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Othello

1604–1605

William Shakespeare's signature

William Shakespeare


This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Othello by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Summary

Othello, a Moor and military general living in Venice, elopes with Desdemona, the daughter of a senator. Later, on Cyprus, he is persuaded by his servant Iago that his wife (Desdemona) is having an affair with Michael Cassio, his lieutenant. Iago's story, however, is a lie. Desdemona and Cassio try to convince Othello of their honesty but are rejected. Pursuing a plan suggested by Iago, Othello sends assassins to attack Cassio, who is wounded, while Othello himself smothers Desdomona in her bed. Iago's plot is revealed too late, and Othello commits suicide.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army

Desdemona, a Venetian lady

Brabantio, a Venetian senator, father to Desdemona

Iago, Othello’s standard-bearer, or “ancient”

Emilia, Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant

Cassio, Othello’s second-in-command, or lieutenant

Roderigo, a Venetian gentleman

Duke of Venice

Lodovico

Gratiano

Venetian gentlemen, kinsmen to Brabantio

Venetian senators

Montano, an official in Cyprus

Bianca, a woman in Cyprus in love with Cassio

Clown, a comic servant to Othello and Desdemona

Gentlemen of Cyprus

Sailors

Servants, Attendants, Officers, Messengers, Herald, Musicians, Torchbearers.


ACT 1


Scene 1

Enter Roderigo and Iago.

RODERIGO
line 0001Tush, never tell me! I take it much unkindly
line 0002That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
line 0003As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.
line 0004IAGO’Sblood, but you’ll not hear me!
5line 0005If ever I did dream of such a matter,
line 0006Abhor me.
RODERIGO
line 0007Thou toldst me thou didst hold him in thy hate.
line 0008IAGODespise me
line 0009If I do not. Three great ones of the city,
10line 0010In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,
line 0011Off-capped to him; and, by the faith of man,
line 0012I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.
line 0013But he, as loving his own pride and purposes,
line 0014Evades them with a bombast circumstance,
15line 0015Horribly stuffed with epithets of war,
line 0016And in conclusion,
line 0017Nonsuits my mediators. For “Certes,” says he,
line 0018“I have already chose my officer.”
line 0019And what was he?
20line 0020Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
line 0021One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
line 0022A fellow almost damned in a fair wife,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 9 line 0023That never set a squadron in the field,
line 0024Nor the division of a battle knows
25line 0025More than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric,
line 0026Wherein the togèd consuls can propose
line 0027As masterly as he. Mere prattle without practice
line 0028Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had th’ election;
line 0029And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof
30line 0030At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds
line 0031Christened and heathen, must be beleed and
line 0032calmed
line 0033By debitor and creditor. This countercaster,
line 0034He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,
35line 0035And I, God bless the mark, his Moorship’s ancient.
RODERIGO
line 0036By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman.
IAGO
line 0037Why, there’s no remedy. ’Tis the curse of service.
line 0038Preferment goes by letter and affection,
line 0039And not by old gradation, where each second
40line 0040Stood heir to th’ first. Now, sir, be judge yourself
line 0041Whether I in any just term am affined
line 0042To love the Moor.
RODERIGO
line 0043I would not follow him, then.
line 0044IAGOO, sir, content you.
45line 0045I follow him to serve my turn upon him.
line 0046We cannot all be masters, nor all masters
line 0047Cannot be truly followed. You shall mark
line 0048Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave
line 0049That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,
50line 0050Wears out his time, much like his master’s ass,
line 0051For naught but provender, and when he’s old,
line 0052cashiered.
line 0053Whip me such honest knaves! Others there are
line 0054Who, trimmed in forms and visages of duty,
55line 0055Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 11 line 0056And, throwing but shows of service on their lords,
line 0057Do well thrive by them; and when they have lined
line 0058their coats,
line 0059Do themselves homage. These fellows have some
60line 0060soul,
line 0061And such a one do I profess myself. For, sir,
line 0062It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
line 0063Were I the Moor I would not be Iago.
line 0064In following him, I follow but myself.
65line 0065Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
line 0066But seeming so for my peculiar end.
line 0067For when my outward action doth demonstrate
line 0068The native act and figure of my heart
line 0069In complement extern, ’tis not long after
70line 0070But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
line 0071For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.
RODERIGO
line 0072What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe
line 0073If he can carry ’t thus!
line 0074IAGOCall up her father.
75line 0075Rouse him. Make after him, poison his delight,
line 0076Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen,
line 0077And, though he in a fertile climate dwell,
line 0078Plague him with flies. Though that his joy be joy,
line 0079Yet throw such chances of vexation on ’t
80line 0080As it may lose some color.
RODERIGO
line 0081Here is her father’s house. I’ll call aloud.
IAGO
line 0082Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell
line 0083As when, by night and negligence, the fire
line 0084Is spied in populous cities.
RODERIGO
85line 0085What ho, Brabantio! Signior Brabantio, ho!
IAGO
line 0086Awake! What ho, Brabantio! Thieves, thieves!
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 13 line 0087Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags!
line 0088Thieves, thieves!

Enter Brabantio, above.

BRABANTIO
line 0089What is the reason of this terrible summons?
90line 0090What is the matter there?
RODERIGO
line 0091Signior, is all your family within?
IAGO
line 0092Are your doors locked?
line 0093BRABANTIOWhy, wherefore ask you this?
IAGO
line 0094Zounds, sir, you’re robbed. For shame, put on your
95line 0095gown!
line 0096Your heart is burst. You have lost half your soul.
line 0097Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
line 0098Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise!
line 0099Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,
100line 0100Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.
line 0101Arise, I say!
line 0102BRABANTIOWhat, have you lost your wits?
RODERIGO
line 0103Most reverend signior, do you know my voice?
line 0104BRABANTIONot I. What are you?
RODERIGO
105line 0105My name is Roderigo.
line 0106BRABANTIOThe worser welcome.
line 0107I have charged thee not to haunt about my doors.
line 0108In honest plainness thou hast heard me say
line 0109My daughter is not for thee. And now in madness,
110line 0110Being full of supper and distemp’ring draughts,
line 0111Upon malicious bravery dost thou come
line 0112To start my quiet.
line 0113RODERIGOSir, sir, sir—
line 0114BRABANTIOBut thou must needs be sure
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 15 115line 0115My spirit and my place have in them power
line 0116To make this bitter to thee.
RODERIGO
line 0117Patience, good sir.
line 0118BRABANTIOWhat tell’st thou me of robbing?
line 0119This is Venice. My house is not a grange.
120line 0120RODERIGOMost grave Brabantio,
line 0121In simple and pure soul I come to you—
line 0122IAGOZounds, sir, you are one of those that will not
line 0123serve God if the devil bid you. Because we come to
line 0124do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll
125line 0125have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse,
line 0126you’ll have your nephews neigh to you, you’ll have
line 0127coursers for cousins and jennets for germans.
line 0128BRABANTIOWhat profane wretch art thou?
line 0129IAGOI am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter
130line 0130and the Moor are now making the beast with
line 0131two backs.
line 0132BRABANTIOThou art a villain.
line 0133IAGOYou are a senator.
BRABANTIO
line 0134This thou shalt answer. I know thee, Roderigo.
RODERIGO
135line 0135Sir, I will answer anything. But I beseech you,
line 0136If ’t be your pleasure and most wise consent—
line 0137As partly I find it is—that your fair daughter,
line 0138At this odd-even and dull watch o’ th’ night,
line 0139Transported with no worse nor better guard
140line 0140But with a knave of common hire, a gondolier,
line 0141To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor:
line 0142If this be known to you, and your allowance,
line 0143We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs.
line 0144But if you know not this, my manners tell me
145line 0145We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe
line 0146That from the sense of all civility
line 0147I thus would play and trifle with your Reverence.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 17 line 0148Your daughter, if you have not given her leave,
line 0149I say again, hath made a gross revolt,
150line 0150Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes
line 0151In an extravagant and wheeling stranger
line 0152Of here and everywhere. Straight satisfy yourself.
line 0153If she be in her chamber or your house,
line 0154Let loose on me the justice of the state
155line 0155For thus deluding you.
line 0156BRABANTIOStrike on the tinder, ho!
line 0157Give me a taper. Call up all my people.
line 0158This accident is not unlike my dream.
line 0159Belief of it oppresses me already.
160line 0160Light, I say, light!He exits.
line 0161IAGOto Roderigo Farewell, for I must leave you.
line 0162It seems not meet nor wholesome to my place
line 0163To be producted, as if I stay I shall,
line 0164Against the Moor. For I do know the state,
165line 0165However this may gall him with some check,
line 0166Cannot with safety cast him, for he’s embarked
line 0167With such loud reason to the Cyprus wars,
line 0168Which even now stands in act, that, for their souls,
line 0169Another of his fathom they have none
170line 0170To lead their business. In which regard,
line 0171Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
line 0172Yet, for necessity of present life,
line 0173I must show out a flag and sign of love—
line 0174Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely find
175line 0175him,
line 0176Lead to the Sagittary the raisèd search,
line 0177And there will I be with him. So, farewell.He exits.

Enter Brabantio in his nightgown, with Servants and Torches.

BRABANTIO
line 0178It is too true an evil. Gone she is,
line 0179And what’s to come of my despisèd time
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 19 180line 0180Is naught but bitterness.—Now, Roderigo,
line 0181Where didst thou see her?—O, unhappy girl!—
line 0182With the Moor, sayst thou?—Who would be a
line 0183father?—
line 0184How didst thou know ’twas she?—O, she deceives
185line 0185me
line 0186Past thought!—What said she to you?—Get more
line 0187tapers.
line 0188Raise all my kindred.—Are they married, think
line 0189you?
190line 0190RODERIGOTruly, I think they are.
BRABANTIO
line 0191O heaven! How got she out? O treason of the blood!
line 0192Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters’ minds
line 0193By what you see them act.—Is there not charms
line 0194By which the property of youth and maidhood
195line 0195May be abused? Have you not read, Roderigo,
line 0196Of some such thing?
line 0197RODERIGOYes, sir, I have indeed.
BRABANTIO
line 0198Call up my brother.—O, would you had had her!—
line 0199Some one way, some another.—Do you know
200line 0200Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?
RODERIGO
line 0201I think I can discover him, if you please
line 0202To get good guard and go along with me.
BRABANTIO
line 0203Pray you lead on. At every house I’ll call.
line 0204I may command at most.—Get weapons, ho!
205line 0205And raise some special officers of night.—
line 0206On, good Roderigo. I will deserve your pains.

They exit.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21

Scene 2

Enter Othello, Iago, Attendants, with Torches.

IAGO
line 0207Though in the trade of war I have slain men,
line 0208Yet do I hold it very stuff o’ th’ conscience
line 0209To do no contrived murder. I lack iniquity
line 0210Sometimes to do me service. Nine or ten times
5line 0211I had thought t’ have yerked him here under the
line 0212ribs.
OTHELLO
line 0213’Tis better as it is.
line 0214IAGONay, but he prated
line 0215And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms
10line 0216Against your Honor,
line 0217That with the little godliness I have
line 0218I did full hard forbear him. But I pray you, sir,
line 0219Are you fast married? Be assured of this,
line 0220That the magnifico is much beloved,
15line 0221And hath in his effect a voice potential
line 0222As double as the Duke’s. He will divorce you
line 0223Or put upon you what restraint or grievance
line 0224The law (with all his might to enforce it on)
line 0225Will give him cable.
20line 0226OTHELLOLet him do his spite.
line 0227My services which I have done the signiory
line 0228Shall out-tongue his complaints. ’Tis yet to know
line 0229(Which, when I know that boasting is an honor,
line 0230I shall promulgate) I fetch my life and being
25line 0231From men of royal siege, and my demerits
line 0232May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune
line 0233As this that I have reached. For know, Iago,
line 0234But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
line 0235I would not my unhousèd free condition
30line 0236Put into circumscription and confine
line 0237For the sea’s worth. But look, what lights come
line 0238yond?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 IAGO
line 0239Those are the raisèd father and his friends.
line 0240You were best go in.
35line 0241OTHELLONot I. I must be found.
line 0242My parts, my title, and my perfect soul
line 0243Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?
line 0244IAGOBy Janus, I think no.

Enter Cassio, with Officers, and Torches.

OTHELLO
line 0245The servants of the Duke and my lieutenant!
40line 0246The goodness of the night upon you, friends.
line 0247What is the news?
line 0248CASSIOThe Duke does greet you, general,
line 0249And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance,
line 0250Even on the instant.
45line 0251OTHELLOWhat is the matter, think you?
CASSIO
line 0252Something from Cyprus, as I may divine.
line 0253It is a business of some heat. The galleys
line 0254Have sent a dozen sequent messengers
line 0255This very night at one another’s heels,
50line 0256And many of the Consuls, raised and met,
line 0257Are at the Duke’s already. You have been hotly
line 0258called for.
line 0259When, being not at your lodging to be found,
line 0260The Senate hath sent about three several quests
55line 0261To search you out.
line 0262OTHELLO’Tis well I am found by you.
line 0263I will but spend a word here in the house
line 0264And go with you.He exits.
line 0265CASSIOAncient, what makes he here?
IAGO
60line 0266Faith, he tonight hath boarded a land carrack.
line 0267If it prove lawful prize, he’s made forever.
CASSIO
line 0268I do not understand.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 line 0269IAGOHe’s married.
line 0270CASSIOTo who?
IAGO
65line 0271Marry, to—

Reenter Othello.

line 0272Come, captain, will you go?
line 0273OTHELLOHave with you.
CASSIO
line 0274Here comes another troop to seek for you.

Enter Brabantio, Roderigo, with Officers, and Torches.

IAGO
line 0275It is Brabantio. General, be advised,
70line 0276He comes to bad intent.
line 0277OTHELLOHolla, stand there!
RODERIGO
line 0278Signior, it is the Moor.
line 0279BRABANTIODown with him,
line 0280thief!

They draw their swords.

IAGO
75line 0281You, Roderigo! Come, sir, I am for you.
OTHELLO
line 0282Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust
line 0283them.
line 0284Good signior, you shall more command with years
line 0285Than with your weapons.
BRABANTIO
80line 0286O, thou foul thief, where hast thou stowed my
line 0287daughter?
line 0288Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her!
line 0289For I’ll refer me to all things of sense,
line 0290If she in chains of magic were not bound,
85line 0291Whether a maid so tender, fair, and happy,
line 0292So opposite to marriage that she shunned
line 0293The wealthy curlèd darlings of our nation,
line 0294Would ever have, t’ incur a general mock,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27 line 0295Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom
90line 0296Of such a thing as thou—to fear, not to delight!
line 0297Judge me the world, if ’tis not gross in sense
line 0298That thou hast practiced on her with foul charms,
line 0299Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals
line 0300That weakens motion. I’ll have ’t disputed on.
95line 0301’Tis probable, and palpable to thinking.
line 0302I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
line 0303For an abuser of the world, a practicer
line 0304Of arts inhibited and out of warrant.—
line 0305Lay hold upon him. If he do resist,
100line 0306Subdue him at his peril.
line 0307OTHELLOHold your hands,
line 0308Both you of my inclining and the rest.
line 0309Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it
line 0310Without a prompter.—Whither will you that I go
105line 0311To answer this your charge?
line 0312BRABANTIOTo prison, till fit time
line 0313Of law and course of direct session
line 0314Call thee to answer.
line 0315OTHELLOWhat if I do obey?
110line 0316How may the Duke be therewith satisfied,
line 0317Whose messengers are here about my side,
line 0318Upon some present business of the state,
line 0319To bring me to him?
line 0320OFFICER’Tis true, most worthy signior.
115line 0321The Duke’s in council, and your noble self
line 0322I am sure is sent for.
line 0323BRABANTIOHow? The Duke in council?
line 0324In this time of the night? Bring him away;
line 0325Mine’s not an idle cause. The Duke himself,
120line 0326Or any of my brothers of the state,
line 0327Cannot but feel this wrong as ’twere their own.
line 0328For if such actions may have passage free,
line 0329Bondslaves and pagans shall our statesmen be.

They exit.

Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 29

Scene 3

Enter Duke, Senators, and Officers.

DUKEreading a paper
line 0330There’s no composition in these news
line 0331That gives them credit.
FIRST SENATORreading a paper
line 0332Indeed, they are disproportioned.
line 0333My letters say a hundred and seven galleys.
DUKE
5line 0334And mine, a hundred forty.
SECOND SENATORreading a paper
line 0335And mine, two hundred.
line 0336But though they jump not on a just account
line 0337(As in these cases, where the aim reports
line 0338’Tis oft with difference), yet do they all confirm
10line 0339A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus.
DUKE
line 0340Nay, it is possible enough to judgment.
line 0341I do not so secure me in the error,
line 0342But the main article I do approve
line 0343In fearful sense.
15line 0344SAILORwithin What ho, what ho, what ho!

Enter Sailor.

line 0345OFFICERA messenger from the galleys.
line 0346DUKENow, what’s the business?
SAILOR
line 0347The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes.
line 0348So was I bid report here to the state
20line 0349By Signior Angelo.He exits.
DUKE
line 0350How say you by this change?
line 0351FIRST SENATORThis cannot be,
line 0352By no assay of reason. ’Tis a pageant
line 0353To keep us in false gaze. When we consider
25line 0354Th’ importancy of Cyprus to the Turk,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 31 line 0355And let ourselves again but understand
line 0356That, as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes,
line 0357So may he with more facile question bear it,
line 0358For that it stands not in such warlike brace,
30line 0359But altogether lacks th’ abilities
line 0360That Rhodes is dressed in—if we make thought of
line 0361this,
line 0362We must not think the Turk is so unskillful
line 0363To leave that latest which concerns him first,
35line 0364Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain
line 0365To wake and wage a danger profitless.
DUKE
line 0366Nay, in all confidence, he’s not for Rhodes.
line 0367OFFICERHere is more news.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER
line 0368The Ottomites, Reverend and Gracious,
40line 0369Steering with due course toward the isle of Rhodes,
line 0370Have there injointed them with an after fleet.
FIRST SENATOR
line 0371Ay, so I thought. How many, as you guess?
MESSENGER
line 0372Of thirty sail; and now they do restem
line 0373Their backward course, bearing with frank
45line 0374appearance
line 0375Their purposes toward Cyprus. Signior Montano,
line 0376Your trusty and most valiant servitor,
line 0377With his free duty recommends you thus,
line 0378And prays you to believe him.He exits.
50line 0379DUKE’Tis certain, then, for Cyprus.
line 0380Marcus Luccicos, is not he in town?
FIRST SENATOR
line 0381He’s now in Florence.
line 0382DUKEWrite from us to him.
line 0383Post-post-haste. Dispatch.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 33 FIRST SENATOR
55line 0384Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor.

Enter Brabantio, Othello, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo, and Officers.

DUKE
line 0385Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you
line 0386Against the general enemy Ottoman.
line 0387To Brabantio. I did not see you. Welcome, gentle
line 0388signior.
60line 0389We lacked your counsel and your help tonight.
BRABANTIO
line 0390So did I yours. Good your Grace, pardon me.
line 0391Neither my place nor aught I heard of business
line 0392Hath raised me from my bed, nor doth the general
line 0393care
65line 0394Take hold on me, for my particular grief
line 0395Is of so floodgate and o’erbearing nature
line 0396That it engluts and swallows other sorrows
line 0397And it is still itself.
line 0398DUKEWhy, what’s the matter?
BRABANTIO
70line 0399My daughter! O, my daughter!
line 0400FIRST SENATORDead?
line 0401BRABANTIOAy, to me.
line 0402She is abused, stol’n from me, and corrupted
line 0403By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks;
75line 0404For nature so prepost’rously to err—
line 0405Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense—
line 0406Sans witchcraft could not.
DUKE
line 0407Whoe’er he be that in this foul proceeding
line 0408Hath thus beguiled your daughter of herself
80line 0409And you of her, the bloody book of law
line 0410You shall yourself read in the bitter letter,
line 0411After your own sense, yea, though our proper son
line 0412Stood in your action.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 35 line 0413BRABANTIOHumbly I thank your Grace.
85line 0414Here is the man—this Moor, whom now it seems
line 0415Your special mandate for the state affairs
line 0416Hath hither brought.
line 0417ALLWe are very sorry for ’t.
DUKEto Othello
line 0418What, in your own part, can you say to this?
90line 0419BRABANTIONothing, but this is so.
OTHELLO
line 0420Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors,
line 0421My very noble and approved good masters:
line 0422That I have ta’en away this old man’s daughter,
line 0423It is most true; true I have married her.
95line 0424The very head and front of my offending
line 0425Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my speech,
line 0426And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace;
line 0427For since these arms of mine had seven years’ pith,
line 0428Till now some nine moons wasted, they have used
100line 0429Their dearest action in the tented field,
line 0430And little of this great world can I speak
line 0431More than pertains to feats of broil and battle.
line 0432And therefore little shall I grace my cause
line 0433In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious
105line 0434patience,
line 0435I will a round unvarnished tale deliver
line 0436Of my whole course of love—what drugs, what
line 0437charms,
line 0438What conjuration, and what mighty magic
110line 0439(For such proceeding I am charged withal)
line 0440I won his daughter.
line 0441BRABANTIOA maiden never bold,
line 0442Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion
line 0443Blushed at herself. And she, in spite of nature,
115line 0444Of years, of country, credit, everything,
line 0445To fall in love with what she feared to look on!
line 0446It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 37 line 0447That will confess perfection so could err
line 0448Against all rules of nature, and must be driven
120line 0449To find out practices of cunning hell
line 0450Why this should be. I therefore vouch again
line 0451That with some mixtures powerful o’er the blood,
line 0452Or with some dram conjured to this effect,
line 0453He wrought upon her.
125line 0454DUKETo vouch this is no proof
line 0455Without more wider and more overt test
line 0456Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods
line 0457Of modern seeming do prefer against him.
line 0458FIRST SENATORBut, Othello, speak:
130line 0459Did you by indirect and forcèd courses
line 0460Subdue and poison this young maid’s affections?
line 0461Or came it by request, and such fair question
line 0462As soul to soul affordeth?
line 0463OTHELLOI do beseech you,
135line 0464Send for the lady to the Sagittary
line 0465And let her speak of me before her father.
line 0466If you do find me foul in her report,
line 0467The trust, the office I do hold of you,
line 0468Not only take away, but let your sentence
140line 0469Even fall upon my life.
line 0470DUKEFetch Desdemona hither.
OTHELLO
line 0471Ancient, conduct them. You best know the place.

