Othello


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Desdemona, Cassio, and Emilia


DESDEMONA

Be thou assured, good Cassio, I will do

All my abilities in thy behalf.
ability (n.) 2 action one is capable of


EMILIA

Good madam, do: I warrant it grieves my husband
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

As if the case were his.


DESDEMONA

O, that's an honest fellow! Do not doubt, Cassio,

But I will have my lord and you again

As friendly as you were.


CASSIO

                         Bounteous madam,

Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,

He's never anything but your true servant.


DESDEMONA

I know't: I thank you. You do love my lord;

You have known him long, and be you well assured

He shall in strangeness stand no farther off
strangeness (n.) estrangement, disaffection, coldness, aloofness

Than in a politic distance.
politic (adj.) 1 prudent, cautious, discreet, shrewd


CASSIO

                         Ay, but, lady,

That policy may either last so long,
policy (n.) 1 statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy

Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
nice (adj.) 5 trivial, unimportant, slight

Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
circumstance (n.) 4 condition, state, situation

That I being absent and my place supplied,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
supply (v.) 1 fill up, take [the place of], occupy, substitute

My General will forget my love and service.


DESDEMONA

Do not doubt that. Before Emilia here,
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]

I give thee warrant of thy place. Assure thee,
warrant (n.) 1 assurance, pledge, guarantee

If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it

To the last article. My lord shall never rest.
article (n.) 1 clause, term, provision

I'll watch him tame and talk him out of patience;
watch (v.) 6 [falconry, in taming a hawk] prevent from sleeping, keep awake

His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
board (n.) 1 table, mealtimes
shrift (n.) 3 confessional, place for hearing confession

I'll intermingle everything he does

With Cassio's suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio,
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

For thy solicitor shall rather die
solicitor (n.) advocate, instigator, go-between

Than give thy cause away.
give away (v.) sacrifice, renounce, abandon

Enter Othello and Iago


EMILIA

Madam, here comes my lord.


CASSIO

Madam, I'll take my leave.


DESDEMONA

Why, stay, and hear me speak.


CASSIO

Madam, not now: I am very ill at ease,

Unfit for mine own purposes.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


DESDEMONA

Well, do your discretion.
discretion (n.) 1 prudence, sound judgement, good sense

Exit Cassio


IAGO

Ha! I like not that.


OTHELLO

                         What dost thou say?


IAGO

Nothing, my lord; or if – I know not what.


OTHELLO

Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?


IAGO

Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it

That he would sneak away so guilty-like,

Seeing you coming.


OTHELLO

                         I do believe 'twas he.


DESDEMONA

How now, my lord?

I have been talking with a suitor here,

A man that languishes in your displeasure.


OTHELLO

Who is't you mean?


DESDEMONA

Why, your Lieutenant, Cassio. Good my lord,

If I have any grace or power to move you,

His present reconciliation take.

For if he be not one that truly loves you,

That errs in ignorance, and not in cunning,
cunning (n.) 2 knowledge, awareness, discernment

I have no judgement in an honest face.

I prithee call him back.


OTHELLO

                         Went he hence now?


DESDEMONA

Yes, faith; so humbled

That he hath left part of his grief with me

To suffer with him. Good love, call him back.


OTHELLO

Not now, sweet Desdemon; some other time.


DESDEMONA

But shall't be shortly?


OTHELLO

                         The sooner, sweet, for you.


DESDEMONA

Shall't be tonight, at supper?


OTHELLO

                         No, not tonight.


DESDEMONA

Tomorrow dinner then?


OTHELLO

                         I shall not dine at home.

I meet the captains at the citadel.


DESDEMONA

Why, then, tomorrow night, or Tuesday morn,
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

On Tuesday noon, or night; on Wednesday morn.

I prithee name the time, but let it not

Exceed three days. In faith, he's penitent:

And yet his trespass in our common reason –

Save that, they say, the wars must make example

Out of their best – is not almost a fault

T' incur a private check. When shall he come?
check (n.) 1 reprimand, reproof, rebuke

Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul

What you would ask me that I should deny,

Or stand so mammering on? What! Michael Cassio,
mammer (v.) stammer, hesitate, mutter

That came a-wooing with you? And so many a time –

When I have spoke of you dispraisingly –
dispraisingly (adv.) disparagingly, critically, depreciatingly

Hath ta'en your part, to have so much to do

To bring him in? By'r Lady, I could do much.
bring in (v.) 1 reinstate, appoint to a position


OTHELLO

Prithee, no more: let him come when he will;

I will deny thee nothing.


DESDEMONA

                         Why, this is not a boon:

'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves

Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm,

Or sue to you to do a peculiar profit
peculiar (adj.) particular, private, personal

To your own person. Nay, when I have a suit
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed
touch (v.) 6 test the quality [of], put to the test

It shall be full of poise and difficult weight,
poise (n.) 3 weight, importance, gravity

And fearful to be granted.


