Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
The Duke and Senators sitting at a table; with lights

and attendants


There is no composition in these news
composition (n.) 6 consistency, compatibility, coherence

That gives them credit.
disproportioned (adj.) discrepant, inconsistent, incoherent


                         Indeed they are disproportioned.

My letters say a hundred and seven galleys.


And mine, a hundred and forty.


                         And mine two hundred;

But though they jump not on a just accompt –
account, accompt (n.) 1 reckoning, judgement [especially by God]
jump (v.) 1 agree, coincide, tally
just (adj.) 1 accurate, exact, precise

As in these cases where the aim reports

'Tis oft with difference – yet do they all confirm
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus.


Nay, it is possible enough to judgement:

I do not so secure me in the error,
secure (v.) 3 take comfort, free from care

But the main article I do approve
approve (v.) 2 endorse, support, accept as true

In fearful sense.



                         What, ho! What, ho! What, ho!


A messenger from the galleys.

Enter Sailor


                         Now, what's the business?


The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes;
preparation (n.) 1 equipped military force, force ready for war

So was I bid report here to the state

By Signor Angelo.


How say you by this change?


                         This cannot be,

By no assay of reason. 'Tis a pageant
assay (n.) 4 test, trial, measure
pageant (n.) show, scene, spectacle, tableau
reason (n.) 1 power of reason, judgement, common-sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]

To keep us in false gaze. When we consider
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken
gaze (v.) viewing, observation, direction of looking

Th' importancy of Cyprus to the Turk,
importancy (n.) importance, significance

And let ourselves again but understand

That as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes,
concern (v.) 1 be important to, be the concern of

So may he with more facile question bear it,
facile (adj.) easy, smooth, effortless
question (n.) 8 fighting, conflict, altercation

For that it stands not in such warlike brace,
brace (n.) 2 state of readiness, defence, preparation

But altogether lacks th' abilities
ability (n.) 1 strength, bodily power

That Rhodes is dressed in. If we make thought of this,
dress (v.) 2 equip, provide, supply [with]

We must not think the Turk is so unskilful
unskilful (adj.) undiscerning, ignorant, uneducated

To leave that latest which concerns him first,

Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain

To wake and wage a danger profitless.
wage (v.) 1 risk, venture upon, engage in


Nay, in all confidence he's not for Rhodes.


Here is more news.

Enter a Messenger


The Ottomites, reverend and gracious,

Steering with due course towards the isle of Rhodes,

Have there injointed with an after fleet.
after (adj.) 1 [nautical] second, following, further
injoint (v.) unite, join up, come together


Ay, so I thought. How many, as you guess?


Of thirty sail; and now they do re-stem
re-stem (v.) retrace, go back upon
sail (n.) 1 ship, vessel

Their backward course, bearing with frank appearance

Their purposes toward Cyprus. Signor Montano,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Your trusty and most valiant servitor,
servitor (n.) 1 servant

With his free duty recommends you thus,
recommend (v.) 2 inform, notify, communicate to

And prays you to believe him.


'Tis certain then for Cyprus.

Marcus Luccicos, is not he in town?


He's now in Florence.


                         Write from us: wish him

Post-post-haste dispatch.
dispatch, despatch (n.) 4 sending off, going, departure
post-post-haste (adj.) with all possible speed, extremely speedy


Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor.

Enter Brabantio, Othello, Iago, Roderigo, and



Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Against the general enemy Ottoman.

(To Brabantio) I did not see you: welcome, gentle signor;

We lacked your counsel and your help tonight.


So did I yours. Good your grace, pardon me:

Neither my place, nor aught I heard of business,
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Hath raised me from my bed; nor doth the general care
care (n.) 4 anxiety, worry, solicitude [about]

Take hold on me; for my particular grief

Is of so flood-gate and o'erbearing nature

That it engluts and swallows other sorrows
englut (v.) swallow up, gulp down, devour

And yet is still itself.


                         Why? What's the matter?


My daughter! O, my daughter!




                                                         Ay, to me.

