35 yrs and has borne us two sons ....

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