Iago and Attendants exit.

line 0472And till she come, as truly as to heaven
line 0473I do confess the vices of my blood,
145line 0474So justly to your grave ears I’ll present
line 0475How I did thrive in this fair lady’s love,
line 0476And she in mine.
line 0477DUKESay it, Othello.
OTHELLO
line 0478Her father loved me, oft invited me,
150line 0479Still questioned me the story of my life
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 39 line 0480From year to year—the battles, sieges, fortunes
line 0481That I have passed.
line 0482I ran it through, even from my boyish days
line 0483To th’ very moment that he bade me tell it,
155line 0484Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances:
line 0485Of moving accidents by flood and field,
line 0486Of hairbreadth ’scapes i’ th’ imminent deadly
line 0487breach,
line 0488Of being taken by the insolent foe
160line 0489And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence,
line 0490And portance in my traveler’s history,
line 0491Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,
line 0492Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads
line 0493touch heaven,
165line 0494It was my hint to speak—such was my process—
line 0495And of the cannibals that each other eat,
line 0496The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads
line 0497Do grow beneath their shoulders. These things to
line 0498hear
170line 0499Would Desdemona seriously incline.
line 0500But still the house affairs would draw her thence,
line 0501Which ever as she could with haste dispatch
line 0502She’d come again, and with a greedy ear
line 0503Devour up my discourse. Which I, observing,
175line 0504Took once a pliant hour, and found good means
line 0505To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart
line 0506That I would all my pilgrimage dilate,
line 0507Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
line 0508But not intentively. I did consent,
180line 0509And often did beguile her of her tears
line 0510When I did speak of some distressful stroke
line 0511That my youth suffered. My story being done,
line 0512She gave me for my pains a world of sighs.
line 0513She swore, in faith, ’twas strange, ’twas passing
185line 0514strange,
line 0515’Twas pitiful, ’twas wondrous pitiful.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 41 line 0516She wished she had not heard it, yet she wished
line 0517That heaven had made her such a man. She thanked
line 0518me,
190line 0519And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her,
line 0520I should but teach him how to tell my story,
line 0521And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake.
line 0522She loved me for the dangers I had passed,
line 0523And I loved her that she did pity them.
195line 0524This only is the witchcraft I have used.
line 0525Here comes the lady. Let her witness it.

Enter Desdemona, Iago, Attendants.

DUKE
line 0526I think this tale would win my daughter, too.
line 0527Good Brabantio,
line 0528Take up this mangled matter at the best.
200line 0529Men do their broken weapons rather use
line 0530Than their bare hands.
line 0531BRABANTIOI pray you hear her speak.
line 0532If she confess that she was half the wooer,
line 0533Destruction on my head if my bad blame
205line 0534Light on the man.—Come hither, gentle mistress.
line 0535Do you perceive in all this noble company
line 0536Where most you owe obedience?
line 0537DESDEMONAMy noble father,
line 0538I do perceive here a divided duty.
210line 0539To you I am bound for life and education.
line 0540My life and education both do learn me
line 0541How to respect you. You are the lord of duty.
line 0542I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my
line 0543husband.
215line 0544And so much duty as my mother showed
line 0545To you, preferring you before her father,
line 0546So much I challenge that I may profess
line 0547Due to the Moor my lord.
line 0548BRABANTIOGod be with you! I have done.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 43 220line 0549Please it your Grace, on to the state affairs.
line 0550I had rather to adopt a child than get it.—
line 0551Come hither, Moor.
line 0552I here do give thee that with all my heart
line 0553Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart
225line 0554I would keep from thee.—For your sake, jewel,
line 0555I am glad at soul I have no other child,
line 0556For thy escape would teach me tyranny,
line 0557To hang clogs on them.—I have done, my lord.
DUKE
line 0558Let me speak like yourself and lay a sentence,
230line 0559Which as a grise or step may help these lovers
line 0560Into your favor.
line 0561When remedies are past, the griefs are ended
line 0562By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
line 0563To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
235line 0564Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
line 0565What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
line 0566Patience her injury a mock’ry makes.
line 0567The robbed that smiles steals something from the
line 0568thief;
240line 0569He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
BRABANTIO
line 0570So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile,
line 0571We lose it not so long as we can smile.
line 0572He bears the sentence well that nothing bears
line 0573But the free comfort which from thence he hears;
245line 0574But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow
line 0575That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow.
line 0576These sentences to sugar or to gall,
line 0577Being strong on both sides, are equivocal.
line 0578But words are words. I never yet did hear
250line 0579That the bruised heart was piercèd through the
line 0580ear.
line 0581I humbly beseech you, proceed to th’ affairs of
line 0582state.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 45 line 0583DUKEThe Turk with a most mighty preparation makes
255line 0584for Cyprus. Othello, the fortitude of the place is
line 0585best known to you. And though we have there a
line 0586substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a
line 0587sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer
line 0588voice on you. You must therefore be content to
260line 0589slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this
line 0590more stubborn and boist’rous expedition.
OTHELLO
line 0591The tyrant custom, most grave senators,
line 0592Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war
line 0593My thrice-driven bed of down. I do agnize
265line 0594A natural and prompt alacrity
line 0595I find in hardness, and do undertake
line 0596This present wars against the Ottomites.
line 0597Most humbly, therefore, bending to your state,
line 0598I crave fit disposition for my wife,
270line 0599Due reference of place and exhibition,
line 0600With such accommodation and besort
line 0601As levels with her breeding.
DUKE
line 0602Why, at her father’s.
line 0603BRABANTIOI will not have it so.
275line 0604OTHELLONor I.
line 0605DESDEMONANor would I there reside
line 0606To put my father in impatient thoughts
line 0607By being in his eye. Most gracious duke,
line 0608To my unfolding lend your prosperous ear
280line 0609And let me find a charter in your voice
line 0610T’ assist my simpleness.
line 0611DUKEWhat would you, Desdemona?
DESDEMONA
line 0612That I love the Moor to live with him
line 0613My downright violence and storm of fortunes
285line 0614May trumpet to the world. My heart’s subdued
line 0615Even to the very quality of my lord.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 47 line 0616I saw Othello’s visage in his mind,
line 0617And to his honors and his valiant parts
line 0618Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.
290line 0619So that, dear lords, if I be left behind,
line 0620A moth of peace, and he go to the war,
line 0621The rites for why I love him are bereft me
line 0622And I a heavy interim shall support
line 0623By his dear absence. Let me go with him.
295line 0624OTHELLOLet her have your voice.
line 0625Vouch with me, heaven, I therefore beg it not
line 0626To please the palate of my appetite,
line 0627Nor to comply with heat (the young affects
line 0628In me defunct) and proper satisfaction,
300line 0629But to be free and bounteous to her mind.
line 0630And heaven defend your good souls that you think
line 0631I will your serious and great business scant
line 0632For she is with me. No, when light-winged toys
line 0633Of feathered Cupid seel with wanton dullness
305line 0634My speculative and officed instruments,
line 0635That my disports corrupt and taint my business,
line 0636Let housewives make a skillet of my helm,
line 0637And all indign and base adversities
line 0638Make head against my estimation.
DUKE
310line 0639Be it as you shall privately determine,
line 0640Either for her stay or going. Th’ affair cries haste,
line 0641And speed must answer it.
FIRST SENATOR
line 0642You must away tonight.
line 0643OTHELLOWith all my
315line 0644heart.
DUKE
line 0645At nine i’ th’ morning here we’ll meet again.
line 0646Othello, leave some officer behind
line 0647And he shall our commission bring to you,
line 0648With such things else of quality and respect
320line 0649As doth import you.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 49 line 0650OTHELLOSo please your Grace, my
line 0651ancient.
line 0652A man he is of honesty and trust.
line 0653To his conveyance I assign my wife,
325line 0654With what else needful your good Grace shall think
line 0655To be sent after me.
line 0656DUKELet it be so.
line 0657Good night to everyone. To Brabantio. And, noble
line 0658signior,
330line 0659If virtue no delighted beauty lack,
line 0660Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.
FIRST SENATOR
line 0661Adieu, brave Moor, use Desdemona well.
BRABANTIO
line 0662Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see.
line 0663She has deceived her father, and may thee.He exits.
OTHELLO
335line 0664My life upon her faith!

The Duke, the Senators, Cassio, and Officers exit.

line 0665Honest Iago,
line 0666My Desdemona must I leave to thee.
line 0667I prithee let thy wife attend on her,
line 0668And bring them after in the best advantage.—
340line 0669Come, Desdemona, I have but an hour
line 0670Of love, of worldly matters, and direction
line 0671To spend with thee. We must obey the time.

Othello and Desdemona exit.

line 0672RODERIGOIago—
line 0673IAGOWhat sayst thou, noble heart?
345line 0674RODERIGOWhat will I do, think’st thou?
line 0675IAGOWhy, go to bed and sleep.
line 0676RODERIGOI will incontinently drown myself.
line 0677IAGOIf thou dost, I shall never love thee after. Why,
line 0678thou silly gentleman!
350line 0679RODERIGOIt is silliness to live, when to live is torment,
line 0680and then have we a prescription to die when death is
line 0681our physician.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 51 line 0682IAGOO, villainous! I have looked upon the world for
line 0683four times seven years, and since I could distinguish
355line 0684betwixt a benefit and an injury, I never found
line 0685man that knew how to love himself. Ere I would say
line 0686I would drown myself for the love of a guinea hen, I
line 0687would change my humanity with a baboon.
line 0688RODERIGOWhat should I do? I confess it is my shame
360line 0689to be so fond, but it is not in my virtue to amend it.
line 0690IAGOVirtue? A fig! ’Tis in ourselves that we are thus or
line 0691thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our
line 0692wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles
line 0693or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme,
365line 0694supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it
line 0695with many, either to have it sterile with idleness or
line 0696manured with industry, why the power and corrigible
line 0697authority of this lies in our wills. If the balance
line 0698of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise
370line 0699another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our
line 0700natures would conduct us to most prepost’rous
line 0701conclusions. But we have reason to cool our raging
line 0702motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts—
line 0703whereof I take this that you call love to be a sect, or
375line 0704scion.
line 0705RODERIGOIt cannot be.
line 0706IAGOIt is merely a lust of the blood and a permission
line 0707of the will. Come, be a man! Drown thyself? Drown
line 0708cats and blind puppies. I have professed me thy
380line 0709friend, and I confess me knit to thy deserving
line 0710with cables of perdurable toughness. I could never
line 0711better stead thee than now. Put money in thy purse.
line 0712Follow thou the wars; defeat thy favor with an
line 0713usurped beard. I say, put money in thy purse. It
385line 0714cannot be that Desdemona should long continue
line 0715her love to the Moor—put money in thy purse—
line 0716nor he his to her. It was a violent commencement in
line 0717her, and thou shalt see an answerable sequestration
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 53 line 0718—put but money in thy purse. These Moors are
390line 0719changeable in their wills. Fill thy purse with money.
line 0720The food that to him now is as luscious as locusts
line 0721shall be to him shortly as bitter as coloquintida.
line 0722She must change for youth. When she is sated
line 0723with his body she will find the error of her choice.
395line 0724Therefore, put money in thy purse. If thou wilt
line 0725needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than
line 0726drowning. Make all the money thou canst. If sanctimony
line 0727and a frail vow betwixt an erring barbarian
line 0728and a supersubtle Venetian be not too hard for my
400line 0729wits and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy her.
line 0730Therefore make money. A pox of drowning thyself!
line 0731It is clean out of the way. Seek thou rather to be
line 0732hanged in compassing thy joy than to be drowned
line 0733and go without her.
405line 0734RODERIGOWilt thou be fast to my hopes if I depend on
line 0735the issue?
line 0736IAGOThou art sure of me. Go, make money. I have
line 0737told thee often, and I retell thee again and again, I
line 0738hate the Moor. My cause is hearted; thine hath no
410line 0739less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge
line 0740against him. If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost
line 0741thyself a pleasure, me a sport. There are many
line 0742events in the womb of time which will be delivered.
line 0743Traverse, go, provide thy money. We will have more
415line 0744of this tomorrow. Adieu.
line 0745RODERIGOWhere shall we meet i’ th’ morning?
line 0746IAGOAt my lodging.
line 0747RODERIGOI’ll be with thee betimes.
line 0748IAGOGo to, farewell. Do you hear, Roderigo?
420line 0749RODERIGOWhat say you?
line 0750IAGONo more of drowning, do you hear?
line 0751RODERIGOI am changed.
line 0752IAGOGo to, farewell. Put money enough in your
line 0753purse.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 55 425line 0754RODERIGOI’ll sell all my land.He exits.
IAGO
line 0755Thus do I ever make my fool my purse.
line 0756For I mine own gained knowledge should profane
line 0757If I would time expend with such a snipe
line 0758But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor,
430line 0759And it is thought abroad that ’twixt my sheets
line 0760’Has done my office. I know not if ’t be true,
line 0761But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
line 0762Will do as if for surety. He holds me well.
line 0763The better shall my purpose work on him.
435line 0764Cassio’s a proper man. Let me see now:
line 0765To get his place and to plume up my will
line 0766In double knavery—How? how?—Let’s see.
line 0767After some time, to abuse Othello’s ear
line 0768That he is too familiar with his wife.
440line 0769He hath a person and a smooth dispose
line 0770To be suspected, framed to make women false.
line 0771The Moor is of a free and open nature
line 0772That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,
line 0773And will as tenderly be led by th’ nose
445line 0774As asses are.
line 0775I have ’t. It is engendered. Hell and night
line 0776Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light.

He exits.


ACT 2


Scene 1

Enter Montano and two Gentlemen.

MONTANO
line 0777What from the cape can you discern at sea?
FIRST GENTLEMAN
line 0778Nothing at all. It is a high-wrought flood.
line 0779I cannot ’twixt the heaven and the main
line 0780Descry a sail.
MONTANO
5line 0781Methinks the wind hath spoke aloud at land.
line 0782A fuller blast ne’er shook our battlements.
line 0783If it hath ruffianed so upon the sea,
line 0784What ribs of oak, when mountains melt on them,
line 0785Can hold the mortise? What shall we hear of this?
SECOND GENTLEMAN
10line 0786A segregation of the Turkish fleet.
line 0787For do but stand upon the foaming shore,
line 0788The chidden billow seems to pelt the clouds,
line 0789The wind-shaked surge, with high and monstrous
line 0790mane,
15line 0791Seems to cast water on the burning Bear
line 0792And quench the guards of th’ ever-fixèd pole.
line 0793I never did like molestation view
line 0794On the enchafèd flood.
line 0795MONTANOIf that the Turkish fleet
20line 0796Be not ensheltered and embayed, they are drowned.
line 0797It is impossible to bear it out.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 61

Enter a third Gentleman.

line 0798THIRD GENTLEMANNews, lads! Our wars are done.
line 0799The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks
line 0800That their designment halts. A noble ship of Venice
25line 0801Hath seen a grievous wrack and sufferance
line 0802On most part of their fleet.
MONTANO
line 0803How? Is this true?
line 0804THIRD GENTLEMANThe ship is here put in,
line 0805A Veronesa. Michael Cassio,
30line 0806Lieutenant to the warlike Moor Othello,
line 0807Is come on shore; the Moor himself at sea,
line 0808And is in full commission here for Cyprus.
MONTANO
line 0809I am glad on ’t. ’Tis a worthy governor.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
line 0810But this same Cassio, though he speak of comfort
35line 0811Touching the Turkish loss, yet he looks sadly
line 0812And prays the Moor be safe, for they were parted
line 0813With foul and violent tempest.
line 0814MONTANOPray heaven he be;
line 0815For I have served him, and the man commands
40line 0816Like a full soldier. Let’s to the seaside, ho!
line 0817As well to see the vessel that’s come in
line 0818As to throw out our eyes for brave Othello,
line 0819Even till we make the main and th’ aerial blue
line 0820An indistinct regard.
45line 0821THIRD GENTLEMANCome, let’s do so;
line 0822For every minute is expectancy
line 0823Of more arrivance.

Enter Cassio.

CASSIO
line 0824Thanks, you the valiant of this warlike isle,
line 0825That so approve the Moor! O, let the heavens
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 63 50line 0826Give him defense against the elements,
line 0827For I have lost him on a dangerous sea.
line 0828MONTANOIs he well shipped?
CASSIO
line 0829His bark is stoutly timbered, and his pilot
line 0830Of very expert and approved allowance;
55line 0831Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death,
line 0832Stand in bold cure.

Voices cry within. “A sail, a sail, a sail!”

Enter a Messenger.

line 0833CASSIOWhat noise?
MESSENGER
line 0834The town is empty; on the brow o’ th’ sea
line 0835Stand ranks of people, and they cry “A sail!”
CASSIO
60line 0836My hopes do shape him for the Governor.

A shot.

SECOND GENTLEMAN
line 0837They do discharge their shot of courtesy.
line 0838Our friends, at least.
line 0839CASSIOI pray you, sir, go forth,
line 0840And give us truth who ’tis that is arrived.
65line 0841SECOND GENTLEMANI shall.He exits.
MONTANO
line 0842But, good lieutenant, is your general wived?
CASSIO
line 0843Most fortunately. He hath achieved a maid
line 0844That paragons description and wild fame,
line 0845One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens,
70line 0846And in th’ essential vesture of creation
line 0847Does tire the ingener.

Enter Second Gentleman.

line 0848How now? Who has put in?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 65 SECOND GENTLEMAN
line 0849’Tis one Iago, ancient to the General.
CASSIO
line 0850’Has had most favorable and happy speed!
75line 0851Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling winds,
line 0852The guttered rocks and congregated sands
line 0853(Traitors ensteeped to clog the guiltless keel),
line 0854As having sense of beauty, do omit
line 0855Their mortal natures, letting go safely by
80line 0856The divine Desdemona.
line 0857MONTANOWhat is she?
CASSIO
line 0858She that I spake of, our great captain’s captain,
line 0859Left in the conduct of the bold Iago,
line 0860Whose footing here anticipates our thoughts
85line 0861A sennight’s speed. Great Jove, Othello guard,
line 0862And swell his sail with thine own powerful breath,
line 0863That he may bless this bay with his tall ship,
line 0864Make love’s quick pants in Desdemona’s arms,
line 0865Give renewed fire to our extincted spirits,
90line 0866And bring all Cyprus comfort!

Enter Desdemona, Iago, Roderigo, and Emilia.

line 0867O, behold,
line 0868The riches of the ship is come on shore!
line 0869You men of Cyprus, let her have your knees.

He kneels.

line 0870Hail to thee, lady, and the grace of heaven,
95line 0871Before, behind thee, and on every hand
line 0872Enwheel thee round.He rises.
line 0873DESDEMONAI thank you, valiant Cassio.
line 0874What tidings can you tell of my lord?
CASSIO
line 0875He is not yet arrived, nor know I aught
100line 0876But that he’s well and will be shortly here.
DESDEMONA
line 0877O, but I fear—How lost you company?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 67 CASSIO
line 0878The great contention of sea and skies
line 0879Parted our fellowship.

Within “A sail, a sail!” A shot.

line 0880But hark, a sail!
SECOND GENTLEMAN
105line 0881They give their greeting to the citadel.
line 0882This likewise is a friend.
line 0883CASSIOSee for the news.

Second Gentleman exits.

line 0884Good ancient, you are welcome. Welcome, mistress.

He kisses Emilia.

line 0885Let it not gall your patience, good Iago,
110line 0886That I extend my manners. ’Tis my breeding
line 0887That gives me this bold show of courtesy.
IAGO
line 0888Sir, would she give you so much of her lips
line 0889As of her tongue she oft bestows on me,
line 0890You would have enough.
DESDEMONA
115line 0891Alas, she has no speech!
line 0892IAGOIn faith, too much.
line 0893I find it still when I have list to sleep.
line 0894Marry, before your Ladyship, I grant,
line 0895She puts her tongue a little in her heart
120line 0896And chides with thinking.
line 0897EMILIAYou have little cause to say so.
line 0898IAGOCome on, come on! You are pictures out of door,
line 0899bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchens,
line 0900saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players
125line 0901in your huswifery, and huswives in your beds.
line 0902DESDEMONAOh, fie upon thee, slanderer.
IAGO
line 0903Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk.
line 0904You rise to play, and go to bed to work.
EMILIA
line 0905You shall not write my praise.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 69 130line 0906IAGONo, let me not.
DESDEMONA
line 0907What wouldst write of me if thou shouldst praise
line 0908me?
IAGO
line 0909O, gentle lady, do not put me to ’t,
line 0910For I am nothing if not critical.
DESDEMONA
135line 0911Come on, assay.—There’s one gone to the harbor?
line 0912IAGOAy, madam.
DESDEMONAaside
line 0913I am not merry, but I do beguile
line 0914The thing I am by seeming otherwise.—
line 0915Come, how wouldst thou praise me?
140line 0916IAGOI am about it, but indeed my invention comes
line 0917from my pate as birdlime does from frieze: it
line 0918plucks out brains and all. But my muse labors, and
line 0919thus she is delivered:
line 0920If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit,
145line 0921The one’s for use, the other useth it.
DESDEMONA
line 0922Well praised! How if she be black and witty?
IAGO
line 0923If she be black, and thereto have a wit,
line 0924She’ll find a white that shall her blackness hit.
DESDEMONA
line 0925Worse and worse.
150line 0926EMILIAHow if fair and foolish?
IAGO
line 0927She never yet was foolish that was fair,
line 0928For even her folly helped her to an heir.
line 0929DESDEMONAThese are old fond paradoxes to make
line 0930fools laugh i’ th’ alehouse. What miserable praise
155line 0931hast thou for her that’s foul and foolish?
IAGO
line 0932There’s none so foul and foolish thereunto,
line 0933But does foul pranks which fair and wise ones do.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 71 line 0934DESDEMONAO heavy ignorance! Thou praisest the
line 0935worst best. But what praise couldst thou bestow on
160line 0936a deserving woman indeed, one that in the authority
line 0937of her merit did justly put on the vouch of very
line 0938malice itself?
IAGO
line 0939She that was ever fair and never proud,
line 0940Had tongue at will and yet was never loud,
165line 0941Never lacked gold and yet went never gay,
line 0942Fled from her wish, and yet said “Now I may,”
line 0943She that being angered, her revenge being nigh,
line 0944Bade her wrong stay and her displeasure fly,
line 0945She that in wisdom never was so frail
170line 0946To change the cod’s head for the salmon’s tail,
line 0947She that could think and ne’er disclose her mind,
line 0948See suitors following and not look behind,
line 0949She was a wight, if ever such wight were—
line 0950DESDEMONATo do what?
IAGO
175line 0951To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.
line 0952DESDEMONAO, most lame and impotent conclusion!
line 0953—Do not learn of him, Emilia, though he be thy
line 0954husband.—How say you, Cassio? Is he not a most
line 0955profane and liberal counselor?
180line 0956CASSIOHe speaks home, madam. You may relish him
line 0957more in the soldier than in the scholar.