She is abused, stolen from me, and corrupted

By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks;
medicine (n.) 5 drug used for purposes other than healing (especially the philosopher's elixir)
mountebank (n.) itinerant quack, travelling drug-seller, charlatan

For nature so preposterously to err,
nature (n.) 3 human nature
preposterously (adv.) out of the normal course of events, unnaturally, perversely

Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense,
sense (n.) 2 ability to respond to sensation, physical perception

Sans witchcraft could not.


Whoe'er he be that in this foul proceeding

Hath thus beguiled your daughter of herself
beguile (v.) 3 charm, captivate, bewitch

And you of her, the bloody book of law

You shall yourself read in the bitter letter

After your own sense, yea, though our proper son
proper (adj.) 2 very, own
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

Stood in your action.
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation
stand (v.) 1 be, appear


                         Humbly I thank your grace.

Here is the man: this Moor, whom now it seems

Your special mandate for the state affairs

Hath hither brought.


                         We are very sorry for't.


What in your own part can you say to this?


Nothing, but this is so.


Most potent, grave and reverend signors,

My very noble and approved good masters,

That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter,

It is most true; true I have married her;

The very head and front of my offending
head and front height and breadth, greatest extent

Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my speech
rude (adj.) 7 amateurish, inexpert, lacking polish

And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace;
soft (adj.) 2 tender, compassionate, kind

For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith
pith (n.) 1 strength, toughness, mettle

Till now some nine moons wasted, they have used

Their dearest action in the tented field;
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
tented (adj.) covered with tents, full of tents

And little of this great world can I speak

More than pertains to feats of broil and battle;
broil (n.) 1 turmoil, confused fighting, battle

And therefore little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnished tale deliver
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe
round (adj.) 1 blunt, forthright, straight, plain-spoken

Of my whole course of love: what drugs, what charms,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

What conjuration and what mighty magic –
conjuration (n.) 2 incantation, invocation of spirits

For such proceeding I am charged withal –

I won his daughter.


                         A maiden never bold;

Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion
motion (n.) 1 inner movement, inward prompting, natural impulse, imagining

Blushed at herself: and she, in spite of nature,

Of years, of country, credit, everything,

To fall in love with what she feared to look on!

It is a judgement maimed and most imperfect

That will confess perfection so could err

Against all rules of nature, and must be driven

To find out practices of cunning hell

Why this should be. I therefore vouch again

That with some mixtures powerful o'er the blood,

Or with some dram conjured to this effect,
conjured (adj.) made powerful by spells, magically influencing
effect (n.) 1 result, end, outcome, fulfilment

He wrought upon her.
work upon (v.) practise on, influence, act on


                         To vouch this is no proof,

Without more wider and more overt test
test (n.) evidence, attestation, testimony
wide (adj.) 1 full, extensive, far-reaching

Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods
habit (n.) 2 covering, guise, adorning
likelihood (n.) 2 indication, sign, ground
thin (adj.) 1 flimsy, threadbare, insufficient

Of modern seeming do prefer against him.
modern (adj.) ordinary, trite, commonplace, everyday
seeming (n.) 1 appearance, look, aspect


But, Othello, speak:

Did you by indirect and forced courses
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Subdue and poison this young maid's affections?

Or came it by request and such fair question
question (n.) 6 conversation, discourse, piece of talk

As soul to soul affordeth?


                         I do beseech you,

Send for the lady to the Sagittary,

And let her speak of me before her father.

If you do find me foul in her report,

The trust, the office I do hold of you
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

Not only take away, but let your sentence

Even fall upon my life.


                         Fetch Desdemona hither.


Ancient, conduct them: you best know the place.

Exeunt Iago with attendants

And till she come, as truly as to heaven

I do confess the vices of my blood,
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood

So justly to your grave ears I'll present

How I did thrive in this fair lady's love,

And she in mine.


                         Say it, Othello.


Her father loved me, oft invited me,
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

Still questioned me the story of my life
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

From year to year – the battles, sieges, fortunes

That I have passed.

