"he will chase thy ship with a tempest"
Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath (1855)
Public DomainMacbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath (1855) - Credit: Théodore Chassériau

Pearl’s threat hardly contradicts Chillingworth’s accusation. Her words echo the imprecations of the first witch in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as she plots her revenge against a woman who refuses to share her chestnuts. The woman’s husband, a sailor, is at sea and the witch, aided by her sisters, vows to plague his ship with blasting gales: “Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-tost.”

Tempest at sea (1856)
Public DomainTempest at sea (1856) - Credit: Ivan Aivazovsky