Cassio takes Desdemona’s hand.

line 0958IAGOaside He takes her by the palm. Ay, well said,
line 0959whisper. With as little a web as this will I ensnare as
line 0960great a fly as Cassio. Ay, smile upon her, do. I will
185line 0961gyve thee in thine own courtship. You say true, ’tis
line 0962so indeed. If such tricks as these strip you out of
line 0963your lieutenantry, it had been better you had not
line 0964kissed your three fingers so oft, which now again
line 0965you are most apt to play the sir in. Very good; well
190line 0966kissed; an excellent courtesy! ’Tis so, indeed. Yet
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 73 line 0967again your fingers to your lips? Would they were
line 0968clyster pipes for your sake!Trumpets within.
line 0969The Moor. I know his trumpet.
line 0970CASSIO’Tis truly so.
195line 0971DESDEMONALet’s meet him and receive him.
line 0972CASSIOLo, where he comes!

Enter Othello and Attendants.

OTHELLO
line 0973O, my fair warrior!
line 0974DESDEMONAMy dear Othello!
OTHELLO
line 0975It gives me wonder great as my content
200line 0976To see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!
line 0977If after every tempest come such calms,
line 0978May the winds blow till they have wakened death,
line 0979And let the laboring bark climb hills of seas
line 0980Olympus high, and duck again as low
205line 0981As hell’s from heaven! If it were now to die,
line 0982’Twere now to be most happy, for I fear
line 0983My soul hath her content so absolute
line 0984That not another comfort like to this
line 0985Succeeds in unknown fate.
210line 0986DESDEMONAThe heavens forbid
line 0987But that our loves and comforts should increase
line 0988Even as our days do grow!
line 0989OTHELLOAmen to that, sweet powers!
line 0990I cannot speak enough of this content.
215line 0991It stops me here; it is too much of joy.They kiss.
line 0992And this, and this, the greatest discords be
line 0993That e’er our hearts shall make!
line 0994IAGOaside O, you are well tuned now,
line 0995But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music,
220line 0996As honest as I am.
line 0997OTHELLOCome. Let us to the castle.—
line 0998News, friends! Our wars are done. The Turks are
line 0999drowned.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 75 line 1000How does my old acquaintance of this isle?—
225line 1001Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus.
line 1002I have found great love amongst them. O, my sweet,
line 1003I prattle out of fashion, and I dote
line 1004In mine own comforts.—I prithee, good Iago,
line 1005Go to the bay and disembark my coffers.
230line 1006Bring thou the master to the citadel.
line 1007He is a good one, and his worthiness
line 1008Does challenge much respect.—Come, Desdemona.
line 1009Once more, well met at Cyprus.

All but Iago and Roderigo exit.

line 1010IAGOto a departing Attendant Do thou meet me presently
235line 1011at the harbor. To Roderigo. Come hither. If
line 1012thou be’st valiant—as they say base men being in
line 1013love have then a nobility in their natures more than
line 1014is native to them—list me. The Lieutenant tonight
line 1015watches on the court of guard. First, I must tell thee
240line 1016this: Desdemona is directly in love with him.
line 1017RODERIGOWith him? Why, ’tis not possible.
line 1018IAGOLay thy finger thus, and let thy soul be instructed.
line 1019Mark me with what violence she first loved the
line 1020Moor but for bragging and telling her fantastical
245line 1021lies. And will she love him still for prating? Let not
line 1022thy discreet heart think it. Her eye must be fed. And
line 1023what delight shall she have to look on the devil?
line 1024When the blood is made dull with the act of sport,
line 1025there should be, again to inflame it and to give
250line 1026satiety a fresh appetite, loveliness in favor, sympathy
line 1027in years, manners, and beauties, all which the Moor
line 1028is defective in. Now, for want of these required
line 1029conveniences, her delicate tenderness will find itself
line 1030abused, begin to heave the gorge, disrelish and
255line 1031abhor the Moor. Very nature will instruct her in it
line 1032and compel her to some second choice. Now, sir,
line 1033this granted—as it is a most pregnant and unforced
line 1034position—who stands so eminent in the degree of
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 77 line 1035this fortune as Cassio does? A knave very voluble, no
260line 1036further conscionable than in putting on the mere
line 1037form of civil and humane seeming for the better
line 1038compassing of his salt and most hidden loose
line 1039affection. Why, none, why, none! A slipper and
line 1040subtle knave, a finder-out of occasions, that has an
265line 1041eye can stamp and counterfeit advantages, though
line 1042true advantage never present itself; a devilish knave!
line 1043Besides, the knave is handsome, young, and hath all
line 1044those requisites in him that folly and green minds
line 1045look after. A pestilent complete knave, and the
270line 1046woman hath found him already.
line 1047RODERIGOI cannot believe that in her. She’s full of
line 1048most blessed condition.
line 1049IAGOBlessed fig’s end! The wine she drinks is made of
line 1050grapes. If she had been blessed, she would never
275line 1051have loved the Moor. Blessed pudding! Didst thou
line 1052not see her paddle with the palm of his hand? Didst
line 1053not mark that?
line 1054RODERIGOYes, that I did. But that was but courtesy.
line 1055IAGOLechery, by this hand! An index and obscure
280line 1056prologue to the history of lust and foul thoughts.
line 1057They met so near with their lips that their breaths
line 1058embraced together. Villainous thoughts, Roderigo!
line 1059When these mutualities so marshal the way, hard
line 1060at hand comes the master and main exercise, th’
285line 1061incorporate conclusion. Pish! But, sir, be you ruled
line 1062by me. I have brought you from Venice. Watch you
line 1063tonight. For the command, I’ll lay ’t upon you.
line 1064Cassio knows you not. I’ll not be far from you. Do
line 1065you find some occasion to anger Cassio, either by
290line 1066speaking too loud, or tainting his discipline, or from
line 1067what other course you please, which the time shall
line 1068more favorably minister.
line 1069RODERIGOWell.
line 1070IAGOSir, he’s rash and very sudden in choler, and
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 79 295line 1071haply may strike at you. Provoke him that he may,
line 1072for even out of that will I cause these of Cyprus to
line 1073mutiny, whose qualification shall come into no
line 1074true taste again but by the displanting of Cassio. So
line 1075shall you have a shorter journey to your desires by
300line 1076the means I shall then have to prefer them, and the
line 1077impediment most profitably removed, without the
line 1078which there were no expectation of our prosperity.
line 1079RODERIGOI will do this, if you can bring it to any
line 1080opportunity.
305line 1081IAGOI warrant thee. Meet me by and by at the citadel. I
line 1082must fetch his necessaries ashore. Farewell.
line 1083RODERIGOAdieu.He exits.
IAGO
line 1084That Cassio loves her, I do well believe ’t.
line 1085That she loves him, ’tis apt and of great credit.
310line 1086The Moor, howbeit that I endure him not,
line 1087Is of a constant, loving, noble nature,
line 1088And I dare think he’ll prove to Desdemona
line 1089A most dear husband. Now, I do love her too,
line 1090Not out of absolute lust (though peradventure
315line 1091I stand accountant for as great a sin)
line 1092But partly led to diet my revenge
line 1093For that I do suspect the lusty Moor
line 1094Hath leaped into my seat—the thought whereof
line 1095Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards,
320line 1096And nothing can or shall content my soul
line 1097Till I am evened with him, wife for wife,
line 1098Or, failing so, yet that I put the Moor
line 1099At least into a jealousy so strong
line 1100That judgment cannot cure. Which thing to do,
325line 1101If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trace
line 1102For his quick hunting, stand the putting on,
line 1103I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip,
line 1104Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb
line 1105(For I fear Cassio with my nightcap too),

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330line 1106Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me
line 1107For making him egregiously an ass
line 1108And practicing upon his peace and quiet
line 1109Even to madness. ’Tis here, but yet confused.
line 1110Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.

He exits.



Scene 2

Enter Othello’s Herald with a proclamation.

line 1111HERALDIt is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant
line 1112general, that upon certain tidings now arrived,
line 1113importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet,
line 1114every man put himself into triumph: some to
5line 1115dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what
line 1116sport and revels his addition leads him. For besides
line 1117these beneficial news, it is the celebration of his
line 1118nuptial. So much was his pleasure should be proclaimed
line 1119All offices are open, and there is full
10line 1120liberty of feasting from this present hour of five till
line 1121the bell have told eleven. Heaven bless the isle of
line 1122Cyprus and our noble general, Othello!

He exits.



Scene 3

Enter Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, and Attendants.

OTHELLO
line 1123Good Michael, look you to the guard tonight.
line 1124Let’s teach ourselves that honorable stop
line 1125Not to outsport discretion.
CASSIO
line 1126Iago hath direction what to do,
5line 1127But notwithstanding, with my personal eye
line 1128Will I look to ’t.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 83 line 1129OTHELLOIago is most honest.
line 1130Michael, goodnight. Tomorrow with your earliest
line 1131Let me have speech with you. To Desdemona. Come,
10line 1132my dear love,
line 1133The purchase made, the fruits are to ensue;
line 1134That profit’s yet to come ’tween me and you.—
line 1135Goodnight.

Othello and Desdemona exit, with Attendants.

Enter Iago.

CASSIO
line 1136Welcome, Iago. We must to the watch.
15line 1137IAGONot this hour, lieutenant. ’Tis not yet ten o’ th’
line 1138clock. Our general cast us thus early for the love of
line 1139his Desdemona—who let us not therefore blame;
line 1140he hath not yet made wanton the night with her, and
line 1141she is sport for Jove.
20line 1142CASSIOShe’s a most exquisite lady.
line 1143IAGOAnd, I’ll warrant her, full of game.
line 1144CASSIOIndeed, she’s a most fresh and delicate
line 1145creature.
line 1146IAGOWhat an eye she has! Methinks it sounds a parley
25line 1147to provocation.
line 1148CASSIOAn inviting eye, and yet methinks right
line 1149modest.
line 1150IAGOAnd when she speaks, is it not an alarum to love?
line 1151CASSIOShe is indeed perfection.
30line 1152IAGOWell, happiness to their sheets! Come, lieutenant,
line 1153I have a stoup of wine; and here without are a
line 1154brace of Cyprus gallants that would fain have a
line 1155measure to the health of black Othello.
line 1156CASSIONot tonight, good Iago. I have very poor and
35line 1157unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish
line 1158courtesy would invent some other custom of
line 1159entertainment.
line 1160IAGOO, they are our friends! But one cup; I’ll drink
line 1161for you.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 85 40line 1162CASSIOI have drunk but one cup tonight, and that was
line 1163craftily qualified too, and behold what innovation it
line 1164makes here. I am unfortunate in the infirmity and
line 1165dare not task my weakness with any more.
line 1166IAGOWhat, man! ’Tis a night of revels. The gallants
45line 1167desire it.
line 1168CASSIOWhere are they?
line 1169IAGOHere at the door. I pray you, call them in.
line 1170CASSIOI’ll do ’t, but it dislikes me.He exits.
IAGO
line 1171If I can fasten but one cup upon him
50line 1172With that which he hath drunk tonight already,
line 1173He’ll be as full of quarrel and offense
line 1174As my young mistress’ dog. Now my sick fool
line 1175Roderigo,
line 1176Whom love hath turned almost the wrong side out,
55line 1177To Desdemona hath tonight caroused
line 1178Potations pottle-deep; and he’s to watch.
line 1179Three else of Cyprus, noble swelling spirits
line 1180That hold their honors in a wary distance,
line 1181The very elements of this warlike isle,
60line 1182Have I tonight flustered with flowing cups;
line 1183And they watch too. Now, ’mongst this flock of
line 1184drunkards
line 1185Am I to put our Cassio in some action
line 1186That may offend the isle. But here they come.
65line 1187If consequence do but approve my dream,
line 1188My boat sails freely both with wind and stream.

Enter Cassio, Montano, and Gentlemen, followed by Servants with wine.

line 1189CASSIO’Fore God, they have given me a rouse
line 1190already.
line 1191MONTANOGood faith, a little one; not past a pint, as I
70line 1192am a soldier.
line 1193IAGOSome wine, ho!
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 87 line 1194Sings. And let me the cannikin clink, clink,
line 1195And let me the cannikin clink.
line 1196A soldier’s a man,
75line 1197O, man’s life’s but a span,
line 1198Why, then, let a soldier drink.
line 1199Some wine, boys!
line 1200CASSIO’Fore God, an excellent song.
line 1201IAGOI learned it in England, where indeed they are
80line 1202most potent in potting. Your Dane, your German,
line 1203and your swag-bellied Hollander—drink, ho!—are
line 1204nothing to your English.
line 1205CASSIOIs your Englishman so exquisite in his
line 1206drinking?
85line 1207IAGOWhy, he drinks you, with facility, your Dane
line 1208dead drunk. He sweats not to overthrow your Almain.
line 1209He gives your Hollander a vomit ere the next
line 1210pottle can be filled.
line 1211CASSIOTo the health of our general!
90line 1212MONTANOI am for it, lieutenant, and I’ll do you
line 1213justice.
line 1214IAGOO sweet England!
line 1215Sings. King Stephen was and-a worthy peer,
line 1216His breeches cost him but a crown;
95line 1217He held them sixpence all too dear;
line 1218With that he called the tailor lown.
line 1219He was a wight of high renown,
line 1220And thou art but of low degree;
line 1221’Tis pride that pulls the country down,
100line 1222Then take thy auld cloak about thee.
line 1223Some wine, ho!
line 1224CASSIO’Fore God, this is a more exquisite song than
line 1225the other!
line 1226IAGOWill you hear ’t again?
105line 1227CASSIONo, for I hold him to be unworthy of his place
line 1228that does those things. Well, God’s above all; and
line 1229there be souls must be saved, and there be souls
line 1230must not be saved.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 89 line 1231IAGOIt’s true, good lieutenant.
110line 1232CASSIOFor mine own part—no offense to the General,
line 1233nor any man of quality—I hope to be saved.
line 1234IAGOAnd so do I too, lieutenant.
line 1235CASSIOAy, but, by your leave, not before me. The
line 1236Lieutenant is to be saved before the Ancient. Let’s
115line 1237have no more of this. Let’s to our affairs. God
line 1238forgive us our sins! Gentlemen, let’s look to our
line 1239business. Do not think, gentlemen, I am drunk. This
line 1240is my ancient, this is my right hand, and this is my
line 1241left. I am not drunk now. I can stand well enough,
120line 1242and I speak well enough.
line 1243GENTLEMENExcellent well.
line 1244CASSIOWhy, very well then. You must not think then
line 1245that I am drunk.He exits.
MONTANO
line 1246To th’ platform, masters. Come, let’s set the watch.

Gentlemen exit.

IAGOto Montano
125line 1247You see this fellow that is gone before?
line 1248He’s a soldier fit to stand by Caesar
line 1249And give direction; and do but see his vice.
line 1250’Tis to his virtue a just equinox,
line 1251The one as long as th’ other. ’Tis pity of him.
130line 1252I fear the trust Othello puts him in,
line 1253On some odd time of his infirmity,
line 1254Will shake this island.
line 1255MONTANOBut is he often thus?
IAGO
line 1256’Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep.
135line 1257He’ll watch the horologe a double set
line 1258If drink rock not his cradle.
line 1259MONTANOIt were well
line 1260The General were put in mind of it.
line 1261Perhaps he sees it not, or his good nature
140line 1262Prizes the virtue that appears in Cassio
line 1263And looks not on his evils. Is not this true?
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 91

Enter Roderigo.

line 1264IAGOaside to Roderigo How now, Roderigo?
line 1265I pray you, after the Lieutenant, go.

Roderigo exits.

MONTANO
line 1266And ’tis great pity that the noble Moor
145line 1267Should hazard such a place as his own second
line 1268With one of an engraffed infirmity.
line 1269It were an honest action to say so
line 1270To the Moor.
line 1271IAGONot I, for this fair island.
150line 1272I do love Cassio well and would do much
line 1273To cure him of this evil—“Help, help!” within.
line 1274But hark! What noise?

Enter Cassio, pursuing Roderigo.

line 1275CASSIOZounds, you rogue, you rascal!
line 1276MONTANOWhat’s the matter, lieutenant?
155line 1277CASSIOA knave teach me my duty? I’ll beat the knave
line 1278into a twiggen bottle.
line 1279RODERIGOBeat me?
line 1280CASSIODost thou prate, rogue?He hits Roderigo.
line 1281MONTANONay, good lieutenant. I pray you, sir, hold
160line 1282your hand.
line 1283CASSIOLet me go, sir, or I’ll knock you o’er the
line 1284mazard.
line 1285MONTANOCome, come, you’re drunk.
line 1286CASSIODrunk?

They fight.

IAGOaside to Roderigo
165line 1287Away, I say! Go out and cry a mutiny.

Roderigo exits.

line 1288Nay, good lieutenant.—God’s will, gentlemen!—
line 1289Help, ho! Lieutenant—sir—Montano—sir—
line 1290Help, masters!—Here’s a goodly watch indeed!

A bell is rung.

Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 93 line 1291Who’s that which rings the bell? Diablo, ho!
170line 1292The town will rise. God’s will, lieutenant, hold!
line 1293You will be shamed forever.

Enter Othello and Attendants.

OTHELLO
line 1294What is the matter here?
line 1295MONTANOZounds, I bleed
line 1296still.
175line 1297I am hurt to th’ death. He dies!He attacks Cassio.
line 1298OTHELLOHold, for your lives!
IAGO
line 1299Hold, ho! Lieutenant—sir—Montano—
line 1300gentlemen—
line 1301Have you forgot all sense of place and duty?
180line 1302Hold! The General speaks to you. Hold, for shame!
OTHELLO
line 1303Why, how now, ho! From whence ariseth this?
line 1304Are we turned Turks, and to ourselves do that
line 1305Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites?
line 1306For Christian shame, put by this barbarous brawl!
185line 1307He that stirs next to carve for his own rage
line 1308Holds his soul light; he dies upon his motion.
line 1309Silence that dreadful bell. It frights the isle
line 1310From her propriety. What is the matter, masters?
line 1311Honest Iago, that looks dead with grieving,
190line 1312Speak. Who began this? On thy love, I charge thee.
IAGO
line 1313I do not know. Friends all but now, even now,
line 1314In quarter and in terms like bride and groom
line 1315Divesting them for bed; and then but now,
line 1316As if some planet had unwitted men,
195line 1317Swords out, and tilting one at other’s breast,
line 1318In opposition bloody. I cannot speak
line 1319Any beginning to this peevish odds,
line 1320And would in action glorious I had lost
line 1321Those legs that brought me to a part of it!
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 95 OTHELLO
200line 1322How comes it, Michael, you are thus forgot?
CASSIO
line 1323I pray you pardon me; I cannot speak.
OTHELLO
line 1324Worthy Montano, you were wont be civil.
line 1325The gravity and stillness of your youth
line 1326The world hath noted. And your name is great
205line 1327In mouths of wisest censure. What’s the matter
line 1328That you unlace your reputation thus,
line 1329And spend your rich opinion for the name
line 1330Of a night-brawler? Give me answer to it.
MONTANO
line 1331Worthy Othello, I am hurt to danger.
210line 1332Your officer Iago can inform you,
line 1333While I spare speech, which something now offends
line 1334me,
line 1335Of all that I do know; nor know I aught
line 1336By me that’s said or done amiss this night,
215line 1337Unless self-charity be sometimes a vice,
line 1338And to defend ourselves it be a sin
line 1339When violence assails us.
line 1340OTHELLONow, by heaven,
line 1341My blood begins my safer guides to rule,
220line 1342And passion, having my best judgment collied,
line 1343Assays to lead the way. Zounds, if I stir,
line 1344Or do but lift this arm, the best of you
line 1345Shall sink in my rebuke. Give me to know
line 1346How this foul rout began, who set it on;
225line 1347And he that is approved in this offense,
line 1348Though he had twinned with me, both at a birth,
line 1349Shall lose me. What, in a town of war
line 1350Yet wild, the people’s hearts brimful of fear,
line 1351To manage private and domestic quarrel,
230line 1352In night, and on the court and guard of safety?
line 1353’Tis monstrous. Iago, who began ’t?
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 97 MONTANO
line 1354If partially affined, or leagued in office,
line 1355Thou dost deliver more or less than truth,
line 1356Thou art no soldier.
235line 1357IAGOTouch me not so near.
line 1358I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth
line 1359Than it should do offense to Michael Cassio.
line 1360Yet I persuade myself, to speak the truth
line 1361Shall nothing wrong him. Thus it is, general:
240line 1362Montano and myself being in speech,
line 1363There comes a fellow crying out for help,
line 1364And Cassio following him with determined sword
line 1365To execute upon him. Sir, this gentleman
Pointing to Montano.
line 1366Steps in to Cassio and entreats his pause.
245line 1367Myself the crying fellow did pursue,
line 1368Lest by his clamor—as it so fell out—
line 1369The town might fall in fright. He, swift of foot,
line 1370Outran my purpose, and I returned the rather
line 1371For that I heard the clink and fall of swords
250line 1372And Cassio high in oath, which till tonight
line 1373I ne’er might say before. When I came back—
line 1374For this was brief—I found them close together
line 1375At blow and thrust, even as again they were
line 1376When you yourself did part them.
255line 1377More of this matter cannot I report.
line 1378But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
line 1379Though Cassio did some little wrong to him,
line 1380As men in rage strike those that wish them best,
line 1381Yet surely Cassio, I believe, received
260line 1382From him that fled some strange indignity
line 1383Which patience could not pass.
line 1384OTHELLOI know, Iago,
line 1385Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter,
line 1386Making it light to Cassio.—Cassio, I love thee,
265line 1387But nevermore be officer of mine.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 99

Enter Desdemona attended.

line 1388Look if my gentle love be not raised up!
line 1389I’ll make thee an example.
DESDEMONA
line 1390What is the matter, dear?
line 1391OTHELLOAll’s well now,
270line 1392sweeting.
line 1393Come away to bed. To Montano. Sir, for your hurts,
line 1394Myself will be your surgeon.—Lead him off.

Montano is led off.

line 1395Iago, look with care about the town
line 1396And silence those whom this vile brawl
275line 1397distracted.—
line 1398Come, Desdemona. ’Tis the soldier’s life
line 1399To have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.