I ran it through, even from my boyish days

To th' very moment that he bade me tell it:

Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,
chance (n.) 1 event, occurrence, situation [especially, bad]

Of moving accidents by flood and field,
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Of hair-breadth scapes i'th' imminent deadly breach,

Of being taken by the insolent foe,

And sold to slavery; of my redemption thence,

And portance in my travels' history:
portance (n.) behaviour, demeanour, bearing

Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,
antre (n.) cave, cavern
idle (adj.) 11 uninhabited, empty; or: barren, sterile

Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven,

It was my hint to speak – such was the process:
hint (n.) 1 opportunity, moment, chance

And of the Cannibals that each other eat,

The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads

Do grow beneath their shoulders. This to hear

Would Desdemona seriously incline:

But still the house affairs would draw her thence,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Which ever as she could with haste dispatch
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

She'd come again, and with a greedy ear

Devour up my discourse, which I observing

Took once a pliant hour, and found good means
pliant (adj.) suitable, opportune, favourable

To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart

That I would all my pilgrimage dilate
dilate (v.) 2 relate in full, narrate at length

Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit

But not intentively. I did consent,
intentively (adv.) paying continuous attention, with unbroken interest

And often did beguile her of her tears
beguile (v.) 5 coax, draw from, charm from

When I did speak of some distressful stroke

That my youth suffered. My story being done,

She gave me for my pains a world of sighs:

She swore, in faith 'twas strange, 'twas passing strange,

'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful;

She wished she had not heard it, yet she wished

That heaven had made her such a man. She thanked me,

And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her,

I should but teach him how to tell my story,

And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake:
hint (n.) 1 opportunity, moment, chance

She loved me for the dangers I had passed,

And I loved her, that she did pity them.

This only is the witchcraft I have used.

Here comes the lady: let her witness it.

Enter Desdemona, Iago, and attendants


I think this tale would win my daughter too.

Good Brabantio, take up this mangled matter at the best:
best, at the 1 as well as one can, in the best possible way

Men do their broken weapons rather use

Than their bare hands.


                         I pray you hear her speak.

If she confess that she was half the wooer,

Destruction on my head, if my bad blame

Light on the man! Come hither, gentle mistress;
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Do you perceive in all this company

Where most you owe obedience?


                         My noble father,

I do perceive here a divided duty:

To you I am bound for life and education;
education (n.) upbringing, nurture, raising

My life and education both do learn me
learn (v.) 1 teach, instruct [not a regional dialect usage as in modern English]

How to respect you. You are the lord of all my duty,

I am hitherto your daughter. But here's my husband;

And so much duty as my mother showed

To you, preferring you before her father,

So much I challenge, that I may profess
challenge (v.) 1 demand as a right, claim, call for, insist on

Due to the Moor, my lord.


                         God bu'y! I have done.

Please it your grace, on to the state affairs.

I had rather to adopt a child than get it.
get (v.) 1 beget, conceive, breed

Come hither, Moor:

I here do give thee that with all my heart

Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart

I would keep from thee. For your sake, jewel,
sake, for your on your account, because of you

I am glad at soul I have no other child,

For thy escape would teach me tyranny
escape (n.) 2 elopement, running off, stealing away

To hang clogs on them. I have done, my lord.
clog (n.) 1 wooden block, heavy piece of wood


Let me speak like yourself and lay a sentence

Which as a grise or step may help these lovers
grise (n.) 1 step, stair

Into your favour.

When remedies are past the griefs are ended

By seeing the worst which late on hopes depended.

To mourn a mischief that is past and gone

Is the next way to draw new mischief on.

What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,

Patience her injury a mockery makes.

The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief;

He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
bootless (adj.) useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing


So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile,
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick

We lose it not so long as we can smile;

He bears the sentence well that nothing bears

But the free comfort which from thence he hears;

But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow

That to pay grief must of poor patience borrow.

These sentences, to sugar or to gall
gall (v.) 1 vex, annoy, irritate
sentence (n.) 1 maxim, wise saying, precept

Being strong on both sides, are equivocal.

But words are words; I never yet did hear

That the bruised heart was pieced through the ear.
piece (v.) 3 mend, repair, make whole

I humbly beseech you proceed to th' affairs of state.