OTHELLO

                         I will deny thee nothing.

Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this:

To leave me but a little to my self.


DESDEMONA

Shall I deny you? No; farewell, my lord.


OTHELLO

Farewell, my Desdemona, I'll come to thee straight.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


DESDEMONA

Emilia, come. Be as your fancies teach you,

Whate'er you be, I am obedient.

Exeunt Desdemona and Emilia


OTHELLO

Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul,

But I do love thee! And when I love thee not,

Chaos is come again.


IAGO

                         My noble lord –


OTHELLO

What dost thou say, Iago?


IAGO

                         Did Michael Cassio,

When you wooed my lady, know of your love?


OTHELLO

He did, from first to last. Why dost thou ask?


IAGO

But for a satisfaction of my thought –

No further harm.


OTHELLO

                         Why of thy thought, Iago?


IAGO

I did not think he had been acquainted with her.


OTHELLO

O yes, and went between us very oft.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


IAGO

Indeed!


OTHELLO

Indeed? Ay, indeed. Discern'st thou aught in that?
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count

Is he not honest?


IAGO

                         Honest, my lord?


OTHELLO

                                                         Honest? Ay, honest.


IAGO

My lord, for aught I know.
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count


OTHELLO

                         What dost thou think?


IAGO

Think, my lord?


OTHELLO

Think, my lord! By heaven, he echoes me,

As if there were some monster in his thought

Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean something.

I heard thee say even now, thou lik'st not that,

When Cassio left my wife. What didst not like?

And when I told thee he was of my counsel

In my whole course of wooing, thou cried'st ‘ Indeed!’

And didst contract and purse thy brow together,
brow (n.) 3 eyebrow

As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain

Some horrible conceit. If thou dost love me,
conceit (n.) 6 design, ingenuity, conception

Show me thy thought.


IAGO

My lord, you know I love you.


OTHELLO

                         I think thou dost:

And for I know thou'rt full of love and honesty,

And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them breath,

Therefore these stops of thine affright me more:
affright (v.) frighten, terrify, scare
stop (n.) 2 pause, hesitation, breaking off

For such things in a false disloyal knave
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

Are tricks of custom; but in a man that's just,
custom (n.) 1 habit, usual practice, customary usage

They're close dilations, working from the heart,
close (adj.) 1 secret, concealed, hidden
denotement (n.) 1 indication, sign, clue
dilation (n.) accusation, charge, allegation

That passion cannot rule.


IAGO

                         For Michael Cassio,

I dare be sworn I think that he is honest.


OTHELLO

I think so too.


IAGO

                         Men should be what they seem;

Or those that be not, would they might seem none!


OTHELLO

Certain, men should be what they seem.


IAGO

Why, then, I think Cassio's an honest man.


OTHELLO

Nay, yet there's more in this.

I prithee speak to me as to thy thinkings,

As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts

The worst of words.


IAGO

                         Good my lord, pardon me;

Though I am bound to every act of duty,

I am not bound to that all slaves are free to:

Utter my thoughts. Why, say they are vile and false?
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

As where's that palace whereinto foul things

Sometimes intrude not? Who has a breast so pure,

But some uncleanly apprehensions
apprehension (n.) 5 opinion, notion, view
uncleanly (adj.) 1 unclean, dirty, filthy

Keep leets and law-days, and in session sit
leet (n.) local court of justice, manorial court

With meditations lawful?


OTHELLO

Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
conspire (v.) practise, contrive, plot

If thou but think'st him wronged, and mak'st his ear

A stranger to thy thoughts.


IAGO

                         I do beseech you,

Though I perchance am vicious in my guess –
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count
vicious (adj.) 1 defective, faulty, bad

As I confess it is my nature's plague

To spy into abuses, and of my jealousy
jealousy (n.) 2 suspicious nature, apprehensive state of mind

Shapes faults that are not – that your wisdom then,
shape (v.) 1 create, fashion, bring about

From one that so imperfectly conjects,
conceit (v.) conceive an idea [of], think, imagine
conject (v.) conjecture, speculate, imagine

Would take no notice, nor build yourself a trouble

Out of his scattering and unsure observance.
scattering (adj.) random, haphazard, erratic

It were not for your quiet nor your good,

Nor for my manhood, honesty, and wisdom,

To let you know my thoughts.


OTHELLO

                         What dost thou mean?


IAGO

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,

Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
immediate (adj.) 2 cherished, nearest the heart

Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;

'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands:

But he that filches from me my good name

Robs me of that which not enriches him

And makes me poor indeed.


OTHELLO

                         By heaven, I'll know thy thoughts.