All but Iago and Cassio exit.

line 1400IAGOWhat, are you hurt, lieutenant?
line 1401CASSIOAy, past all surgery.
280line 1402IAGOMarry, God forbid!
line 1403CASSIOReputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have
line 1404lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of
line 1405myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation,
line 1406Iago, my reputation!
285line 1407IAGOAs I am an honest man, I thought you had
line 1408received some bodily wound. There is more sense
line 1409in that than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and
line 1410most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost
line 1411without deserving. You have lost no reputation at
290line 1412all, unless you repute yourself such a loser. What,
line 1413man, there are ways to recover the General again!
line 1414You are but now cast in his mood—a punishment
line 1415more in policy than in malice, even so as one would
line 1416beat his offenseless dog to affright an imperious
295line 1417lion. Sue to him again and he’s yours.
line 1418CASSIOI will rather sue to be despised than to deceive
line 1419so good a commander with so slight, so drunken,
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 101 line 1420and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? And speak
line 1421parrot? And squabble? Swagger? Swear? And discourse
300line 1422fustian with one’s own shadow? O thou
line 1423invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be
line 1424known by, let us call thee devil!
line 1425IAGOWhat was he that you followed with your sword?
line 1426What had he done to you?
305line 1427CASSIOI know not.
line 1428IAGOIs ’t possible?
line 1429CASSIOI remember a mass of things, but nothing
line 1430distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore. O
line 1431God, that men should put an enemy in their
310line 1432mouths to steal away their brains! That we should
line 1433with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause transform
line 1434ourselves into beasts!
line 1435IAGOWhy, but you are now well enough. How came
line 1436you thus recovered?
315line 1437CASSIOIt hath pleased the devil drunkenness to give
line 1438place to the devil wrath. One unperfectness shows
line 1439me another, to make me frankly despise myself.
line 1440IAGOCome, you are too severe a moraler. As the time,
line 1441the place, and the condition of this country stands,
320line 1442I could heartily wish this had not so befallen. But
line 1443since it is as it is, mend it for your own good.
line 1444CASSIOI will ask him for my place again; he shall tell
line 1445me I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as
line 1446Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be
325line 1447now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently
line 1448a beast! O, strange! Every inordinate cup is unblessed,
line 1449and the ingredient is a devil.
line 1450IAGOCome, come, good wine is a good familiar creature,
line 1451if it be well used. Exclaim no more against it.
330line 1452And, good lieutenant, I think you think I love you.
line 1453CASSIOI have well approved it, sir.—I drunk!
line 1454IAGOYou or any man living may be drunk at a time,
line 1455man. I’ll tell you what you shall do. Our general’s
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 103 line 1456wife is now the general: I may say so in this
335line 1457respect, for that he hath devoted and given up
line 1458himself to the contemplation, mark, and denotement
line 1459of her parts and graces. Confess yourself
line 1460freely to her. Importune her help to put you in your
line 1461place again. She is of so free, so kind, so apt, so
340line 1462blessed a disposition she holds it a vice in her
line 1463goodness not to do more than she is requested. This
line 1464broken joint between you and her husband entreat
line 1465her to splinter, and, my fortunes against any lay
line 1466worth naming, this crack of your love shall grow
345line 1467stronger than it was before.
line 1468CASSIOYou advise me well.
line 1469IAGOI protest, in the sincerity of love and honest
line 1470kindness.
line 1471CASSIOI think it freely; and betimes in the morning I
350line 1472will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake
line 1473for me. I am desperate of my fortunes if they check
line 1474me here.
line 1475IAGOYou are in the right. Good night, lieutenant. I
line 1476must to the watch.
355line 1477CASSIOGood night, honest Iago.Cassio exits.
IAGO
line 1478And what’s he, then, that says I play the villain,
line 1479When this advice is free I give and honest,
line 1480Probal to thinking, and indeed the course
line 1481To win the Moor again? For ’tis most easy
360line 1482Th’ inclining Desdemona to subdue
line 1483In any honest suit. She’s framed as fruitful
line 1484As the free elements. And then for her
line 1485To win the Moor—were ’t to renounce his baptism,
line 1486All seals and symbols of redeemèd sin—
365line 1487His soul is so enfettered to her love
line 1488That she may make, unmake, do what she list,
line 1489Even as her appetite shall play the god
line 1490With his weak function. How am I then a villain
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 105 line 1491To counsel Cassio to this parallel course
370line 1492Directly to his good? Divinity of hell!
line 1493When devils will the blackest sins put on,
line 1494They do suggest at first with heavenly shows,
line 1495As I do now. For whiles this honest fool
line 1496Plies Desdemona to repair his fortune,
375line 1497And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor,
line 1498I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear:
line 1499That she repeals him for her body’s lust;
line 1500And by how much she strives to do him good,
line 1501She shall undo her credit with the Moor.
380line 1502So will I turn her virtue into pitch,
line 1503And out of her own goodness make the net
line 1504That shall enmesh them all.

Enter Roderigo.

line 1505How now, Roderigo?
line 1506RODERIGOI do follow here in the chase, not like a
385line 1507hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. My
line 1508money is almost spent, I have been tonight exceedingly
line 1509well cudgeled, and I think the issue will be I
line 1510shall have so much experience for my pains, and so,
line 1511with no money at all and a little more wit, return
390line 1512again to Venice.
IAGO
line 1513How poor are they that have not patience!
line 1514What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
line 1515Thou know’st we work by wit and not by witchcraft,
line 1516And wit depends on dilatory time.
395line 1517Does ’t not go well? Cassio hath beaten thee,
line 1518And thou, by that small hurt, hast cashiered Cassio.
line 1519Though other things grow fair against the sun,
line 1520Yet fruits that blossom first will first be ripe.
line 1521Content thyself awhile. By th’ Mass, ’tis morning!
400line 1522Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
line 1523Retire thee; go where thou art billeted.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 107 line 1524Away, I say! Thou shalt know more hereafter.
line 1525Nay, get thee gone.Roderigo exits.
line 1526Two things are to be done.
405line 1527My wife must move for Cassio to her mistress.
line 1528I’ll set her on.
line 1529Myself the while to draw the Moor apart
line 1530And bring him jump when he may Cassio find
line 1531Soliciting his wife. Ay, that’s the way.
410line 1532Dull not device by coldness and delay.

He exits.


ACT 3


Scene 1

Enter Cassio with Musicians.

CASSIO
line 1533Masters, play here (I will content your pains)
line 1534Something that’s brief; and bid “Good morrow,
line 1535general.”They play.

Enter the Clown.

line 1536CLOWNWhy masters, have your instruments been in
5line 1537Naples, that they speak i’ th’ nose thus?
line 1538MUSICIANHow, sir, how?
line 1539CLOWNAre these, I pray you, wind instruments?
line 1540MUSICIANAy, marry, are they, sir.
line 1541CLOWNO, thereby hangs a tail.
10line 1542MUSICIANWhereby hangs a tale, sir?
line 1543CLOWNMarry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I
line 1544know. But, masters, here’s money for you; and the
line 1545General so likes your music that he desires you, for
line 1546love’s sake, to make no more noise with it.
15line 1547MUSICIANWell, sir, we will not.
line 1548CLOWNIf you have any music that may not be heard, to
line 1549’t again. But, as they say, to hear music the General
line 1550does not greatly care.
line 1551MUSICIANWe have none such, sir.
20line 1552CLOWNThen put up your pipes in your bag, for I’ll
line 1553away. Go, vanish into air, away!
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 113

Musicians exit.

line 1554CASSIODost thou hear, mine honest friend?
line 1555CLOWNNo, I hear not your honest friend. I hear you.
line 1556CASSIOPrithee, keep up thy quillets.Giving money.
25line 1557There’s a poor piece of gold for thee. If the gentlewoman
line 1558that attends the General’s wife be stirring,
line 1559tell her there’s one Cassio entreats her a little favor
line 1560of speech. Wilt thou do this?
line 1561CLOWNShe is stirring, sir. If she will stir hither, I shall
30line 1562seem to notify unto her.
CASSIO
line 1563Do, good my friend.Clown exits.

Enter Iago.

line 1564In happy time, Iago.
line 1565IAGOYou have not been abed, then?
line 1566CASSIOWhy, no. The day had broke
35line 1567Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
line 1568To send in to your wife. My suit to her
line 1569Is that she will to virtuous Desdemona
line 1570Procure me some access.
line 1571IAGOI’ll send her to you presently,
40line 1572And I’ll devise a mean to draw the Moor
line 1573Out of the way, that your converse and business
line 1574May be more free.
CASSIO
line 1575I humbly thank you for ’t. Iago exits. I never
line 1576knew
45line 1577A Florentine more kind and honest.

Enter Emilia.

EMILIA
line 1578Good morrow, good lieutenant. I am sorry
line 1579For your displeasure, but all will sure be well.
line 1580The General and his wife are talking of it,
line 1581And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 115 50line 1582That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus
line 1583And great affinity, and that in wholesome wisdom
line 1584He might not but refuse you. But he protests he
line 1585loves you
line 1586And needs no other suitor but his likings
55line 1587To take the safest occasion by the front
line 1588To bring you in again.
line 1589CASSIOYet I beseech you,
line 1590If you think fit, or that it may be done,
line 1591Give me advantage of some brief discourse
60line 1592With Desdemon alone.
line 1593EMILIAPray you come in.
line 1594I will bestow you where you shall have time
line 1595To speak your bosom freely.
line 1596CASSIOI am much bound to you.

They exit.



Scene 2

Enter Othello, Iago, and Gentlemen.

OTHELLO
line 1597These letters give, Iago, to the pilot
line 1598And by him do my duties to the Senate.

He gives Iago some papers.

line 1599That done, I will be walking on the works.
line 1600Repair there to me.
5line 1601IAGOWell, my good lord, I’ll do ’t.
OTHELLO
line 1602This fortification, gentlemen, shall we see ’t?
GENTLEMEN
line 1603We wait upon your Lordship.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 117

Scene 3

Enter Desdemona, Cassio, and Emilia.

DESDEMONA
line 1604Be thou assured, good Cassio, I will do
line 1605All my abilities in thy behalf.
EMILIA
line 1606Good madam, do. I warrant it grieves my husband
line 1607As if the cause were his.
DESDEMONA
5line 1608O, that’s an honest fellow! Do not doubt, Cassio,
line 1609But I will have my lord and you again
line 1610As friendly as you were.
line 1611CASSIOBounteous madam,
line 1612Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
10line 1613He’s never anything but your true servant.
DESDEMONA
line 1614I know ’t. I thank you. You do love my lord;
line 1615You have known him long; and be you well assured
line 1616He shall in strangeness stand no farther off
line 1617Than in a politic distance.
15line 1618CASSIOAy, but, lady,
line 1619That policy may either last so long,
line 1620Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
line 1621Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
line 1622That, I being absent and my place supplied,
20line 1623My general will forget my love and service.
DESDEMONA
line 1624Do not doubt that. Before Emilia here,
line 1625I give thee warrant of thy place. Assure thee,
line 1626If I do vow a friendship, I’ll perform it
line 1627To the last article. My lord shall never rest:
25line 1628I’ll watch him tame and talk him out of patience;
line 1629His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
line 1630I’ll intermingle everything he does
line 1631With Cassio’s suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 119 line 1632For thy solicitor shall rather die
30line 1633Than give thy cause away.

Enter Othello and Iago.

line 1634EMILIAMadam, here comes my lord.
line 1635CASSIOMadam, I’ll take my leave.
line 1636DESDEMONAWhy, stay, and hear me speak.
CASSIO
line 1637Madam, not now. I am very ill at ease,
35line 1638Unfit for mine own purposes.
line 1639DESDEMONAWell, do your discretion.Cassio exits.
IAGO
line 1640Ha, I like not that.
line 1641OTHELLOWhat dost thou say?
IAGO
line 1642Nothing, my lord; or if—I know not what.
OTHELLO
40line 1643Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?
IAGO
line 1644Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it
line 1645That he would steal away so guiltylike,
line 1646Seeing your coming.
line 1647OTHELLOI do believe ’twas he.
45line 1648DESDEMONAHow now, my lord?
line 1649I have been talking with a suitor here,
line 1650A man that languishes in your displeasure.
line 1651OTHELLOWho is ’t you mean?
DESDEMONA
line 1652Why, your lieutenant, Cassio. Good my lord,
50line 1653If I have any grace or power to move you,
line 1654His present reconciliation take;
line 1655For if he be not one that truly loves you,
line 1656That errs in ignorance and not in cunning,
line 1657I have no judgment in an honest face.
55line 1658I prithee call him back.
line 1659OTHELLOWent he hence now?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 121 line 1660DESDEMONAYes, faith, so humbled
line 1661That he hath left part of his grief with me
line 1662To suffer with him. Good love, call him back.
OTHELLO
60line 1663Not now, sweet Desdemon. Some other time.
DESDEMONA
line 1664But shall ’t be shortly?
line 1665OTHELLOThe sooner, sweet, for you.
DESDEMONA
line 1666Shall ’t be tonight at supper?
line 1667OTHELLONo, not tonight.
65line 1668DESDEMONATomorrow dinner, then?
line 1669OTHELLOI shall not dine at home;
line 1670I meet the captains at the citadel.
DESDEMONA
line 1671Why then tomorrow night, or Tuesday morn,
line 1672On Tuesday noon or night; on Wednesday morn.
70line 1673I prithee name the time, but let it not
line 1674Exceed three days. In faith, he’s penitent;
line 1675And yet his trespass, in our common reason—
line 1676Save that, they say, the wars must make example
line 1677Out of her best—is not almost a fault
75line 1678T’ incur a private check. When shall he come?
line 1679Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul
line 1680What you would ask me that I should deny,
line 1681Or stand so mamm’ring on? What? Michael Cassio,
line 1682That came a-wooing with you, and so many a time,
80line 1683When I have spoke of you dispraisingly,
line 1684Hath ta’en your part—to have so much to do
line 1685To bring him in! By ’r Lady, I could do much—
OTHELLO
line 1686Prithee, no more. Let him come when he will;
line 1687I will deny thee nothing.
85line 1688DESDEMONAWhy, this is not a boon!
line 1689’Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves,
line 1690Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 123 line 1691Or sue to you to do a peculiar profit
line 1692To your own person. Nay, when I have a suit
90line 1693Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed,
line 1694It shall be full of poise and difficult weight,
line 1695And fearful to be granted.
line 1696OTHELLOI will deny thee nothing!
line 1697Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this,
95line 1698To leave me but a little to myself.
DESDEMONA
line 1699Shall I deny you? No. Farewell, my lord.
OTHELLO
line 1700Farewell, my Desdemona. I’ll come to thee straight.
DESDEMONA
line 1701Emilia, come.—Be as your fancies teach you.
line 1702Whate’er you be, I am obedient.

Desdemona and Emilia exit.

OTHELLO
100line 1703Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul
line 1704But I do love thee! And when I love thee not,
line 1705Chaos is come again.
line 1706IAGOMy noble lord—
OTHELLO
line 1707What dost thou say, Iago?
105line 1708IAGODid Michael Cassio,
line 1709When you wooed my lady, know of your love?
OTHELLO
line 1710He did, from first to last. Why dost thou ask?
IAGO
line 1711But for a satisfaction of my thought,
line 1712No further harm.
110line 1713OTHELLOWhy of thy thought, Iago?
IAGO
line 1714I did not think he had been acquainted with her.
OTHELLO
line 1715O yes, and went between us very oft.
line 1716IAGOIndeed?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 125 OTHELLO
line 1717Indeed? Ay, indeed! Discern’st thou aught in that?
115line 1718Is he not honest?
line 1719IAGOHonest, my lord?
line 1720OTHELLOHonest—ay, honest.
IAGO
line 1721My lord, for aught I know.
line 1722OTHELLOWhat dost thou think?
120line 1723IAGOThink, my lord?
OTHELLO
line 1724“Think, my lord?” By heaven, thou echo’st me
line 1725As if there were some monster in thy thought
line 1726Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean
line 1727something.
125line 1728I heard thee say even now, thou lik’st not that,
line 1729When Cassio left my wife. What didst not like?
line 1730And when I told thee he was of my counsel
line 1731In my whole course of wooing, thou cried’st
line 1732“Indeed?”
130line 1733And didst contract and purse thy brow together
line 1734As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain
line 1735Some horrible conceit. If thou dost love me,
line 1736Show me thy thought.
line 1737IAGOMy lord, you know I love you.
135line 1738OTHELLOI think thou dost;
line 1739And for I know thou ’rt full of love and honesty
line 1740And weigh’st thy words before thou giv’st them
line 1741breath,
line 1742Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more.
140line 1743For such things in a false, disloyal knave
line 1744Are tricks of custom; but in a man that’s just,
line 1745They’re close dilations working from the heart
line 1746That passion cannot rule.
line 1747IAGOFor Michael Cassio,
145line 1748I dare be sworn I think that he is honest.
OTHELLO
line 1749I think so too.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 127 line 1750IAGOMen should be what they seem;
line 1751Or those that be not, would they might seem none!
line 1752OTHELLOCertain, men should be what they seem.
IAGO
150line 1753Why then, I think Cassio’s an honest man.
line 1754OTHELLONay, yet there’s more in this.
line 1755I prithee speak to me as to thy thinkings,
line 1756As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of
line 1757thoughts
155line 1758The worst of words.
line 1759IAGOGood my lord, pardon me.
line 1760Though I am bound to every act of duty,
line 1761I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.
line 1762Utter my thoughts? Why, say they are vile and
160line 1763false—
line 1764As where’s that palace whereinto foul things
line 1765Sometimes intrude not? Who has that breast so
line 1766pure
line 1767But some uncleanly apprehensions
165line 1768Keep leets and law days and in sessions sit
line 1769With meditations lawful?
OTHELLO
line 1770Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
line 1771If thou but think’st him wronged and mak’st his ear
line 1772A stranger to thy thoughts.
170line 1773IAGOI do beseech you,
line 1774Though I perchance am vicious in my guess—
line 1775As, I confess, it is my nature’s plague
line 1776To spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy
line 1777Shapes faults that are not—that your wisdom
175line 1778From one that so imperfectly conceits
line 1779Would take no notice, nor build yourself a trouble
line 1780Out of his scattering and unsure observance.
line 1781It were not for your quiet nor your good,
line 1782Nor for my manhood, honesty, and wisdom,
180line 1783To let you know my thoughts.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 129 line 1784OTHELLOWhat dost thou mean?
IAGO
line 1785Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
line 1786Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
line 1787Who steals my purse steals trash. ’Tis something,
185line 1788nothing;
line 1789’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to
line 1790thousands.
line 1791But he that filches from me my good name
line 1792Robs me of that which not enriches him
190line 1793And makes me poor indeed.
line 1794OTHELLOBy heaven, I’ll know thy thoughts.
IAGO
line 1795You cannot, if my heart were in your hand,
line 1796Nor shall not, whilst ’tis in my custody.
OTHELLO
line 1797Ha?
195line 1798IAGOO, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
line 1799It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
line 1800The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss
line 1801Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
line 1802But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er
200line 1803Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves!
line 1804OTHELLOO misery!
IAGO
line 1805Poor and content is rich, and rich enough;
line 1806But riches fineless is as poor as winter
line 1807To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
205line 1808Good God, the souls of all my tribe defend
line 1809From jealousy!
line 1810OTHELLOWhy, why is this?
line 1811Think’st thou I’d make a life of jealousy,
line 1812To follow still the changes of the moon
210line 1813With fresh suspicions? No. To be once in doubt
line 1814Is once to be resolved. Exchange me for a goat
line 1815When I shall turn the business of my soul
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 131 line 1816To such exsufflicate and blown surmises,
line 1817Matching thy inference. ’Tis not to make me jealous
215line 1818To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
line 1819Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well.
line 1820Where virtue is, these are more virtuous.
line 1821Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw
line 1822The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt,
220line 1823For she had eyes, and chose me. No, Iago,
line 1824I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;
line 1825And on the proof, there is no more but this:
line 1826Away at once with love or jealousy.
IAGO
line 1827I am glad of this, for now I shall have reason
225line 1828To show the love and duty that I bear you
line 1829With franker spirit. Therefore, as I am bound,
line 1830Receive it from me. I speak not yet of proof.
line 1831Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio;
line 1832Wear your eyes thus, not jealous nor secure.
230line 1833I would not have your free and noble nature,
line 1834Out of self-bounty, be abused. Look to ’t.
line 1835I know our country disposition well.
line 1836In Venice they do let God see the pranks
line 1837They dare not show their husbands. Their best
235line 1838conscience
line 1839Is not to leave ’t undone, but keep ’t unknown.
line 1840OTHELLODost thou say so?
IAGO
line 1841She did deceive her father, marrying you,
line 1842And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks,
240line 1843She loved them most.
line 1844OTHELLOAnd so she did.
line 1845IAGOWhy, go to, then!
line 1846She that, so young, could give out such a seeming,
line 1847To seel her father’s eyes up close as oak,
245line 1848He thought ’twas witchcraft! But I am much to
line 1849blame.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 133 line 1850I humbly do beseech you of your pardon
line 1851For too much loving you.
line 1852OTHELLOI am bound to thee forever.
IAGO
250line 1853I see this hath a little dashed your spirits.
OTHELLO
line 1854Not a jot, not a jot.
line 1855IAGOI’ faith, I fear it has.
line 1856I hope you will consider what is spoke
line 1857Comes from my love. But I do see you’re moved.
255line 1858I am to pray you not to strain my speech
line 1859To grosser issues nor to larger reach
line 1860Than to suspicion.
line 1861OTHELLOI will not.
line 1862IAGOShould you do so, my lord,
260line 1863My speech should fall into such vile success
line 1864As my thoughts aim not at. Cassio’s my worthy
line 1865friend.
line 1866My lord, I see you’re moved.
line 1867OTHELLONo, not much moved.
265line 1868I do not think but Desdemona’s honest.
IAGO
line 1869Long live she so! And long live you to think so!
OTHELLO
line 1870And yet, how nature erring from itself—
IAGO
line 1871Ay, there’s the point. As, to be bold with you,
line 1872Not to affect many proposèd matches
270line 1873Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,
line 1874Whereto we see in all things nature tends—
line 1875Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank,
line 1876Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural—
line 1877But pardon me—I do not in position
275line 1878Distinctly speak of her, though I may fear
line 1879Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,
line 1880May fall to match you with her country forms
line 1881And happily repent.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 135 line 1882OTHELLOFarewell, farewell!
280line 1883If more thou dost perceive, let me know more.
line 1884Set on thy wife to observe. Leave me, Iago.
line 1885IAGObeginning to exit My lord, I take my leave.
OTHELLO
line 1886Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless
line 1887Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds.
IAGOreturning
285line 1888My lord, I would I might entreat your Honor
line 1889To scan this thing no farther. Leave it to time.
line 1890Although ’tis fit that Cassio have his place—
line 1891For sure he fills it up with great ability—
line 1892Yet, if you please to hold him off awhile,
290line 1893You shall by that perceive him and his means.
line 1894Note if your lady strain his entertainment
line 1895With any strong or vehement importunity.
line 1896Much will be seen in that. In the meantime,
line 1897Let me be thought too busy in my fears—
295line 1898As worthy cause I have to fear I am—
line 1899And hold her free, I do beseech your Honor.
line 1900OTHELLOFear not my government.
line 1901IAGOI once more take my leave.He exits.
OTHELLO
line 1902This fellow’s of exceeding honesty,
300line 1903And knows all qualities with a learnèd spirit
line 1904Of human dealings. If I do prove her haggard,
line 1905Though that her jesses were my dear heartstrings,
line 1906I’d whistle her off and let her down the wind
line 1907To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black
305line 1908And have not those soft parts of conversation
line 1909That chamberers have, or for I am declined
line 1910Into the vale of years—yet that’s not much—
line 1911She’s gone, I am abused, and my relief
line 1912Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage,
310line 1913That we can call these delicate creatures ours
line 1914And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 137 line 1915And live upon the vapor of a dungeon
line 1916Than keep a corner in the thing I love
line 1917For others’ uses. Yet ’tis the plague of great ones;
315line 1918Prerogatived are they less than the base.
line 1919’Tis destiny unshunnable, like death.
line 1920Even then this forkèd plague is fated to us
line 1921When we do quicken. Look where she comes.