The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for
preparation (n.) 1 equipped military force, force ready for war

Cyprus. Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known
fortitude (n.) strength, might, power

to you: and though we have there a substitute of most
substitute (n.) subordinate, deputy, underling

allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a more sovereign mistress
allowed (adj.) 1 approved, acknowledged, granted
opinion (n.) 1 public opinion, popular judgement
sufficiency (n.) competence, ability, capability

of effects, throws a more safer voice on you. You
voice (n.) 4 talk, rumour, opinion

must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count
slubber (v.) 1 smear, stain, soil

new fortunes with this more stubborn and boisterous
boisterous (adj.) 1 violent, fierce, savage
stubborn (adj.) 4 difficult, demanding, exacting



The tyrant, custom, most grave Senators,

Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war
flinty (adj.) hard, harsh, tough

My thrice-driven bed of down. I do agnize
agnize (v.) acknowledge, recognize, confess
thrice-driven (adj.) with the lightest feathers repeatedly separated; of great comfort

A natural and prompt alacrity

I find in hardness; and do undertake
hardness (n.) 1 hardship, adversity, harsh situation

This present war against the Ottomites.

Most humbly, therefore, bending to your state,
bend (v.) 5 give way, bow, submit
state (n.) 2 status, rank, position

I crave fit disposition for my wife,
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
disposition (n.) 5 arrangement, care, management

Due reference of place and exhibition,
exhibition (n.) 1 allowance, pension, maintenance
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
reference (n.) 2 [unclear meaning] designation, appointment, assignment

With such accommodation and besort
besort (n.) retinue, entourage, suitable company

As levels with her breeding.
level with (v.) fit, suit, be in keeping with


                         If you please,

Be't at her father's.


                         I'll not have it so.


Nor I.


                         Nor I: I would not there reside

To put my father in impatient thoughts

By being in his eye. Most gracious Duke,

To my unfolding lend your prosperous ear,
prosperous (adj.) 3 favourable, sympathetic, well-disposed
unfolding (n.) exposition, proposal, proposition

And let me find a charter in your voice
charter (n.) 2 pledge, permission, assurance

T' assist my simpleness.
simpleness (n.) 2 integrity, honesty, honour


                         What would you? Speak.


That I did love the Moor to live with him,

My downright violence and storm of fortunes
downright (adj.) 1 plain, ordinary, straightforward

May trumpet to the world. My heart's subdued
subdued (adj.) overcome, overwhelmed, subjugated

Even to the very quality of my lord.
quality (n.) 1 nature, disposition, character

I saw Othello's visage in his mind
visage (n.) 1 face, countenance See Topics: Frequency count

And to his honour and his valiant parts
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]

Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.

So that, dear lords, if I be left behind

A moth of peace, and he go to the war,

The rites for which I love him are bereft me,
bereave (v.) 1 take away [from], deprive, deny, rob
for why (conj.) for which

And I a heavy interim shall support
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count

By his dear absence. Let me go with him.
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard
support (v.) endure, bear, sustain


Let her have your voice.
voice (n.) 2 support, approval, good word

Vouch with me, heaven, I therefore beg it not

To please the palate of my appetite,

Nor to comply with heat – the young affects
affect (n.) 1 desire, passion, appetite
comply (v.) 1 satisfy, fulfil, accomplish

In me defunct – and proper satisfaction;

But to be free and bounteous to her mind.

And heaven defend your good souls that you think
defend (v.) forbid, prohibit

I will your serious and great business scant
scant (v.) 1 neglect, stint, withhold

For she is with me. No, when light-winged toys
toy (n.) 2 fancy, fantastic thought

Of feathered Cupid seel with wanton dullness
dullness, dulness (adv.) sleepiness, drowsiness, tiredness
seel (v.) [falconry: sewing up a bird's eyelids, as part of taming] sew up, close up, blind
wanton (adj.) 6 lascivious, lewd, obscene

My speculative and officed instruments,
instrument (n.) 3 organ, faculty, functioning part
officed (adj.) 1 functional, working, serviceable
speculative (adj.) seeing, observing, capable of vision

