The Tempest

act 2 scene 1 :

why is it that Alonso , who has just survived a shipwreck, "takes comfort like cold porridge"'?

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Alonso responds badly to Gonzalo's good-hearted and carefully-worded attempt to cheer him up; "he receives comfort like cold porridge" is the simile that Sebastian uses to describe the King's reaction, and the comparison highlights King Alonso's sober, aloof, and disconsolate personality.