Enter Desdemona and Emilia.

line 1922If she be false, heaven mocks itself!
320line 1923I’ll not believe ’t.
line 1924DESDEMONAHow now, my dear Othello?
line 1925Your dinner, and the generous islanders
line 1926By you invited, do attend your presence.
line 1927OTHELLOI am to blame.
DESDEMONA
325line 1928Why do you speak so faintly? Are you not well?
OTHELLO
line 1929I have a pain upon my forehead, here.
DESDEMONA
line 1930Faith, that’s with watching. ’Twill away again.
line 1931Let me but bind it hard; within this hour
line 1932It will be well.
330line 1933OTHELLOYour napkin is too little.
line 1934Let it alone.The handkerchief falls, unnoticed.
line 1935Come, I’ll go in with you.
DESDEMONA
line 1936I am very sorry that you are not well.

Othello and Desdemona exit.

EMILIApicking up the handkerchief
line 1937I am glad I have found this napkin.
335line 1938This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
line 1939My wayward husband hath a hundred times
line 1940Wooed me to steal it. But she so loves the token
line 1941(For he conjured her she should ever keep it)
line 1942That she reserves it evermore about her
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 139 340line 1943To kiss and talk to. I’ll have the work ta’en out
line 1944And give ’t Iago. What he will do with it
line 1945Heaven knows, not I.
line 1946I nothing but to please his fantasy.

Enter Iago.

line 1947IAGOHow now? What do you here alone?
EMILIA
345line 1948Do not you chide. I have a thing for you.
IAGO
line 1949You have a thing for me? It is a common thing—
line 1950EMILIAHa?
line 1951IAGOTo have a foolish wife.
EMILIA
line 1952O, is that all? What will you give me now
350line 1953For that same handkerchief?
line 1954IAGOWhat handkerchief?
line 1955EMILIAWhat handkerchief?
line 1956Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona,
line 1957That which so often you did bid me steal.
355line 1958IAGOHast stol’n it from her?
EMILIA
line 1959No, faith, she let it drop by negligence,
line 1960And to th’ advantage I, being here, took ’t up.
line 1961Look, here ’tis.
line 1962IAGOA good wench! Give it me.
EMILIA
360line 1963What will you do with ’t, that you have been so
line 1964earnest
line 1965To have me filch it?
line 1966IAGOsnatching it Why, what is that to you?
EMILIA
line 1967If it be not for some purpose of import,
365line 1968Give ’t me again. Poor lady, she’ll run mad
line 1969When she shall lack it.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 141 line 1970IAGOBe not acknown on ’t.
line 1971I have use for it. Go, leave me.Emilia exits.
line 1972I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin
370line 1973And let him find it. Trifles light as air
line 1974Are to the jealous confirmations strong
line 1975As proofs of holy writ. This may do something.
line 1976The Moor already changes with my poison;
line 1977Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons,
375line 1978Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
line 1979But with a little act upon the blood
line 1980Burn like the mines of sulfur.

Enter Othello.

line 1981I did say so.
line 1982Look where he comes. Not poppy nor mandragora
380line 1983Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world
line 1984Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
line 1985Which thou owedst yesterday.
line 1986OTHELLOHa, ha, false to me?
IAGO
line 1987Why, how now, general? No more of that!
OTHELLO
385line 1988Avaunt! Begone! Thou hast set me on the rack.
line 1989I swear ’tis better to be much abused
line 1990Than but to know ’t a little.
line 1991IAGOHow now, my lord?
OTHELLO
line 1992What sense had I of her stol’n hours of lust?
390line 1993I saw ’t not, thought it not; it harmed not me.
line 1994I slept the next night well, fed well, was free and
line 1995merry.
line 1996I found not Cassio’s kisses on her lips.
line 1997He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol’n,
395line 1998Let him not know ’t, and he’s not robbed at all.
line 1999IAGOI am sorry to hear this.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 143 OTHELLO
line 2000I had been happy if the general camp,
line 2001Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body,
line 2002So I had nothing known. O, now, forever
400line 2003Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content!
line 2004Farewell the plumèd troops and the big wars
line 2005That makes ambition virtue! O, farewell!
line 2006Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump,
line 2007The spirit-stirring drum, th’ ear-piercing fife,
405line 2008The royal banner, and all quality,
line 2009Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!
line 2010And O you mortal engines, whose rude throats
line 2011Th’ immortal Jove’s dread clamors counterfeit,
line 2012Farewell! Othello’s occupation’s gone!
410line 2013IAGOIs ’t possible, my lord?
OTHELLO
line 2014Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore!
line 2015Be sure of it. Give me the ocular proof,
line 2016Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul,
line 2017Thou hadst been better have been born a dog
415line 2018Than answer my waked wrath.
line 2019IAGOIs ’t come to this?
OTHELLO
line 2020Make me to see ’t, or at the least so prove it
line 2021That the probation bear no hinge nor loop
line 2022To hang a doubt on, or woe upon thy life!
420line 2023IAGOMy noble lord—
OTHELLO
line 2024If thou dost slander her and torture me,
line 2025Never pray more. Abandon all remorse;
line 2026On horror’s head horrors accumulate;
line 2027Do deeds to make heaven weep, all Earth amazed;
425line 2028For nothing canst thou to damnation add
line 2029Greater than that.
line 2030IAGOO grace! O heaven forgive me!
line 2031Are you a man? Have you a soul or sense?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 145 line 2032God b’ wi’ you. Take mine office.—O wretched fool,
430line 2033That liv’st to make thine honesty a vice!—
line 2034O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world:
line 2035To be direct and honest is not safe.—
line 2036I thank you for this profit, and from hence
line 2037I’ll love no friend, sith love breeds such offense.
435line 2038OTHELLONay, stay. Thou shouldst be honest.
IAGO
line 2039I should be wise; for honesty’s a fool
line 2040And loses that it works for.
line 2041OTHELLOBy the world,
line 2042I think my wife be honest and think she is not.
440line 2043I think that thou art just and think thou art not.
line 2044I’ll have some proof! Her name, that was as fresh
line 2045As Dian’s visage, is now begrimed and black
line 2046As mine own face. If there be cords, or knives,
line 2047Poison, or fire, or suffocating streams,
445line 2048I’ll not endure it. Would I were satisfied!
IAGO
line 2049I see you are eaten up with passion.
line 2050I do repent me that I put it to you.
line 2051You would be satisfied?
line 2052OTHELLOWould? Nay, and I will.
IAGO
450line 2053And may; but how? How satisfied, my lord?
line 2054Would you, the supervisor, grossly gape on,
line 2055Behold her topped?
line 2056OTHELLODeath and damnation! O!
IAGO
line 2057It were a tedious difficulty, I think,
455line 2058To bring them to that prospect. Damn them then
line 2059If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster
line 2060More than their own! What then? How then?
line 2061What shall I say? Where’s satisfaction?
line 2062It is impossible you should see this,
460line 2063Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 147 line 2064As salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross
line 2065As ignorance made drunk. But yet I say,
line 2066If imputation and strong circumstances
line 2067Which lead directly to the door of truth
465line 2068Will give you satisfaction, you might have ’t.
OTHELLO
line 2069Give me a living reason she’s disloyal.
line 2070IAGOI do not like the office,
line 2071But sith I am entered in this cause so far,
line 2072Pricked to ’t by foolish honesty and love,
470line 2073I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately,
line 2074And being troubled with a raging tooth
line 2075I could not sleep. There are a kind of men
line 2076So loose of soul that in their sleeps will mutter
line 2077Their affairs. One of this kind is Cassio.
475line 2078In sleep I heard him say “Sweet Desdemona,
line 2079Let us be wary, let us hide our loves.”
line 2080And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand,
line 2081Cry “O sweet creature!” then kiss me hard,
line 2082As if he plucked up kisses by the roots
480line 2083That grew upon my lips; then laid his leg
line 2084O’er my thigh, and sighed, and kissed, and then
line 2085Cried “Cursèd fate that gave thee to the Moor!”
OTHELLO
line 2086O monstrous! Monstrous!
line 2087IAGONay, this was but his
485line 2088dream.
OTHELLO
line 2089But this denoted a foregone conclusion.
line 2090’Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream.
IAGO
line 2091And this may help to thicken other proofs
line 2092That do demonstrate thinly.
490line 2093OTHELLOI’ll tear her all to pieces.
IAGO
line 2094Nay, but be wise. Yet we see nothing done.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 149 line 2095She may be honest yet. Tell me but this:
line 2096Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief
line 2097Spotted with strawberries in your wife’s hand?
OTHELLO
495line 2098I gave her such a one. ’Twas my first gift.
IAGO
line 2099I know not that; but such a handkerchief—
line 2100I am sure it was your wife’s—did I today
line 2101See Cassio wipe his beard with.
line 2102OTHELLOIf it be that—
IAGO
500line 2103If it be that, or any that was hers,
line 2104It speaks against her with the other proofs.
OTHELLO
line 2105O, that the slave had forty thousand lives!
line 2106One is too poor, too weak for my revenge.
line 2107Now do I see ’tis true. Look here, Iago,
505line 2108All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven.
line 2109’Tis gone.
line 2110Arise, black vengeance, from the hollow hell!
line 2111Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne
line 2112To tyrannous hate! Swell, bosom, with thy fraught,
510line 2113For ’tis of aspics’ tongues!
line 2114IAGOYet be content.
line 2115OTHELLOO, blood, blood, blood!
IAGO
line 2116Patience, I say. Your mind perhaps may change.
OTHELLO
line 2117Never, Iago. Like to the Pontic Sea,
515line 2118Whose icy current and compulsive course
line 2119Ne’er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on
line 2120To the Propontic and the Hellespont,
line 2121Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace
line 2122Shall ne’er look back, ne’er ebb to humble love,
520line 2123Till that a capable and wide revenge
line 2124Swallow them up. He kneels. Now by yond marble
line 2125heaven,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 151 line 2126In the due reverence of a sacred vow,
line 2127I here engage my words.
525line 2128IAGODo not rise yet.Iago kneels.
line 2129Witness, you ever-burning lights above,
line 2130You elements that clip us round about,
line 2131Witness that here Iago doth give up
line 2132The execution of his wit, hands, heart
530line 2133To wronged Othello’s service! Let him command,
line 2134And to obey shall be in me remorse,
line 2135What bloody business ever.They rise.
line 2136OTHELLOI greet thy love
line 2137Not with vain thanks but with acceptance
535line 2138bounteous,
line 2139And will upon the instant put thee to ’t.
line 2140Within these three days let me hear thee say
line 2141That Cassio’s not alive.
line 2142IAGOMy friend is dead.
540line 2143’Tis done at your request. But let her live.
line 2144OTHELLODamn her, lewd minx! O, damn her, damn
line 2145her!
line 2146Come, go with me apart. I will withdraw
line 2147To furnish me with some swift means of death
545line 2148For the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant.
line 2149IAGOI am your own forever.

They exit.



Scene 4

Enter Desdemona, Emilia, and Clown.

line 2150DESDEMONADo you know, sirrah, where Lieutenant
line 2151Cassio lies?
line 2152CLOWNI dare not say he lies anywhere.
line 2153DESDEMONAWhy, man?
5line 2154CLOWNHe’s a soldier, and for me to say a soldier lies,
line 2155’tis stabbing.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 153 line 2156DESDEMONAGo to! Where lodges he?
line 2157CLOWNTo tell you where he lodges is to tell you
line 2158where I lie.
10line 2159DESDEMONACan anything be made of this?
line 2160CLOWNI know not where he lodges; and for me to
line 2161devise a lodging and say he lies here, or he lies
line 2162there, were to lie in mine own throat.
line 2163DESDEMONACan you inquire him out, and be edified
15line 2164by report?
line 2165CLOWNI will catechize the world for him—that is,
line 2166make questions, and by them answer.
line 2167DESDEMONASeek him, bid him come hither. Tell him I
line 2168have moved my lord on his behalf and hope all will
20line 2169be well.
line 2170CLOWNTo do this is within the compass of man’s wit,
line 2171and therefore I will attempt the doing it.

Clown exits.

DESDEMONA
line 2172Where should I lose that handkerchief, Emilia?
line 2173EMILIAI know not, madam.
DESDEMONA
25line 2174Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse
line 2175Full of crusadoes. And but my noble Moor
line 2176Is true of mind and made of no such baseness
line 2177As jealous creatures are, it were enough
line 2178To put him to ill thinking.
30line 2179EMILIAIs he not jealous?
DESDEMONA
line 2180Who, he? I think the sun where he was born
line 2181Drew all such humors from him.
line 2182EMILIALook where he
line 2183comes.

Enter Othello.

DESDEMONA
35line 2184I will not leave him now till Cassio
line 2185Be called to him.—How is ’t with you, my lord?
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 155 OTHELLO
line 2186Well, my good lady. Aside. O, hardness to
line 2187dissemble!—
line 2188How do you, Desdemona?
40line 2189DESDEMONAWell, my good lord.
OTHELLO
line 2190Give me your hand. He takes her hand. This hand
line 2191is moist, my lady.
DESDEMONA
line 2192It yet has felt no age nor known no sorrow.
OTHELLO
line 2193This argues fruitfulness and liberal heart.
45line 2194Hot, hot, and moist. This hand of yours requires
line 2195A sequester from liberty, fasting and prayer,
line 2196Much castigation, exercise devout;
line 2197For here’s a young and sweating devil here
line 2198That commonly rebels. ’Tis a good hand,
50line 2199A frank one.
line 2200DESDEMONAYou may indeed say so,
line 2201For ’twas that hand that gave away my heart.
OTHELLO
line 2202A liberal hand! The hearts of old gave hands,
line 2203But our new heraldry is hands, not hearts.
DESDEMONA
55line 2204I cannot speak of this. Come now, your promise.
line 2205OTHELLOWhat promise, chuck?
DESDEMONA
line 2206I have sent to bid Cassio come speak with you.
OTHELLO
line 2207I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me.
line 2208Lend me thy handkerchief.
60line 2209DESDEMONAHere, my lord.
OTHELLO
line 2210That which I gave you.
line 2211DESDEMONAI have it not about me.
line 2212OTHELLONot?
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 157 line 2213DESDEMONANo, faith, my lord.
65line 2214OTHELLOThat’s a fault. That handkerchief
line 2215Did an Egyptian to my mother give.
line 2216She was a charmer, and could almost read
line 2217The thoughts of people. She told her, while she kept
line 2218it,
70line 2219’Twould make her amiable and subdue my father
line 2220Entirely to her love. But if she lost it,
line 2221Or made a gift of it, my father’s eye
line 2222Should hold her loathèd, and his spirits should hunt
line 2223After new fancies. She, dying, gave it me,
75line 2224And bid me, when my fate would have me wived,
line 2225To give it her. I did so; and take heed on ’t,
line 2226Make it a darling like your precious eye.
line 2227To lose ’t or give ’t away were such perdition
line 2228As nothing else could match.
80line 2229DESDEMONAIs ’t possible?
OTHELLO
line 2230’Tis true. There’s magic in the web of it.
line 2231A sybil that had numbered in the world
line 2232The sun to course two hundred compasses,
line 2233In her prophetic fury sewed the work.
85line 2234The worms were hallowed that did breed the silk,
line 2235And it was dyed in mummy, which the skillful
line 2236Conserved of maidens’ hearts.
line 2237DESDEMONAI’ faith, is ’t true?
OTHELLO
line 2238Most veritable. Therefore, look to ’t well.
DESDEMONA
90line 2239Then would to God that I had never seen ’t!
line 2240OTHELLOHa? Wherefore?
DESDEMONA
line 2241Why do you speak so startingly and rash?
OTHELLO
line 2242Is ’t lost? Is ’t gone? Speak, is ’t out o’ th’ way?
line 2243DESDEMONAHeaven bless us!
95line 2244OTHELLOSay you?
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 159 DESDEMONA
line 2245It is not lost, but what an if it were?
line 2246OTHELLOHow?
line 2247DESDEMONAI say it is not lost.
line 2248OTHELLOFetch ’t. Let me see ’t!
DESDEMONA
100line 2249Why, so I can. But I will not now.
line 2250This is a trick to put me from my suit.
line 2251Pray you, let Cassio be received again.
OTHELLO
line 2252Fetch me the handkerchief! Aside. My mind
line 2253misgives.
105line 2254DESDEMONACome, come.
line 2255You’ll never meet a more sufficient man.
OTHELLO
line 2256The handkerchief!
line 2257DESDEMONAI pray, talk me of Cassio.
line 2258OTHELLOThe handkerchief!
110line 2259DESDEMONAA man that all his time
line 2260Hath founded his good fortunes on your love;
line 2261Shared dangers with you—
OTHELLO
line 2262The handkerchief!
line 2263DESDEMONAI’ faith, you are to blame.
115line 2264OTHELLOZounds!Othello exits.
line 2265EMILIAIs not this man jealous?
line 2266DESDEMONAI ne’er saw this before.
line 2267Sure, there’s some wonder in this handkerchief!
line 2268I am most unhappy in the loss of it.
EMILIA
120line 2269’Tis not a year or two shows us a man.
line 2270They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
line 2271They eat us hungerly, and when they are full
line 2272They belch us.

Enter Iago and Cassio.

line 2273Look you—Cassio and my husband.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 161 IAGOto Cassio
125line 2274There is no other way; ’tis she must do ’t,
line 2275And, lo, the happiness! Go and importune her.
DESDEMONA
line 2276How now, good Cassio, what’s the news with you?
CASSIO
line 2277Madam, my former suit. I do beseech you
line 2278That by your virtuous means I may again
130line 2279Exist, and be a member of his love
line 2280Whom I with all the office of my heart
line 2281Entirely honor. I would not be delayed.
line 2282If my offense be of such mortal kind
line 2283That nor my service past nor present sorrows
135line 2284Nor purposed merit in futurity
line 2285Can ransom me into his love again,
line 2286But to know so must be my benefit.
line 2287So shall I clothe me in a forced content,
line 2288And shut myself up in some other course
140line 2289To fortune’s alms.
line 2290DESDEMONAAlas, thrice-gentle Cassio,
line 2291My advocation is not now in tune.
line 2292My lord is not my lord; nor should I know him
line 2293Were he in favor as in humor altered.
145line 2294So help me every spirit sanctified
line 2295As I have spoken for you all my best,
line 2296And stood within the blank of his displeasure
line 2297For my free speech! You must awhile be patient.
line 2298What I can do I will; and more I will
150line 2299Than for myself I dare. Let that suffice you.
IAGO
line 2300Is my lord angry?
line 2301EMILIAHe went hence but now,
line 2302And certainly in strange unquietness.
IAGO
line 2303Can he be angry? I have seen the cannon
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 163 155line 2304When it hath blown his ranks into the air
line 2305And, like the devil, from his very arm
line 2306Puffed his own brother—and is he angry?
line 2307Something of moment then. I will go meet him.
line 2308There’s matter in ’t indeed if he be angry.
DESDEMONA
160line 2309I prithee do so.He exits.
line 2310Something, sure, of state,
line 2311Either from Venice, or some unhatched practice
line 2312Made demonstrable here in Cyprus to him,
line 2313Hath puddled his clear spirit; and in such cases
165line 2314Men’s natures wrangle with inferior things,
line 2315Though great ones are their object. ’Tis even so.
line 2316For let our finger ache, and it endues
line 2317Our other healthful members even to a sense
line 2318Of pain. Nay, we must think men are not gods,
170line 2319Nor of them look for such observancy
line 2320As fits the bridal. Beshrew me much, Emilia,
line 2321I was—unhandsome warrior as I am!—
line 2322Arraigning his unkindness with my soul.
line 2323But now I find I had suborned the witness,
175line 2324And he’s indicted falsely.
line 2325EMILIAPray heaven it be
line 2326State matters, as you think, and no conception
line 2327Nor no jealous toy concerning you.
DESDEMONA
line 2328Alas the day, I never gave him cause!
EMILIA
180line 2329But jealous souls will not be answered so.
line 2330They are not ever jealous for the cause,
line 2331But jealous for they’re jealous. It is a monster
line 2332Begot upon itself, born on itself.
DESDEMONA
line 2333Heaven keep that monster from Othello’s mind!
185line 2334EMILIALady, amen.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 165 DESDEMONA
line 2335I will go seek him.—Cassio, walk hereabout.
line 2336If I do find him fit, I’ll move your suit
line 2337And seek to effect it to my uttermost.
line 2338CASSIOI humbly thank your Ladyship.

Desdemona and Emilia exit.

Enter Bianca.