That my disports corrupt and taint my business,
disport (n.) diversion, pastime, entertainment

Let housewives make a skillet of my helm,
helm (n.) 1 helmet
skillet (n.) saucepan, stew-pan, cooking pot

And all indign and base adversities
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count
indign (adj.) unworthy, shameful, dishonourable

Make head against my estimation!
estimation (n.) 1 esteem, respect, reputation
head (n.) 6 headway, progress, advance


Be it as you shall privately determine,

Either for her stay, or going. Th' affair cries haste,
cry (v.) 4 beg, entreat, implore See Topics: Politeness

And speed must answer it. You must hence tonight.


Tonight, my lord?


                         This night.


                                                         With all my heart.


At nine i'th' morning, here we'll meet again.

Othello, leave some officer behind,

And he shall our commission bring to you,

With such things else of quality and respect
quality (n.) 6 importance, special significance
respect (n.) 6 relevance, pertinence; or: position

As doth import you.


                         So please your grace, my Ancient.

A man he is of honesty and trust:

To his conveyance I assign my wife,
conveyance (n.) 2 escort, conduct, convoy

With what else needful your good grace shall think

To be sent after me.


                         Let it be so.

Good night to everyone. And, noble signor,

If virtue no delighted beauty lack,
delighted (adj.) 1 delightful, joyful, pleasing

Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.


Adieu, brave Moor: use Desdemona well.
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent


Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see.

She has deceived her father, and may thee.


My life upon her faith!

Exeunt Duke, Senators, and attendants

                         Honest Iago,

My Desdemona must I leave to thee.

I prithee let thy wife attend on her,
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with

And bring them after in the best advantage.
advantage (n.) 1 right moment, favourable opportunity

Come, Desdemona, I have but an hour

Of love, of worldly matters and direction
direction (n.) 1 instruction, guidance, counsel

To spend with thee. We must obey the time.

Exeunt Othello and Desdemona




What say'st thou, noble heart?


What will I do, think'st thou?


Why, go to bed and sleep.


I will incontinently drown myself.
incontinently (adv.) immediately, at once, forthwith


If thou dost, I shall never love thee after. Why, thou

silly gentleman!


It is silliness to live, when to live is torment;

and then we have a prescription to die, when death is

our physician.


O villainous! I have looked upon the world for four

times seven years, and since I could distinguish betwixt

a benefit and an injury, I never found a man that knew

how to love himself. Ere I would say I would drown

myself for the love of a guinea-hen, I would change my
guinea-hen (n.) trollop, courtesan, prostitute

humanity with a baboon.


What should I do? I confess it is my shame to

be so fond, but it is not in my virtue to amend it.
fond (adj.) 4 infatuated, doting, passionate


Virtue? A fig! 'Tis in ourselves that we are thus, or

thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills

are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles or sow

lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with

one gender of herbs or distract it with many, either to
distract (v.) 1 divide, separate, draw apart
gender (n.) 1 kind, sort, type

have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry,

why the power and corrigible authority of this lies
authority (n.) 5 dominion, influence
corrigible (adj.) 1 corrective, controlling, disciplinary

in our wills. If the beam of our lives had not one scale
beam (n.) 2 balance, scales, counterpoise

of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and
blood (n.) 1 passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]
poise (v.) balance, weigh, make even

baseness of our natures would conduct us to most

preposterous conclusions. But we have reason to cool
conclusion (n.) 1 outcome, upshot, final result
preposterous (adj.) 1 contrary to the natural order, monstrous, perverted

our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts:
motion (n.) 1 inner movement, inward prompting, natural impulse, imagining
raging (adj.) 1 roving, wanton, riotous
sting (n.) urging of lust, inflaming of passion
unbitted (adj.) unbridled, unrestrained, compelling

whereof I take this, that you call love, to be a sect or
sect (n.) 3 cutting, offshoot, branch

scion (n.) shoot, graft, limb


It cannot be.