BIANCA
190line 2339’Save you, friend Cassio!
line 2340CASSIOWhat make you from
line 2341home?
line 2342How is ’t with you, my most fair Bianca?
line 2343I’ faith, sweet love, I was coming to your house.
BIANCA
195line 2344And I was going to your lodging, Cassio.
line 2345What, keep a week away? Seven days and nights,
line 2346Eightscore eight hours, and lovers’ absent hours
line 2347More tedious than the dial eightscore times?
line 2348O weary reck’ning!
200line 2349CASSIOPardon me, Bianca.
line 2350I have this while with leaden thoughts been pressed,
line 2351But I shall in a more continuate time
line 2352Strike off this score of absence. Sweet Bianca,

Giving her Desdemona’s handkerchief.

line 2353Take me this work out.
205line 2354BIANCAO, Cassio, whence came this?
line 2355This is some token from a newer friend.
line 2356To the felt absence now I feel a cause.
line 2357Is ’t come to this? Well, well.
line 2358CASSIOGo to, woman!
210line 2359Throw your vile guesses in the devil’s teeth,
line 2360From whence you have them. You are jealous now
line 2361That this is from some mistress, some
line 2362remembrance.
line 2363No, by my faith, Bianca.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 167 215line 2364BIANCAWhy, whose is it?
CASSIO
line 2365I know not neither. I found it in my chamber.
line 2366I like the work well. Ere it be demanded,
line 2367As like enough it will, I would have it copied.
line 2368Take it, and do ’t, and leave me for this time.
220line 2369BIANCALeave you? Wherefore?
CASSIO
line 2370I do attend here on the General,
line 2371And think it no addition, nor my wish,
line 2372To have him see me womaned.
line 2373BIANCAWhy, I pray you?
225line 2374CASSIONot that I love you not.
line 2375BIANCABut that you do not love me!
line 2376I pray you bring me on the way a little,
line 2377And say if I shall see you soon at night.
CASSIO
line 2378’Tis but a little way that I can bring you,
230line 2379For I attend here. But I’ll see you soon.
BIANCA
line 2380’Tis very good. I must be circumstanced.

They exit.


ACT 4


Scene 1

Enter Othello and Iago.

IAGO
line 2381Will you think so?
line 2382OTHELLOThink so, Iago?
line 23830IAGOWhat,
line 2383To kiss in private?
5line 2384OTHELLOAn unauthorized kiss!
IAGO
line 2385Or to be naked with her friend in bed
line 2386An hour or more, not meaning any harm?
OTHELLO
line 2387Naked in bed, Iago, and not mean harm?
line 2388It is hypocrisy against the devil!
10line 2389They that mean virtuously, and yet do so,
line 2390The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt
line 2391heaven.
IAGO
line 2392If they do nothing, ’tis a venial slip.
line 2393But if I give my wife a handkerchief—
15line 2394OTHELLOWhat then?
IAGO
line 2395Why then, ’tis hers, my lord, and being hers,
line 2396She may, I think, bestow ’t on any man.
OTHELLO
line 2397She is protectress of her honor, too.
line 2398May she give that?
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 173 IAGO
20line 2399Her honor is an essence that’s not seen;
line 2400They have it very oft that have it not.
line 2401But for the handkerchief—
OTHELLO
line 2402By heaven, I would most gladly have forgot it.
line 2403Thou saidst—O, it comes o’er my memory
25line 2404As doth the raven o’er the infectious house,
line 2405Boding to all—he had my handkerchief.
IAGO
line 2406Ay, what of that?
line 2407OTHELLOThat’s not so good now.
line 24080IAGOWhat
30line 2408If I had said I had seen him do you wrong?
line 2409Or heard him say (as knaves be such abroad,
line 2410Who having, by their own importunate suit
line 2411Or voluntary dotage of some mistress,
line 2412Convincèd or supplied them, cannot choose
35line 2413But they must blab)—
line 2414OTHELLOHath he said anything?
IAGO
line 2415He hath, my lord, but be you well assured,
line 2416No more than he’ll unswear.
line 2417OTHELLOWhat hath he said?
IAGO
40line 2418Faith, that he did—I know not what he did.
line 2419OTHELLOWhat? What?
IAGO
line 2420Lie—
line 2421OTHELLOWith her?
line 2422IAGOWith her—on her—what you will.
45line 2423OTHELLOLie with her? Lie on her? We say “lie on her”
line 2424when they belie her. Lie with her—Zounds, that’s
line 2425fulsome! Handkerchief—confessions—handkerchief.
line 2426To confess and be hanged for his labor.
line 2427First to be hanged and then to confess—I tremble
50line 2428at it. Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing
line 2429passion without some instruction. It is not
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 175 line 2430words that shakes me thus. Pish! Noses, ears, and
line 2431lips—is ’t possible? Confess—handkerchief—O,
line 2432devil!He falls in a trance.
55line 2433IAGOWork on,
line 2434My medicine, work! Thus credulous fools are
line 2435caught,
line 2436And many worthy and chaste dames even thus,
line 2437All guiltless, meet reproach.—What ho! My lord!
60line 2438My lord, I say. Othello!

Enter Cassio.

line 2439How now, Cassio?
line 2440CASSIOWhat’s the matter?
IAGO
line 2441My lord is fall’n into an epilepsy.
line 2442This is his second fit. He had one yesterday.
CASSIO
65line 2443Rub him about the temples.
line 2444IAGONo, forbear.
line 2445The lethargy must have his quiet course.
line 2446If not, he foams at mouth, and by and by
line 2447Breaks out to savage madness. Look, he stirs.
70line 2448Do you withdraw yourself a little while.
line 2449He will recover straight. When he is gone,
line 2450I would on great occasion speak with you.

Cassio exits.

line 2451How is it, general? Have you not hurt your head?
OTHELLO
line 2452Dost thou mock me?
75line 2453IAGOI mock you not, by heaven!
line 2454Would you would bear your fortune like a man!
OTHELLO
line 2455A hornèd man’s a monster and a beast.
IAGO
line 2456There’s many a beast, then, in a populous city,
line 2457And many a civil monster.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 177 OTHELLO
80line 2458Did he confess it?
line 2459IAGOGood sir, be a man!
line 2460Think every bearded fellow that’s but yoked
line 2461May draw with you. There’s millions now alive
line 2462That nightly lie in those unproper beds
85line 2463Which they dare swear peculiar. Your case is better.
line 2464O, ’tis the spite of hell, the fiend’s arch-mock,
line 2465To lip a wanton in a secure couch
line 2466And to suppose her chaste! No, let me know,
line 2467And knowing what I am, I know what she shall be.
90line 2468OTHELLOO, thou art wise, ’tis certain.
line 2469IAGOStand you awhile apart.
line 2470Confine yourself but in a patient list.
line 2471Whilst you were here, o’erwhelmèd with your grief—
line 2472A passion most unsuiting such a man—
95line 2473Cassio came hither. I shifted him away
line 2474And laid good ’scuses upon your ecstasy,
line 2475Bade him anon return and here speak with me,
line 2476The which he promised. Do but encave yourself,
line 2477And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns
100line 2478That dwell in every region of his face.
line 2479For I will make him tell the tale anew—
line 2480Where, how, how oft, how long ago, and when
line 2481He hath and is again to cope your wife.
line 2482I say but mark his gesture. Marry, patience,
105line 2483Or I shall say you’re all in all in spleen,
line 2484And nothing of a man.
line 2485OTHELLODost thou hear, Iago,
line 2486I will be found most cunning in my patience,
line 2487But (dost thou hear?) most bloody.
110line 2488IAGOThat’s not amiss.
line 2489But yet keep time in all. Will you withdraw?

Othello withdraws.

line 2490Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,
line 2491A huswife that by selling her desires
line 2492Buys herself bread and clothes. It is a creature
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 179 115line 2493That dotes on Cassio—as ’tis the strumpet’s plague
line 2494To beguile many and be beguiled by one.
line 2495He, when he hears of her, cannot restrain
line 2496From the excess of laughter. Here he comes.

Enter Cassio.

line 2497As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad,
120line 2498And his unbookish jealousy must construe
line 2499Poor Cassio’s smiles, gestures, and light behaviors
line 2500Quite in the wrong.—How do you, lieutenant?
CASSIO
line 2501The worser that you give me the addition
line 2502Whose want even kills me.
IAGO
125line 2503Ply Desdemona well, and you are sure on ’t.
line 2504Now, if this suit lay in Bianca’s power,
line 2505How quickly should you speed!
line 2506CASSIOlaughing Alas, poor caitiff!
line 2507OTHELLOLook how he laughs already!
130line 2508IAGOI never knew woman love man so.
CASSIO
line 2509Alas, poor rogue, I think i’ faith she loves me.
OTHELLO
line 2510Now he denies it faintly and laughs it out.
IAGO
line 2511Do you hear, Cassio?
line 2512OTHELLONow he importunes him
135line 2513To tell it o’er. Go to, well said, well said.
IAGO
line 2514She gives it out that you shall marry her.
line 2515Do you intend it?
line 2516CASSIOHa, ha, ha!
OTHELLO
line 2517Do you triumph, Roman? Do you triumph?
140line 2518CASSIOI marry her? What, a customer? Prithee bear
line 2519some charity to my wit! Do not think it so unwholesome.
line 2520Ha, ha, ha!
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 181 line 2521OTHELLOSo, so, so, so. They laugh that wins.
IAGO
line 2522Faith, the cry goes that you marry her.
145line 2523CASSIOPrithee say true!
line 2524IAGOI am a very villain else.
line 2525OTHELLOHave you scored me? Well.
line 2526CASSIOThis is the monkey’s own giving out. She is
line 2527persuaded I will marry her out of her own love and
150line 2528flattery, not out of my promise.
OTHELLO
line 2529Iago beckons me. Now he begins the story.
line 2530CASSIOShe was here even now. She haunts me in
line 2531every place. I was the other day talking on the
line 2532sea-bank with certain Venetians, and thither comes
155line 2533the bauble. By this hand, she falls thus about my
line 2534neck!
line 2535OTHELLOCrying, “O dear Cassio,” as it were; his
line 2536gesture imports it.
line 2537CASSIOSo hangs and lolls and weeps upon me, so
160line 2538shakes and pulls me. Ha, ha, ha!
line 2539OTHELLONow he tells how she plucked him to my
line 2540chamber.—O, I see that nose of yours, but not that
line 2541dog I shall throw it to.
line 2542CASSIOWell, I must leave her company.
165line 2543IAGOBefore me, look where she comes.

Enter Bianca.

line 2544CASSIO’Tis such another fitchew—marry, a perfumed
line 2545one!—What do you mean by this haunting
line 2546of me?
line 2547BIANCALet the devil and his dam haunt you! What did
170line 2548you mean by that same handkerchief you gave me
line 2549even now? I was a fine fool to take it! I must take
line 2550out the work? A likely piece of work, that you
line 2551should find it in your chamber and know not who
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 183 line 2552left it there! This is some minx’s token, and I must
175line 2553take out the work! There, give it your hobbyhorse.
line 2554Wheresoever you had it, I’ll take out no work on ’t.
CASSIO
line 2555How now, my sweet Bianca? How now? How now?
OTHELLO
line 2556By heaven, that should be my handkerchief!
line 2557BIANCAIf you’ll come to supper tonight you may. If
180line 2558you will not, come when you are next prepared
line 2559for.She exits.
line 2560IAGOAfter her, after her!
line 2561CASSIOFaith, I must. She’ll rail in the streets else.
line 2562IAGOWill you sup there?
185line 2563CASSIOFaith, I intend so.
line 2564IAGOWell, I may chance to see you, for I would very
line 2565fain speak with you.
line 2566CASSIOPrithee come. Will you?
line 2567IAGOGo to; say no more.Cassio exits.
190line 2568OTHELLOcoming forward How shall I murder him,
line 2569Iago?
line 2570IAGODid you perceive how he laughed at his vice?
line 2571OTHELLOO Iago!
line 2572IAGOAnd did you see the handkerchief?
195line 2573OTHELLOWas that mine?
line 2574IAGOYours, by this hand! And to see how he prizes
line 2575the foolish woman your wife! She gave it him, and
line 2576he hath giv’n it his whore.
line 2577OTHELLOI would have him nine years a-killing! A fine
200line 2578woman, a fair woman, a sweet woman!
line 2579IAGONay, you must forget that.
line 2580OTHELLOAy, let her rot and perish and be damned
line 2581tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned
line 2582to stone. I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, the
205line 2583world hath not a sweeter creature! She might lie by
line 2584an emperor’s side and command him tasks.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 185 line 2585IAGONay, that’s not your way.
line 2586OTHELLOHang her, I do but say what she is! So
line 2587delicate with her needle, an admirable musician—
210line 2588O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear!
line 2589Of so high and plenteous wit and invention!
line 2590IAGOShe’s the worse for all this.
line 2591OTHELLOO, a thousand, a thousand times!—And then
line 2592of so gentle a condition!
215line 2593IAGOAy, too gentle.
line 2594OTHELLONay, that’s certain. But yet the pity of it,
line 2595Iago! O, Iago, the pity of it, Iago!
line 2596IAGOIf you are so fond over her iniquity, give her
line 2597patent to offend, for if it touch not you, it comes
220line 2598near nobody.
line 2599OTHELLOI will chop her into messes! Cuckold me?
line 2600IAGOO, ’tis foul in her.
line 2601OTHELLOWith mine officer!
line 2602IAGOThat’s fouler.
225line 2603OTHELLOGet me some poison, Iago, this night. I’ll not
line 2604expostulate with her lest her body and beauty
line 2605unprovide my mind again. This night, Iago.
line 2606IAGODo it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed,
line 2607even the bed she hath contaminated.
230line 2608OTHELLOGood, good. The justice of it pleases. Very
line 2609good.
line 2610IAGOAnd for Cassio, let me be his undertaker. You
line 2611shall hear more by midnight.
OTHELLO
line 2612Excellent good.A trumpet sounds.
235line 2613What trumpet is that same?
line 2614IAGOI warrant something from Venice.

Enter Lodovico, Desdemona, and Attendants.

line 2615’Tis Lodovico. This comes from the Duke.
line 2616See, your wife’s with him.
line 2617LODOVICOGod save you, worthy general.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 187 240line 2618OTHELLOWith all my heart, sir.
LODOVICO
line 2619The Duke and the Senators of Venice greet you.

He hands Othello a paper.

OTHELLO
line 2620I kiss the instrument of their pleasures.
DESDEMONA
line 2621And what’s the news, good cousin Lodovico?
IAGO
line 2622I am very glad to see you, signior.
245line 2623Welcome to Cyprus.
LODOVICO
line 2624I thank you. How does Lieutenant Cassio?
line 2625IAGOLives, sir.
DESDEMONA
line 2626Cousin, there’s fall’n between him and my lord
line 2627An unkind breach, but you shall make all well.
250line 2628OTHELLOAre you sure of that?
line 2629DESDEMONAMy lord?
line 2630OTHELLOreading “This fail you not to do, as you
line 2631will”—
LODOVICO
line 2632He did not call; he’s busy in the paper.
255line 2633Is there division ’twixt my lord and Cassio?
DESDEMONA
line 2634A most unhappy one. I would do much
line 2635T’ atone them, for the love I bear to Cassio.
line 2636OTHELLOFire and brimstone!
line 2637DESDEMONAMy lord?
260line 2638OTHELLOAre you wise?
DESDEMONA
line 2639What, is he angry?
line 2640LODOVICOMay be the letter moved him.
line 2641For, as I think, they do command him home,
line 2642Deputing Cassio in his government.
265line 2643DESDEMONABy my troth, I am glad on ’t.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 189 line 2644OTHELLOIndeed?
line 2645DESDEMONAMy lord?
line 2646OTHELLOI am glad to see you mad.
line 2647DESDEMONAWhy, sweet Othello!
270line 2648OTHELLOstriking her Devil!
line 2649DESDEMONAI have not deserved this.
LODOVICO
line 2650My lord, this would not be believed in Venice,
line 2651Though I should swear I saw ’t. ’Tis very much.
line 2652Make her amends. She weeps.
275line 2653OTHELLOO, devil, devil!
line 2654If that the Earth could teem with woman’s tears,
line 2655Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.
line 2656Out of my sight!
line 2657DESDEMONAI will not stay to offend you.

She begins to leave.

280line 2658LODOVICOTruly an obedient lady.
line 2659I do beseech your Lordship call her back.
line 2660OTHELLOMistress.
line 2661DESDEMONAturning back My lord?
line 2662OTHELLOWhat would you with her, sir?
285line 2663LODOVICOWho, I, my lord?
OTHELLO
line 2664Ay, you did wish that I would make her turn.
line 2665Sir, she can turn, and turn, and yet go on,
line 2666And turn again. And she can weep, sir, weep.
line 2667And she’s obedient, as you say, obedient.
290line 2668Very obedient.—Proceed you in your tears.—
line 2669Concerning this, sir—O, well-painted passion!—
line 2670I am commanded home.—Get you away.
line 2671I’ll send for you anon.—Sir, I obey the mandate
line 2672And will return to Venice.—Hence, avaunt!

Desdemona exits.

295line 2673Cassio shall have my place. And, sir, tonight
line 2674I do entreat that we may sup together.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 191 line 2675You are welcome, sir, to Cyprus. Goats and
line 2676monkeys!He exits.
LODOVICO
line 2677Is this the noble Moor, whom our full senate
300line 2678Call all in all sufficient? Is this the nature
line 2679Whom passion could not shake, whose solid virtue
line 2680The shot of accident nor dart of chance
line 2681Could neither graze nor pierce?
line 2682IAGOHe is much
305line 2683changed.
LODOVICO
line 2684Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain?
IAGO
line 2685He’s that he is. I may not breathe my censure
line 2686What he might be. If what he might he is not,
line 2687I would to heaven he were.
310line 2688LODOVICOWhat? Strike his wife?
IAGO
line 2689’Faith, that was not so well. Yet would I knew
line 2690That stroke would prove the worst.
line 2691LODOVICOIs it his use?
line 2692Or did the letters work upon his blood
315line 2693And new-create this fault?
line 2694IAGOAlas, alas!
line 2695It is not honesty in me to speak
line 2696What I have seen and known. You shall observe
line 2697him,
320line 2698And his own courses will denote him so
line 2699That I may save my speech. Do but go after
line 2700And mark how he continues.
LODOVICO
line 2701I am sorry that I am deceived in him.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 193

Scene 2

Enter Othello and Emilia.

line 2702OTHELLOYou have seen nothing then?
EMILIA
line 2703Nor ever heard, nor ever did suspect.
OTHELLO
line 2704Yes, you have seen Cassio and she together.
EMILIA
line 2705But then I saw no harm, and then I heard
5line 2706Each syllable that breath made up between them.
OTHELLO
line 2707What, did they never whisper?
line 2708EMILIANever, my lord.
line 2709OTHELLONor send you out o’ th’ way?
line 2710EMILIANever.
OTHELLO
10line 2711To fetch her fan, her gloves, her mask, nor nothing?
line 2712EMILIANever, my lord.
line 2713OTHELLOThat’s strange.
EMILIA
line 2714I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest,
line 2715Lay down my soul at stake. If you think other,
15line 2716Remove your thought. It doth abuse your bosom.
line 2717If any wretch have put this in your head,
line 2718Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse,
line 2719For if she be not honest, chaste, and true,
line 2720There’s no man happy. The purest of their wives
20line 2721Is foul as slander.
line 2722OTHELLOBid her come hither. Go.

Emilia exits.

line 2723She says enough. Yet she’s a simple bawd
line 2724That cannot say as much. This is a subtle whore,
line 2725A closet lock and key of villainous secrets.
25line 2726And yet she’ll kneel and pray. I have seen her do ’t.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 195

Enter Desdemona and Emilia.

line 2727DESDEMONAMy lord, what is your will?
OTHELLO
line 2728Pray you, chuck, come hither.
line 2729DESDEMONAWhat is your
line 2730pleasure?
OTHELLO
30line 2731Let me see your eyes. Look in my face.
line 2732DESDEMONAWhat horrible fancy’s this?
line 2733OTHELLOto Emilia Some of your function,
line 2734mistress.
line 2735Leave procreants alone, and shut the door.
35line 2736Cough, or cry “hem,” if anybody come.
line 2737Your mystery, your mystery! Nay, dispatch.

Emilia exits.

DESDEMONAkneeling
line 2738Upon my knees, what doth your speech import?
line 2739I understand a fury in your words,
line 2740But not the words.
40line 2741OTHELLOWhy? What art thou?
DESDEMONA
line 2742Your wife, my lord, your true and loyal wife.
line 2743OTHELLOCome, swear it. Damn thyself,
line 2744Lest, being like one of heaven, the devils themselves
line 2745Should fear to seize thee. Therefore be double
45line 2746damned.
line 2747Swear thou art honest.
line 2748DESDEMONAHeaven doth truly know it.
OTHELLO
line 2749Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.
DESDEMONAstanding
line 2750To whom, my lord? With whom? How am I false?
OTHELLO
50line 2751Ah, Desdemon, away, away, away!
DESDEMONA
line 2752Alas the heavy day, why do you weep?
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 197 line 2753Am I the motive of these tears, my lord?
line 2754If haply you my father do suspect
line 2755An instrument of this your calling back,
55line 2756Lay not your blame on me. If you have lost him,
line 2757I have lost him too.
line 2758OTHELLOHad it pleased heaven
line 2759To try me with affliction, had they rained
line 2760All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
60line 2761Steeped me in poverty to the very lips,
line 2762Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes,
line 2763I should have found in some place of my soul
line 2764A drop of patience. But alas, to make me
line 2765A fixèd figure for the time of scorn
65line 2766To point his slow unmoving finger at—
line 2767Yet could I bear that too, well, very well.
line 2768But there where I have garnered up my heart,
line 2769Where either I must live or bear no life,
line 2770The fountain from the which my current runs
70line 2771Or else dries up—to be discarded thence,
line 2772Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
line 2773To knot and gender in—turn thy complexion there,
line 2774Patience, thou young and rose-lipped cherubin,
line 2775Ay, there look grim as hell.
DESDEMONA
75line 2776I hope my noble lord esteems me honest.
OTHELLO
line 2777O, ay, as summer flies are in the shambles,
line 2778That quicken even with blowing! O thou weed,
line 2779Who art so lovely fair, and smell’st so sweet
line 2780That the sense aches at thee, would thou hadst
80line 2781ne’er been born!
DESDEMONA
line 2782Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed?
OTHELLO
line 2783Was this fair paper, this most goodly book,
line 2784Made to write “whore” upon? What committed?
line 2785Committed? O thou public commoner,
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 199 85line 2786I should make very forges of my cheeks
line 2787That would to cinders burn up modesty,
line 2788Did I but speak thy deeds. What committed?
line 2789Heaven stops the nose at it, and the moon winks;
line 2790The bawdy wind that kisses all it meets
90line 2791Is hushed within the hollow mine of earth
line 2792And will not hear ’t. What committed?
line 2793Impudent strumpet!
line 2794DESDEMONABy heaven, you do me wrong!
line 2795OTHELLOAre not you a strumpet?
95line 2796DESDEMONANo, as I am a Christian!
line 2797If to preserve this vessel for my lord
line 2798From any other foul unlawful touch
line 2799Be not to be a strumpet, I am none.
line 2800OTHELLOWhat, not a whore?
100line 2801DESDEMONANo, as I shall be saved.
line 2802OTHELLOIs ’t possible?
DESDEMONA
line 2803O, heaven forgive us!
line 2804OTHELLOI cry you mercy, then.
line 2805I took you for that cunning whore of Venice
105line 2806That married with Othello.—You, mistress,

Enter Emilia.

line 2807That have the office opposite to Saint Peter
line 2808And keeps the gate of hell—you, you, ay, you!
line 2809We have done our course. There’s money for your
line 2810pains.He gives her money.
110line 2811I pray you turn the key and keep our counsel.

He exits.

EMILIA
line 2812Alas, what does this gentleman conceive?
line 2813How do you, madam? How do you, my good lady?
line 2814DESDEMONAFaith, half asleep.
EMILIA
line 2815Good madam, what’s the matter with my lord?
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 201 115line 2816DESDEMONAWith who?
line 2817EMILIAWhy, with my lord, madam.
DESDEMONA
line 2818Who is thy lord?
line 2819EMILIAHe that is yours, sweet lady.
DESDEMONA
line 2820I have none. Do not talk to me, Emilia.
120line 2821I cannot weep, nor answers have I none
line 2822But what should go by water. Prithee, tonight
line 2823Lay on my bed my wedding sheets. Remember.
line 2824And call thy husband hither.
line 2825EMILIAHere’s a change indeed.She exits.
DESDEMONA
125line 2826’Tis meet I should be used so, very meet.
line 2827How have I been behaved that he might stick
line 2828The small’st opinion on my least misuse?

Enter Iago and Emilia.

IAGO
line 2829What is your pleasure, madam? How is ’t with you?
DESDEMONA
line 2830I cannot tell. Those that do teach young babes
130line 2831Do it with gentle means and easy tasks.
line 2832He might have chid me so, for, in good faith,
line 2833I am a child to chiding.
line 2834IAGOWhat is the matter, lady?
EMILIA
line 2835Alas, Iago, my lord hath so bewhored her,
135line 2836Thrown such despite and heavy terms upon her
line 2837As true hearts cannot bear.
DESDEMONA
line 2838Am I that name, Iago?
line 2839IAGOWhat name, fair
line 2840lady?
DESDEMONA
140line 2841Such as she said my lord did say I was.
EMILIA
line 2842He called her “whore.” A beggar in his drink
line 2843Could not have laid such terms upon his callet.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 203 line 2844IAGOWhy did he so?
DESDEMONA
line 2845I do not know. I am sure I am none such.
IAGO
145line 2846Do not weep, do not weep! Alas the day!
EMILIA
line 2847Hath she forsook so many noble matches,
line 2848Her father and her country and her friends,
line 2849To be called “whore”? Would it not make one
line 2850weep?
150line 2851DESDEMONAIt is my wretched fortune.
IAGO
line 2852Beshrew him for ’t! How comes this trick upon him?
line 2853DESDEMONANay, heaven doth know.
EMILIA
line 2854I will be hanged if some eternal villain,
line 2855Some busy and insinuating rogue,
155line 2856Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office,
line 2857Have not devised this slander. I will be hanged else.
IAGO
line 2858Fie, there is no such man. It is impossible.
DESDEMONA
line 2859If any such there be, heaven pardon him.
EMILIA
line 2860A halter pardon him, and hell gnaw his bones!
160line 2861Why should he call her “whore”? Who keeps her
line 2862company?
line 2863What place? What time? What form? What
line 2864likelihood?
line 2865The Moor’s abused by some most villainous knave,
165line 2866Some base notorious knave, some scurvy fellow.
line 2867O heaven, that such companions thou ’dst unfold,
line 2868And put in every honest hand a whip
line 2869To lash the rascals naked through the world,
line 2870Even from the east to th’ west!
170line 2871IAGOSpeak within door.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 205 EMILIA
line 2872O, fie upon them! Some such squire he was
line 2873That turned your wit the seamy side without
line 2874And made you to suspect me with the Moor.
IAGO
line 2875You are a fool. Go to!
175line 2876DESDEMONAAlas, Iago,
line 2877What shall I do to win my lord again?
line 2878Good friend, go to him. For by this light of heaven,
line 2879I know not how I lost him. She kneels. Here I
line 2880kneel.
180line 2881If e’er my will did trespass ’gainst his love,
line 2882Either in discourse of thought or actual deed,
line 2883Or that mine eyes, mine ears, or any sense
line 2884Delighted them in any other form,
line 2885Or that I do not yet, and ever did,
185line 2886And ever will—though he do shake me off
line 2887To beggarly divorcement—love him dearly,
line 2888Comfort forswear me! She stands. Unkindness may
line 2889do much,
line 2890And his unkindness may defeat my life,
190line 2891But never taint my love. I cannot say “whore”—
line 2892It does abhor me now I speak the word.
line 2893To do the act that might the addition earn,
line 2894Not the world’s mass of vanity could make me.
IAGO
line 2895I pray you be content. ’Tis but his humor.
195line 2896The business of the state does him offense,
line 2897And he does chide with you.
DESDEMONA
line 2898If ’twere no other—
line 2899IAGOIt is but so, I warrant.

Trumpets sound.

line 2900Hark how these instruments summon to supper.
200line 2901The messengers of Venice stays the meat.
line 2902Go in and weep not. All things shall be well.

Desdemona and Emilia exit.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 207

Enter Roderigo.

line 2903How now, Roderigo?
line 2904RODERIGOI do not find
line 2905That thou deal’st justly with me.
205line 2906IAGOWhat in the contrary?
line 2907RODERIGOEvery day thou daff’st me with some device,
line 2908Iago, and rather, as it seems to me now,
line 2909keep’st from me all conveniency than suppliest me
line 2910with the least advantage of hope. I will indeed no
210line 2911longer endure it. Nor am I yet persuaded to put up
line 2912in peace what already I have foolishly suffered.
line 2913IAGOWill you hear me, Roderigo?
line 2914RODERIGOFaith, I have heard too much, and your
line 2915words and performances are no kin together.
215line 2916IAGOYou charge me most unjustly.
line 2917RODERIGOWith naught but truth. I have wasted myself
line 2918out of my means. The jewels you have had
line 2919from me to deliver to Desdemona would half have
line 2920corrupted a votaress. You have told me she hath
220line 2921received them, and returned me expectations and
line 2922comforts of sudden respect and acquaintance, but I
line 2923find none.
line 2924IAGOWell, go to! Very well.
line 2925RODERIGO“Very well.” “Go to!” I cannot go to, man,
225line 2926nor ’tis not very well! By this hand, I say ’tis very
line 2927scurvy, and begin to find myself fopped in it.
line 2928IAGOVery well.
line 2929RODERIGOI tell you ’tis not very well! I will make
line 2930myself known to Desdemona. If she will return me
230line 2931my jewels, I will give over my suit and repent my
line 2932unlawful solicitation. If not, assure yourself I will
line 2933seek satisfaction of you.
line 2934IAGOYou have said now.
line 2935RODERIGOAy, and said nothing but what I protest
235line 2936intendment of doing.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 209 line 2937IAGOWhy, now I see there’s mettle in thee, and even
line 2938from this instant do build on thee a better opinion
line 2939than ever before. Give me thy hand, Roderigo.
line 2940Thou hast taken against me a most just exception,
240line 2941but yet I protest I have dealt most directly in thy
line 2942affair.
line 2943RODERIGOIt hath not appeared.
line 2944IAGOI grant indeed it hath not appeared, and your
line 2945suspicion is not without wit and judgment. But,
245line 2946Roderigo, if thou hast that in thee indeed which I
line 2947have greater reason to believe now than ever—I
line 2948mean purpose, courage, and valor—this night show
line 2949it. If thou the next night following enjoy not Desdemona,
line 2950take me from this world with treachery and
250line 2951devise engines for my life.
line 2952RODERIGOWell, what is it? Is it within reason and
line 2953compass?
line 2954IAGOSir, there is especial commission come from
line 2955Venice to depute Cassio in Othello’s place.
255line 2956RODERIGOIs that true? Why, then, Othello and Desdemona
line 2957return again to Venice.
line 2958IAGOO, no. He goes into Mauritania and takes away
line 2959with him the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be
line 2960lingered here by some accident—wherein none
260line 2961can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio.
line 2962RODERIGOHow do you mean, removing him?
line 2963IAGOWhy, by making him uncapable of Othello’s
line 2964place: knocking out his brains.
line 2965RODERIGOAnd that you would have me to do?
265line 2966IAGOAy, if you dare do yourself a profit and a right. He
line 2967sups tonight with a harlotry, and thither will I go to
line 2968him. He knows not yet of his honorable fortune. If
line 2969you will watch his going thence (which I will
line 2970fashion to fall out between twelve and one), you may
270line 2971take him at your pleasure. I will be near to second
line 2972your attempt, and he shall fall between us. Come,
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 211 line 2973stand not amazed at it, but go along with me. I will
line 2974show you such a necessity in his death that you shall
line 2975think yourself bound to put it on him. It is now high
275line 2976supper time, and the night grows to waste. About it!
line 2977RODERIGOI will hear further reason for this.
line 2978IAGOAnd you shall be satisfied.

They exit.



Scene 3

Enter Othello, Lodovico, Desdemona, Emilia, and Attendants.

LODOVICO
line 2979I do beseech you, sir, trouble yourself no further.
OTHELLO
line 2980O, pardon me, ’twill do me good to walk.
LODOVICO
line 2981Madam, good night. I humbly thank your Ladyship.
line 2982DESDEMONAYour Honor is most welcome.
OTHELLO
5line 2983Will you walk, sir?—O, Desdemona—
line 2984DESDEMONAMy lord?
line 2985OTHELLOGet you to bed on th’ instant. I will be
line 2986returned forthwith. Dismiss your attendant there.
line 2987Look ’t be done.
10line 2988DESDEMONAI will, my lord.

All but Desdemona and Emilia exit.

EMILIA
line 2989How goes it now? He looks gentler than he did.
DESDEMONA
line 2990He says he will return incontinent,
line 2991And hath commanded me to go to bed,
line 2992And bade me to dismiss you.
15line 2993EMILIADismiss me?
DESDEMONA
line 2994It was his bidding. Therefore, good Emilia,
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 213 line 2995Give me my nightly wearing, and adieu.
line 2996We must not now displease him.
line 2997EMILIAI would you had never seen him.
DESDEMONA
20line 2998So would not I. My love doth so approve him
line 2999That even his stubbornness, his checks, his frowns—
line 3000Prithee, unpin me—have grace and favor in them.
EMILIA
line 3001I have laid those sheets you bade me on the bed.
DESDEMONA
line 3002All’s one. Good faith, how foolish are our minds!
25line 3003If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me
line 3004In one of those same sheets.
line 3005EMILIACome, come, you talk!
DESDEMONA
line 3006My mother had a maid called Barbary.
line 3007She was in love, and he she loved proved mad
30line 3008And did forsake her. She had a song of willow,
line 3009An old thing ’twas, but it expressed her fortune,
line 3010And she died singing it. That song tonight
line 3011Will not go from my mind. I have much to do
line 3012But to go hang my head all at one side
35line 3013And sing it like poor Barbary. Prithee, dispatch.
line 3014EMILIAShall I go fetch your nightgown?
line 3015DESDEMONANo, unpin me here.
line 3016This Lodovico is a proper man.
line 3017EMILIAA very handsome man.
40line 3018DESDEMONAHe speaks well.
line 3019EMILIAI know a lady in Venice would have walked
line 3020barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.
DESDEMONAsinging
line 3021The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
line 3022Sing all a green willow.
45line 3023Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,
line 3024Sing willow, willow, willow.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 215 line 3025The fresh streams ran by her and murmured her
line 3026moans,
line 3027Sing willow, willow, willow;
50line 3028Her salt tears fell from her, and softened the
line 3029stones—
line 3030Lay by these.
line 3031Sing willow, willow, willow.
line 3032Prithee hie thee! He’ll come anon.
55line 3033Sing all a green willow must be my garland.
line 3034Let nobody blame him, his scorn I approve.
line 3035Nay, that’s not next. Hark, who is ’t that knocks?
line 3036EMILIAIt’s the wind.
DESDEMONA
line 3037I called my love false love, but what said he then?
60line 3038Sing willow, willow, willow.
line 3039If I court more women, you’ll couch with more
line 3040men.—
line 3041So, get thee gone. Good night. Mine eyes do itch;
line 3042Doth that bode weeping?
65line 3043EMILIA’Tis neither here nor there.
DESDEMONA
line 3044I have heard it said so. O these men, these men!
line 3045Dost thou in conscience think—tell me, Emilia—
line 3046That there be women do abuse their husbands
line 3047In such gross kind?
70line 3048EMILIAThere be some such, no
line 3049question.
DESDEMONA
line 3050Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?
EMILIA
line 3051Why, would not you?
line 3052DESDEMONANo, by this heavenly light!
EMILIA
75line 3053Nor I neither, by this heavenly light.
line 3054I might do ’t as well i’ th’ dark.
DESDEMONA
line 3055Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 217 line 3056EMILIAThe world’s a huge thing. It is a great price
line 3057for a small vice.
80line 3058DESDEMONAIn troth, I think thou wouldst not.
line 3059EMILIAIn troth, I think I should, and undo ’t when I
line 3060had done it. Marry, I would not do such a thing for
line 3061a joint ring, nor for measures of lawn, nor for
line 3062gowns, petticoats, nor caps, nor any petty exhibition.
85line 3063But for the whole world—’Uds pity! Who
line 3064would not make her husband a cuckold to make
line 3065him a monarch? I should venture purgatory for ’t.
line 3066DESDEMONABeshrew me if I would do such a wrong
line 3067for the whole world!
90line 3068EMILIAWhy, the wrong is but a wrong i’ th’ world;
line 3069and, having the world for your labor, ’tis a wrong in
line 3070your own world, and you might quickly make it
line 3071right.
line 3072DESDEMONAI do not think there is any such woman.
95line 3073EMILIAYes, a dozen; and as many to th’ vantage as
line 3074would store the world they played for.
line 3075But I do think it is their husbands’ faults
line 3076If wives do fall. Say that they slack their duties,
line 3077And pour our treasures into foreign laps;
100line 3078Or else break out in peevish jealousies,
line 3079Throwing restraint upon us. Or say they strike us,
line 3080Or scant our former having in despite.
line 3081Why, we have galls, and though we have some grace,
line 3082Yet have we some revenge. Let husbands know
105line 3083Their wives have sense like them. They see, and
line 3084smell,
line 3085And have their palates both for sweet and sour,
line 3086As husbands have. What is it that they do
line 3087When they change us for others? Is it sport?
110line 3088I think it is. And doth affection breed it?
line 3089I think it doth. Is ’t frailty that thus errs?
line 3090It is so too. And have not we affections,
line 3091Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 219 line 3092Then let them use us well. Else let them know,
115line 3093The ills we do, their ills instruct us so.
DESDEMONA
line 3094Good night, good night. God me such uses send,
line 3095Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend.

They exit.


ACT 5


Scene 1

Enter Iago and Roderigo.

IAGO
line 3096Here, stand behind this bulk. Straight will he
line 3097come.
line 3098Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home.
line 3099Quick, quick! Fear nothing. I’ll be at thy elbow.
5line 3100It makes us or it mars us—think on that,
line 3101And fix most firm thy resolution.
RODERIGO
line 3102Be near at hand. I may miscarry in ’t.
IAGO
line 3103Here, at thy hand. Be bold and take thy stand.

He moves aside.

RODERIGO
line 3104I have no great devotion to the deed,
10line 3105And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons.
line 3106’Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword! He dies.

He draws his sword.

IAGOaside
line 3107I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense,
line 3108And he grows angry. Now, whether he kill Cassio,
line 3109Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,
15line 3110Every way makes my gain. Live Roderigo,
line 3111He calls me to a restitution large
line 3112Of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 225 line 3113As gifts to Desdemona.
line 3114It must not be. If Cassio do remain,
20line 3115He hath a daily beauty in his life
line 3116That makes me ugly. And besides, the Moor
line 3117May unfold me to him. There stand I in much peril.
line 3118No, he must die. Be ’t so. I hear him coming.

Enter Cassio.

RODERIGO
line 3119I know his gait. ’Tis he!—Villain, thou diest!

He thrusts at Cassio.

CASSIO
25line 3120That thrust had been mine enemy indeed
line 3121But that my coat is better than thou know’st.
line 3122I will make proof of thine.

He draws, and stabs Roderigo.

line 3123RODERIGOO, I am slain!

Roderigo falls.

Iago stabs Cassio in the leg, and exits.

CASSIO
line 3124I am maimed forever! Help, ho! Murder, murder!

Enter Othello.

OTHELLO
30line 3125The voice of Cassio! Iago keeps his word.
line 3126RODERIGOO, villain that I am!
line 3127OTHELLOaside It is even so.
line 3128CASSIOO, help ho! Light! A surgeon!
OTHELLOaside
line 3129’Tis he! O brave Iago, honest and just,
35line 3130That hast such noble sense of thy friend’s wrong!
line 3131Thou teachest me.—Minion, your dear lies dead,
line 3132And your unblest fate hies. Strumpet, I come.
line 3133Forth of my heart those charms, thine eyes, are
line 3134blotted.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 227 40line 3135Thy bed, lust-stained, shall with lust’s blood be
line 3136spotted.Othello exits.

Enter Lodovico and Gratiano.

CASSIO
line 3137What ho! No watch? No passage? Murder, murder!
GRATIANO
line 3138’Tis some mischance. The voice is very direful.
line 3139CASSIOO, help!
45line 3140LODOVICOHark!
line 3141RODERIGOO wretched villain!
LODOVICO
line 3142Two or three groan. ’Tis heavy night.
line 3143These may be counterfeits. Let’s think ’t unsafe
line 3144To come in to the cry without more help.
RODERIGO
50line 3145Nobody come? Then shall I bleed to death.

Enter Iago with a light.

line 3146LODOVICOHark!
GRATIANO
line 3147Here’s one comes in his shirt, with light and
line 3148weapons.
IAGO
line 3149Who’s there? Whose noise is this that cries on
55line 3150murder?
LODOVICO
line 3151We do not know.
line 3152IAGODid not you hear a cry?
CASSIO
line 3153Here, here! For heaven’s sake, help me!
line 3154IAGOWhat’s the matter?
GRATIANOto Lodovico
60line 3155This is Othello’s ancient, as I take it.
LODOVICO
line 3156The same indeed, a very valiant fellow.
IAGOto Cassio
line 3157What are you here that cry so grievously?
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 229 CASSIO
line 3158Iago? O, I am spoiled, undone by villains.
line 3159Give me some help!
IAGO
65line 3160O me, lieutenant! What villains have done this?
CASSIO
line 3161I think that one of them is hereabout
line 3162And cannot make away.
line 3163IAGOO treacherous villains!
line 3164To Lodovico and Gratiano. What are you there?
70line 3165Come in, and give some help.
line 3166RODERIGOO, help me here!
CASSIO
line 3167That’s one of them.
line 3168IAGOto Roderigo O murd’rous slave! O villain!

He stabs Roderigo.

RODERIGO
line 3169O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!
IAGO
75line 3170Kill men i’ th’ dark?—Where be these bloody
line 3171thieves?
line 3172How silent is this town! Ho, murder, murder!—
line 3173What may you be? Are you of good or evil?
LODOVICO
line 3174As you shall prove us, praise us.
80line 3175IAGOSignior Lodovico?
line 3176LODOVICOHe, sir.
IAGO
line 3177I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains.
line 3178GRATIANOCassio?
IAGO
line 3179How is ’t, brother?
85line 3180CASSIOMy leg is cut in two.
line 3181IAGOMarry, heaven forbid!
line 3182Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 231

Enter Bianca.

BIANCA
line 3183What is the matter, ho? Who is ’t that cried?
IAGO
line 3184Who is ’t that cried?
90line 3185BIANCAO, my dear Cassio,
line 3186My sweet Cassio! O Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!
IAGO
line 3187O notable strumpet! Cassio, may you suspect
line 3188Who they should be that have thus mangled you?
line 3189CASSIONo.
GRATIANO
95line 3190I am sorry to find you thus; I have been to seek you.
IAGO
line 3191Lend me a garter. So.—O for a chair
line 3192To bear him easily hence!
BIANCA
line 3193Alas, he faints. O, Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!
IAGO
line 3194Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trash
100line 3195To be a party in this injury.—
line 3196Patience awhile, good Cassio.—Come, come;
line 3197Lend me a light. Peering at Roderigo. Know we this
line 3198face or no?
line 3199Alas, my friend and my dear countryman
105line 3200Roderigo? No! Yes, sure. O heaven, Roderigo!
line 3201GRATIANOWhat, of Venice?
line 3202IAGOEven he, sir. Did you know him?
line 3203GRATIANOKnow him? Ay.
IAGO
line 3204Signior Gratiano? I cry your gentle pardon.
110line 3205These bloody accidents must excuse my manners
line 3206That so neglected you.
line 3207GRATIANOI am glad to see you.
IAGO
line 3208How do you, Cassio?—O, a chair, a chair!
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 233 line 3209GRATIANORoderigo?
IAGO
115line 3210He, he, ’tis he! A chair is brought in. O, that’s well
line 3211said; the chair.—
line 3212Some good man bear him carefully from hence.
line 3213I’ll fetch the General’s surgeon.— For you, mistress,
line 3214Save you your labor.—He that lies slain here,
120line 3215Cassio,
line 3216Was my dear friend. What malice was between you?
CASSIO
line 3217None in the world. Nor do I know the man.
IAGOto Bianca
line 3218What, look you pale?—O, bear him out o’ th’ air.

Cassio, in the chair, and Roderigo are carried off.

line 3219To Gratiano and Lodovico. Stay you, good
125line 3220gentlemen.—Look you pale, mistress?—
line 3221Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?—
line 3222Nay, if you stare, we shall hear more anon.—
line 3223Behold her well. I pray you, look upon her.
line 3224Do you see, gentlemen? Nay, guiltiness will speak
130line 3225Though tongues were out of use.

Enter Emilia.