It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of
merely (adv.) 3 only, nothing more than

the will. Come, be a man. Drown thyself? Drown cats

and blind puppies. I have professed me thy friend, and

I confess me knit to thy deserving with cables of perdurable
perdurable (adj.) everlasting, long-lasting, enduring

toughness. I could never better stead thee than
stead (v.) help, assist, benefit

now. Put money in thy purse. Follow thou these wars;

defeat thy favour with an usurped beard. I say, put
defeat (v.) 4 deface, disfigure, disguise
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
usurped (adj.) false, counterfeit, disguising

money in thy purse. It cannot be that Desdemona should

long continue her love to the Moor – put money in thy

purse – nor he his to her. It was a violent commencement,

and thou shalt see an answerable sequestration –
answerable (adj.) corresponding, commensurate, proportionate
sequestration (n.) 1 separation, cessation, severance

put but money in thy purse. These Moors are changeable

in their wills – fill thy purse with money. The food

that to him now is as luscious as locusts shall be to him
locust (n.) [unclear meaning] fruit of the carob tree, locust-bean

shortly as acerbe as the coloquintida. She must change
acerb, acerbe (adj.) bitter, sour, tart
change (v.) 1 exchange, trade
coloquintida (n.) bitter-apple, colocynth

for youth: when she is sated with his body she will find

the error of her choice. Therefore put money in thy

purse. If thou wilt needs damn thyself, do it a more

delicate way than drowning. Make all the money thou
delicate (adj.) 3 pleasant, delightful, congenial
make (v.) 8 raise, acquire, procure

canst. If sanctimony and a frail vow betwixt an erring
erring (adj.) straying, wandering, drifting
sanctimony (n.) 2 sacred bond, religious commitment

barbarian and a super-subtle Venetian not too hard
super-subtle (adj.) extra-refined, specially delicate

for my wits and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)

her – therefore make money. A pox of drowning thyself!
make (v.) 8 raise, acquire, procure

It is clean out of the way. Seek thou rather to be hanged

in compassing thy joy than to be drowned and go
compass (v.) 1 accomplish, fulfil, achieve, bring about

without her.


Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I depend on
fast (adj.) 1 constant, firm, steadfast

the issue?
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count


Thou art sure of me. Go make money. I have told

thee often, and I re-tell thee again and again, I hate

the Moor. My cause is hearted: thine hath no less
hearted (adj.) 1 heartfelt, spirited, full of vigour

reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against
conjunctive (adj.) closely united, intimately joined, allied

him. If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a
cuckold (v.) [mocking name] dishonour a man by making his wife unfaithful

pleasure, me a sport. There are many events in the
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

womb of time, which will be delivered. Traverse! Go,
deliver (v.) 6 be born, bring forth
traverse (v.) 2 [unclear meaning] take aim, about turn

provide thy money. We will have more of this tomorrow.



Where shall we meet i'th' morning?


At my lodging.


I'll be with thee betimes.
betimes (adv.) 1 early in the morning, at an early hour


Go to; farewell. Do you hear, Roderigo?


What say you?


No more of drowning, do you hear?


I am changed.


Go to; farewell. Put money enough in your purse.


I'll sell all my land.



Thus do I ever make my fool my purse:

For I mine own gained knowledge should profane

If I would time expend with such a snipe
snipe (n.) [type of bird] dupe, gull, fool

But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor,
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets

He's done my office. I know not if't be true
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

Will do as if for surety. He holds me well:
hold (v.) 10 consider, regard, esteem, value [as]
surety (n.) 4 certainty, fact

The better shall my purpose work on him.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Cassio's a proper man: let me see now;
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely

To get his place and to plume up my will
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
plume up (v.) furnish with plumage; put a feather in the cap of

In double knavery. How? How? Let's see.
knavery (n.) 2 treachery, trap, trickery

After some time, to abuse Othello's ear

That he is too familiar with his wife;

He hath a person and a smooth dispose
dispose (n.) 2 disposition, manner, bearing

To be suspected, framed to make women false.
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

The Moor is of a free and open nature,

That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,

And will as tenderly be led by th' nose

As asses are.

I have't. It is engendered. Hell and night
engendered (adj.) devised, hatched, conceived

Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light.


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