EMILIA
line 3226Alas, what is the matter? What is the matter,
line 3227husband?
IAGO
line 3228Cassio hath here been set on in the dark
line 3229By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped.
135line 3230He’s almost slain, and Roderigo dead.
EMILIA
line 3231Alas, good gentleman! Alas, good Cassio!
IAGO
line 3232This is the fruits of whoring. Prithee, Emilia,
line 3233Go know of Cassio where he supped tonight.
line 3234To Bianca. What, do you shake at that?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 235 BIANCA
140line 3235He supped at my house, but I therefore shake not.
IAGO
line 3236O, did he so? I charge you go with me.
line 3237EMILIAO fie upon thee, strumpet!
BIANCA
line 3238I am no strumpet, but of life as honest
line 3239As you that thus abuse me.
145line 3240EMILIAAs I? Faugh! Fie upon thee!
IAGO
line 3241Kind gentlemen, let’s go see poor Cassio dressed.—
line 3242Come, mistress, you must tell ’s another tale.—
line 3243Emilia, run you to the citadel
line 3244And tell my lord and lady what hath happed.—
150line 3245Will you go on afore? Aside. This is the night
line 3246That either makes me or fordoes me quite.

They exit in different directions.



Scene 2

Enter Othello with a light, and Desdemona in her bed.

OTHELLO
line 3247It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul.
line 3248Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars.
line 3249It is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed her blood,
line 3250Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,
5line 3251And smooth as monumental alabaster.
line 3252Yet she must die, else she’ll betray more men.
line 3253Put out the light, and then put out the light.
line 3254If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
line 3255I can again thy former light restore
10line 3256Should I repent me. But once put out thy light,
line 3257Thou cunning’st pattern of excelling nature,
line 3258I know not where is that Promethean heat
line 3259That can thy light relume. When I have plucked the
line 3260rose,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 237 15line 3261I cannot give it vital growth again.
line 3262It needs must wither. I’ll smell it on the tree.
line 3263O balmy breath, that dost almost persuade
line 3264Justice to break her sword! He kisses her. One
line 3265more, one more.
20line 3266Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee
line 3267And love thee after. One more, and this the last.

He kisses her.

line 3268So sweet was ne’er so fatal. I must weep,
line 3269But they are cruel tears. This sorrow’s heavenly:
line 3270It strikes where it doth love. She wakes.
DESDEMONA
25line 3271Who’s there? Othello?
line 3272OTHELLOAy, Desdemona.
line 3273DESDEMONAWill you come to bed, my lord?
OTHELLO
line 3274Have you prayed tonight, Desdemon?
line 3275DESDEMONAAy, my lord.
OTHELLO
30line 3276If you bethink yourself of any crime
line 3277Unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace,
line 3278Solicit for it straight.
line 3279DESDEMONAAlack, my lord,
line 3280What may you mean by that?
OTHELLO
35line 3281Well, do it, and be brief. I will walk by.
line 3282I would not kill thy unpreparèd spirit.
line 3283No, heaven forfend! I would not kill thy soul.
line 3284DESDEMONATalk you of killing?
OTHELLO
line 3285Ay, I do.
40line 3286DESDEMONAThen heaven have mercy on me.
line 3287OTHELLOAmen, with all my heart.
DESDEMONA
line 3288If you say so, I hope you will not kill me.
line 3289OTHELLOHumh.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 239 DESDEMONA
line 3290And yet I fear you, for you’re fatal then
45line 3291When your eyes roll so. Why I should fear I know
line 3292not,
line 3293Since guiltiness I know not, but yet I feel I fear.
OTHELLO
line 3294Think on thy sins.
line 3295DESDEMONAThey are loves I bear to you.
50line 3296OTHELLOAy, and for that thou diest.
DESDEMONA
line 3297That death’s unnatural that kills for loving.
line 3298Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip?
line 3299Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
line 3300These are portents, but yet I hope, I hope
55line 3301They do not point on me.
line 3302OTHELLOPeace, and be still.
DESDEMONA
line 3303I will so. What’s the matter?
line 3304OTHELLOThat handkerchief
line 3305Which I so loved, and gave thee, thou gav’st to
60line 3306Cassio.
DESDEMONA
line 3307No, by my life and soul! Send for the man
line 3308And ask him.
OTHELLO
line 3309Sweet soul, take heed, take heed of perjury.
line 3310Thou art on thy deathbed.
DESDEMONA
65line 3311Ay, but not yet to die.
line 3312OTHELLOYes, presently.
line 3313Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin.
line 3314For to deny each article with oath
line 3315Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception
70line 3316That I do groan withal. Thou art to die.
DESDEMONA
line 3317Then Lord have mercy on me!
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 241 line 3318OTHELLOI say “Amen.”
DESDEMONA
line 3319And have you mercy, too. I never did
line 3320Offend you in my life, never loved Cassio
75line 3321But with such general warranty of heaven
line 3322As I might love. I never gave him token.
OTHELLO
line 3323By heaven, I saw my handkerchief in ’s hand!
line 3324O perjured woman, thou dost stone my heart
line 3325And mak’st me call what I intend to do
80line 3326A murder, which I thought a sacrifice!
line 3327I saw the handkerchief!
line 3328DESDEMONAHe found it, then.
line 3329I never gave it him. Send for him hither.
line 3330Let him confess a truth.
85line 3331OTHELLOHe hath confessed.
line 3332DESDEMONAWhat, my lord?
OTHELLO
line 3333That he hath used thee.
line 3334DESDEMONAHow? Unlawfully?
line 3335OTHELLOAy.
DESDEMONA
90line 3336He will not say so.
line 3337OTHELLONo. His mouth is stopped.
line 3338Honest Iago hath ta’en order for ’t.
DESDEMONA
line 3339O, my fear interprets. What, is he dead?
OTHELLO
line 3340Had all his hairs been lives, my great revenge
95line 3341Had stomach for them all.
DESDEMONA
line 3342Alas, he is betrayed, and I undone.She weeps.
OTHELLO
line 3343Out, strumpet! Weep’st thou for him to my face?
DESDEMONA
line 3344O banish me, my lord, but kill me not!
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 243 line 3345OTHELLODown, strumpet!
DESDEMONA
100line 3346Kill me tomorrow, let me live tonight.
line 3347OTHELLONay, if you strive—
DESDEMONA
line 3348But half an hour!
line 3349OTHELLOBeing done, there is no pause.
DESDEMONA
line 3350But while I say one prayer!
105line 3351OTHELLOIt is too late.

He smothers her.

EMILIAwithin
line 3352My lord, my lord? What ho! My lord, my lord!
OTHELLO
line 3353What noise is this?—Not dead? Not yet quite dead?
line 3354I that am cruel am yet merciful.
line 3355I would not have thee linger in thy pain.
110line 3356So, so.
line 3357EMILIAwithin What, ho! My lord, my lord!
line 3358OTHELLOWho’s
line 3359there?
EMILIAwithin
line 3360O, good my lord, I would speak a word with you.
OTHELLO
115line 3361Yes. ’Tis Emilia.—By and by.—She’s dead.
line 3362’Tis like she comes to speak of Cassio’s death.
line 3363The noise was here. Ha, no more moving?
line 3364Still as the grave. Shall she come in? Were ’t good?
line 3365I think she stirs again. No. What’s best to do?
120line 3366If she come in, she’ll sure speak to my wife.
line 3367My wife, my wife! What wife? I have no wife.
line 3368O insupportable! O heavy hour!
line 3369Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse
line 3370Of sun and moon, and that th’ affrighted globe
125line 3371Should yawn at alteration.
line 3372EMILIAwithin I do beseech you
line 3373That I may speak with you. O, good my lord—
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 245 OTHELLO
line 3374I had forgot thee. O, come in, Emilia.—
line 3375Soft, by and by, let me the curtains draw.—
130line 3376Where art thou?

Enter Emilia.

line 3377What’s the matter with thee now?
EMILIA
line 3378O, my good lord, yonder’s foul murders done.
line 3379OTHELLOWhat? Now?
line 3380EMILIABut now, my lord.
OTHELLO
135line 3381It is the very error of the moon.
line 3382She comes more nearer Earth than she was wont
line 3383And makes men mad.
line 3384EMILIACassio, my lord, hath killed
line 3385A young Venetian called Roderigo.
OTHELLO
140line 3386Roderigo killed? And Cassio killed?
line 3387EMILIANo, Cassio is not killed.
OTHELLO
line 3388Not Cassio killed? Then murder’s out of tune,
line 3389And sweet revenge grows harsh.
line 3390DESDEMONAO falsely, falsely murdered.
EMILIA
145line 3391O Lord, what cry is that?
line 3392OTHELLOThat? What?
EMILIA
line 3393Out, and alas, that was my lady’s voice!
line 3394Help! Help ho! Help! O lady, speak again!
line 3395Sweet Desdemona, O sweet mistress, speak!
150line 3396DESDEMONAA guiltless death I die.
line 3397EMILIAO, who hath done this deed?
line 3398DESDEMONANobody. I myself. Farewell.
line 3399Commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell.

She dies.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 247 OTHELLO
line 3400Why, how should she be murdered?
155line 3401EMILIAAlas, who
line 3402knows?
OTHELLO
line 3403You heard her say herself, it was not I.
EMILIA
line 3404She said so. I must needs report the truth.
OTHELLO
line 3405She’s like a liar gone to burning hell!
160line 3406’Twas I that killed her.
EMILIA
line 3407O, the more angel she, and you the blacker devil!
OTHELLO
line 3408She turned to folly, and she was a whore.
EMILIA
line 3409Thou dost belie her, and thou art a devil!
line 3410OTHELLOShe was false as water.
165line 3411EMILIAThou art rash as fire to say
line 3412That she was false. O, she was heavenly true!
OTHELLO
line 3413Cassio did top her. Ask thy husband else.
line 3414O, I were damned beneath all depth in hell
line 3415But that I did proceed upon just grounds
170line 3416To this extremity. Thy husband knew it all.
line 3417EMILIAMy husband?
line 3418OTHELLOThy husband.
line 3419EMILIAThat she was false to wedlock?
OTHELLO
line 3420Ay, with Cassio. Had she been true,
175line 3421If heaven would make me such another world
line 3422Of one entire and perfect chrysolite,
line 3423I’d not have sold her for it.
line 3424EMILIAMy husband?
OTHELLO
line 3425Ay, ’twas he that told me on her first.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 249 180line 3426An honest man he is, and hates the slime
line 3427That sticks on filthy deeds.
line 3428EMILIAMy husband?
OTHELLO
line 3429What needs this iterance, woman? I say, thy
line 3430husband.
EMILIA
185line 3431O mistress, villainy hath made mocks with love!—
line 3432My husband say she was false?
line 3433OTHELLOHe, woman.
line 3434I say thy husband. Dost understand the word?
line 3435My friend, thy husband; honest, honest Iago.
EMILIA
190line 3436If he say so, may his pernicious soul
line 3437Rot half a grain a day! He lies to th’ heart!
line 3438She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.

He draws his sword.

line 3439OTHELLOHah?
line 3440EMILIADo thy worst!
195line 3441This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven
line 3442Than thou wast worthy her.
line 3443OTHELLOPeace, you were best!
EMILIA
line 3444Thou hast not half that power to do me harm
line 3445As I have to be hurt. O gull! O dolt,
200line 3446As ignorant as dirt! Thou hast done a deed—
line 3447I care not for thy sword. I’ll make thee known,
line 3448Though I lost twenty lives. Help! Help, ho! Help!
line 3449The Moor hath killed my mistress! Murder, murder!

Enter Montano, Gratiano, and Iago.

MONTANO
line 3450What is the matter? How now, general?
EMILIA
205line 3451O, are you come, Iago? You have done well,
line 3452That men must lay their murders on your neck.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 251 line 3453GRATIANOWhat is the matter?
EMILIAto Iago
line 3454Disprove this villain, if thou be’st a man.
line 3455He says thou told’st him that his wife was false.
210line 3456I know thou didst not. Thou ’rt not such a villain.
line 3457Speak, for my heart is full.
IAGO
line 3458I told him what I thought, and told no more
line 3459Than what he found himself was apt and true.
EMILIA
line 3460But did you ever tell him she was false?
215line 3461IAGOI did.
EMILIA
line 3462You told a lie, an odious, damnèd lie!
line 3463Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie!
line 3464She false with Cassio? Did you say with Cassio?
IAGO
line 3465With Cassio, mistress. Go to! Charm your tongue.
EMILIA
220line 3466I will not charm my tongue. I am bound to speak.
line 3467My mistress here lies murdered in her bed.
line 3468ALLO heavens forfend!
EMILIAto Iago
line 3469And your reports have set the murder on!
OTHELLO
line 3470Nay, stare not, masters; it is true indeed.
225line 3471GRATIANO’Tis a strange truth.
MONTANO
line 3472O monstrous act!
line 3473EMILIAVillainy, villainy, villainy!
line 3474I think upon ’t, I think! I smell ’t! O villainy!
line 3475I thought so then. I’ll kill myself for grief!
230line 3476O villainy! Villainy!
IAGO
line 3477What, are you mad? I charge you get you home.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 253 EMILIA
line 3478Good gentlemen, let me have leave to speak.
line 3479’Tis proper I obey him, but not now.
line 3480Perchance, Iago, I will ne’er go home.
OTHELLO
235line 3481O, O, O!Othello falls on the bed.
line 3482EMILIANay, lay thee down, and roar!
line 3483For thou hast killed the sweetest innocent
line 3484That e’er did lift up eye.
line 3485OTHELLOstanding O, she was foul!—
240line 3486I scarce did know you, uncle. There lies your niece,
line 3487Whose breath indeed these hands have newly
line 3488stopped.
line 3489I know this act shows horrible and grim.
GRATIANO
line 3490Poor Desdemon, I am glad thy father’s dead.
245line 3491Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief
line 3492Shore his old thread in twain. Did he live now,
line 3493This sight would make him do a desperate turn,
line 3494Yea, curse his better angel from his side,
line 3495And fall to reprobance.
OTHELLO
250line 3496’Tis pitiful. But yet Iago knows
line 3497That she with Cassio hath the act of shame
line 3498A thousand times committed. Cassio confessed it,
line 3499And she did gratify his amorous works
line 3500With that recognizance and pledge of love
255line 3501Which I first gave her. I saw it in his hand.
line 3502It was a handkerchief, an antique token
line 3503My father gave my mother.
line 3504EMILIAO God! O heavenly God!
IAGO
line 3505Zounds, hold your peace!
260line 3506EMILIA’Twill out, ’twill out. I peace?
line 3507No, I will speak as liberal as the north.
line 3508Let heaven and men and devils, let them all,
line 3509All, all, cry shame against me, yet I’ll speak.
line 3510IAGOBe wise, and get you home.

He draws his sword.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 255 EMILIA
265line 3511I will not.
line 3512GRATIANOFie, your sword upon a woman!
EMILIA
line 3513O thou dull Moor, that handkerchief thou speak’st
line 3514of
line 3515I found by fortune, and did give my husband—
270line 3516For often, with a solemn earnestness
line 3517(More than indeed belonged to such a trifle),
line 3518He begged of me to steal ’t.
line 3519IAGOVillainous whore!
EMILIA
line 3520She give it Cassio? No, alas, I found it,
275line 3521And I did give ’t my husband.
line 3522IAGOFilth, thou liest!
EMILIA
line 3523By heaven, I do not, I do not, gentlemen!
line 3524To Othello. O murd’rous coxcomb, what should
line 3525such a fool
280line 3526Do with so good a wife?
line 3527OTHELLOAre there no stones in heaven
line 3528But what serves for the thunder?—Precious villain!

The Moor runs at Iago but is disarmed.

Iago kills his wife.

GRATIANO
line 3529The woman falls! Sure he hath killed his wife.
EMILIA
line 3530Ay, ay! O, lay me by my mistress’ side.Iago exits.
285line 3531GRATIANOHe’s gone, but his wife’s killed.
MONTANO
line 3532’Tis a notorious villain. Take you this weapon
line 3533Which I have here recovered from the Moor.
line 3534Come, guard the door without. Let him not pass,
line 3535But kill him rather. I’ll after that same villain,
290line 3536For ’tis a damnèd slave.

Montano and Gratiano exit.

line 3537OTHELLOI am not valiant neither,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 257 line 3538But every puny whipster gets my sword.
line 3539But why should honor outlive honesty?
line 3540Let it go all.
295line 3541EMILIAWhat did thy song bode, lady?
line 3542Hark, canst thou hear me? I will play the swan
line 3543And die in music.
line 3544She sings. Willow, willow, willow.
line 3545Moor, she was chaste. She loved thee, cruel Moor.
300line 3546So come my soul to bliss, as I speak true.
line 3547So speaking as I think, alas, I die. She dies.
OTHELLO
line 3548I have another weapon in this chamber.
line 3549It is a sword of Spain, the ice brook’s temper.
line 3550O, here it is.—Uncle, I must come forth.
GRATIANOwithin
305line 3551If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear;
line 3552Thou hast no weapon and perforce must suffer.
OTHELLO
line 3553Look in upon me, then, and speak with me,
line 3554Or naked as I am I will assault thee.

Enter Gratiano.

GRATIANO
line 3555What is the matter?
310line 3556OTHELLOBehold, I have a weapon.
line 3557A better never did itself sustain
line 3558Upon a soldier’s thigh. I have seen the day
line 3559That with this little arm and this good sword
line 3560I have made my way through more impediments
315line 3561Than twenty times your stop. But—O vain boast!—
line 3562Who can control his fate? ’Tis not so now.
line 3563Be not afraid, though you do see me weaponed.
line 3564Here is my journey’s end, here is my butt
line 3565And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
320line 3566Do you go back dismayed? ’Tis a lost fear.
line 3567Man but a rush against Othello’s breast,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 259 line 3568And he retires. Where should Othello go?

He looks toward the bed.

line 3569Now, how dost thou look now? O ill-starred wench,
line 3570Pale as thy smock, when we shall meet at compt,
325line 3571This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven,
line 3572And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my girl?
line 3573Even like thy chastity.—O cursèd, cursèd slave!—
line 3574Whip me, you devils,
line 3575From the possession of this heavenly sight!
330line 3576Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulfur,
line 3577Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!
line 3578O Desdemon! Dead, Desdemon! Dead! O, O!

Enter Lodovico, Cassio in a chair, Montano, and Iago, with Officers.

LODOVICO
line 3579Where is this rash and most unfortunate man?
OTHELLO
line 3580That’s he that was Othello. Here I am.
LODOVICO
335line 3581Where is that viper? Bring the villain forth.

Iago is brought forward.

OTHELLO
line 3582I look down towards his feet; but that’s a fable.—
line 3583If that thou be’st a devil, I cannot kill thee.

He stabs Iago.

LODOVICO
line 3584Wrench his sword from him.

Othello is disarmed.

line 3585IAGOI bleed, sir, but not killed.
OTHELLO
340line 3586I am not sorry neither. I’d have thee live,
line 3587For in my sense ’tis happiness to die.
LODOVICO
line 3588O thou Othello, that wert once so good,
line 3589Fall’n in the practice of a damnèd slave,
line 3590What shall be said to thee?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 261 345line 3591OTHELLOWhy, anything.
line 3592An honorable murderer, if you will,
line 3593For naught I did in hate, but all in honor.
LODOVICO
line 3594This wretch hath part confessed his villainy.
line 3595Did you and he consent in Cassio’s death?
350line 3596OTHELLOAy.
CASSIO
line 3597Dear general, I never gave you cause.
OTHELLO
line 3598I do believe it, and I ask your pardon.
line 3599Will you, I pray, demand that demi-devil
line 3600Why he hath thus ensnared my soul and body?
IAGO
355line 3601Demand me nothing. What you know, you know.
line 3602From this time forth I never will speak word.
line 3603LODOVICOWhat? Not to pray?
line 3604GRATIANOTorments will ope your lips.
line 3605OTHELLOWell, thou dost best.
360line 3606LODOVICOSir,
line 3607You shall understand what hath befall’n,
line 3608Which, as I think, you know not. Here is a letter
line 3609Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo,
line 3610And here another. He shows papers. The one of
365line 3611them imports
line 3612The death of Cassio, to be undertook
line 3613By Roderigo.
OTHELLO
line 3614O villain!
line 3615CASSIOMost heathenish and most gross.
LODOVICO
370line 3616Now here’s another discontented paper
line 3617Found in his pocket, too; and this it seems
line 3618Roderigo meant t’ have sent this damnèd villain,
line 3619But that, belike, Iago in the interim
line 3620Came in and satisfied him.
375line 3621OTHELLOO, thou pernicious caitiff!—
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 263 line 3622How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief
line 3623That was my wife’s?
line 3624CASSIOI found it in my chamber.
line 3625And he himself confessed it but even now,
380line 3626That there he dropped it for a special purpose
line 3627Which wrought to his desire.
line 3628OTHELLOO fool, fool, fool!
CASSIO
line 3629There is besides, in Roderigo’s letter,
line 3630How he upbraids Iago, that he made him
385line 3631Brave me upon the watch, whereon it came
line 3632That I was cast. And even but now he spake,
line 3633After long seeming dead: Iago hurt him,
line 3634Iago set him on.
LODOVICOto Othello
line 3635You must forsake this room and go with us.
390line 3636Your power and your command is taken off,
line 3637And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave,
line 3638If there be any cunning cruelty
line 3639That can torment him much and hold him long,
line 3640It shall be his. You shall close prisoner rest,
395line 3641Till that the nature of your fault be known
line 3642To the Venetian state.—Come, bring away.
OTHELLO
line 3643Soft you. A word or two before you go.
line 3644I have done the state some service, and they
line 3645know ’t.
400line 3646No more of that. I pray you in your letters,
line 3647When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
line 3648Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate,
line 3649Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak
line 3650Of one that loved not wisely, but too well;
405line 3651Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
line 3652Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
line 3653Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away
line 3654Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued
line 3655eyes,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 265 410line 3656Albeit unused to the melting mood,
line 3657Drops tears as fast as the Arabian trees
line 3658Their medicinable gum. Set you down this.
line 3659And say besides, that in Aleppo once,
line 3660Where a malignant and a turbanned Turk
415line 3661Beat a Venetian and traduced the state,
line 3662I took by th’ throat the circumcisèd dog,
line 3663And smote him, thus.He stabs himself.
line 3664LODOVICOO bloody period!
line 3665GRATIANOAll that is spoke is marred.
OTHELLOto Desdemona
420line 3666I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this,
line 3667Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.He dies.
CASSIO
line 3668This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon,
line 3669For he was great of heart.
line 3670LODOVICOto Iago O Spartan dog,
425line 3671More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea,
line 3672Look on the tragic loading of this bed.
line 3673This is thy work.—The object poisons sight.
line 3674Let it be hid.—Gratiano, keep the house,
line 3675And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor,
430line 3676For they succeed on you. To Cassio. To you, lord
line 3677governor,
line 3678Remains the censure of this hellish villain.
line 3679The time, the place, the torture, O, enforce it.
line 3680Myself will straight aboard, and to the state
435line 3681This heavy act with heavy heart relate.

They exit.


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