IAGO

You cannot, if my heart were in your hand,

Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.


OTHELLO

Ha!


IAGO

                         O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!

It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock

The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss
cuckold (n.) [mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife See Topics: Frequency count

Who certain of his fate loves not his wronger,

But O, what damned minutes tells he o'er,

Who dotes yet doubts, suspects yet fondly loves!


OTHELLO

O misery!


IAGO

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough;
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed

But riches fineless is as poor as winter,
fineless (adj.) boundless, unlimited, infinite

To him that ever fears he shall be poor.

Good God, the souls of all my tribe defend

From jealousy!


OTHELLO

                         Why, why is this?

Think'st thou I'd make a life of jealousy,

To follow still the changes of the moon
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

With fresh suspicions? No, to be once in doubt

Is once to be resolved. Exchange me for a goat,

When I shall turn the business of my soul

To such exsufflicate and blown surmises,
blown (adj.) 5 whispered, hinted, insinuated
exsufflicate (adj.) inflated, swollen, puffed up

Matching thy inference. 'Tis not to make me jealous

To say my wife is fair, loves company,

Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well;

Where virtue is, these are more virtuous.

Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw

The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt,
doubt (n.) 1 suspicion, apprehension
revolt (n.) 1 betrayal, change of heart, faithlessness

For she had eyes and chose me. No, Iago,

I'll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;

And on the proof, there is no more but this:

Away at once with love or jealousy!


IAGO

I am glad of this: for now I shall have reason

To show the love and duty that I bear you

With franker spirit. Therefore, as I am bound,

Receive it from me. I speak not yet of proof.

Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio.

Wear your eye thus: not jealous, nor secure.

I would not have your free and noble nature,

Out of self-bounty, be abused. Look to't.
secure (adj.) 1 carefree, free from anxiety, unguarded
self-bounty (n.) innate generosity, inner virtue

I know our country disposition well:

In Venice they do let God see the pranks
prank (n.) 1 outrageous deed, excessive behaviour

They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience

Is not to leave't undone, but keep't unknown.


OTHELLO

Dost thou say so?


IAGO

She did deceive her father, marrying you,

And when she seemed to shake, and fear your looks,

She loved them most.


OTHELLO

                         And so she did.


IAGO

                                                         Why, go to, then!

She that so young could give out such a seeming,
seeming (n.) 3 demeanour, outward behaviour

To seel her father's eyes up close as oak –
seel (v.) [falconry: sewing up a bird's eyelids, as part of taming] sew up, close up, blind

He thought 'twas witchcraft. – But I am much to blame,

I humbly do beseech you of your pardon

For too much loving you.


OTHELLO

                         I am bound to thee for ever.


IAGO

I see this hath a little dashed your spirits.
dash (v.) 1 cast down, daunt, dishearten


OTHELLO

Not a jot, not a jot.


IAGO

                         In faith, I fear it has.

I hope you will consider what is spoke

Comes from my love. But I do see you're moved.

I am to pray you, not to strain my speech

To grosser issues, nor to larger reach
gross (adj.) 2 large, big, huge
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count

Than to suspicion.


OTHELLO

I will not.


IAGO

                         Should you do so, my lord,

My speech should fall into such vile success
success (n.) 1 result, outcome, issue

As my thoughts aimed not at. Cassio's my worthy friend.

My lord, I see you're moved.


OTHELLO

                         No, not much moved.

I do not think but Desdemona's honest.
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous


IAGO

Long live she so! And long live you to think so!


OTHELLO

And yet, how nature erring from itself –


IAGO

Ay, there's the point: as, to be bold with you,

Not to affect many proposed matches
affect (v.) 1 incline to, like, favour, be drawn to

Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,
clime (n.) land, region, realm
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring
degree (n.) 1 rank, station, standing

Whereto we see in all things nature tends,

Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank,
rank (adj.) 7 lascivious, lustful, lewd
will (n.) 2 lust, sexual desire, passion

Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.

But, pardon me, I do not in position
position (n.) 2 deliberate exposition, statement as a proposition

Distinctly speak of her, though I may fear

Her will, recoiling to her better judgement,
recoil (v.) 2 yield, defer, give in to
will (n.) 2 lust, sexual desire, passion

May fall to match you with her country forms,
fall (v.) 4 work out, happen, turn out
form (n.) 8 physical appearance, outward appearance
match (v.) 2 compare, equate, make equal

And happily repent.
happily (adv.) 1 perhaps, by chance, maybe


OTHELLO

                         Farewell, farewell.

If more thou dost perceive, let me know more.

Set on thy wife to observe. Leave me, Iago.


IAGO

(going)

My lord, I take my leave.


OTHELLO

Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless

Sees and knows more, much more than he unfolds.
unfold (v.) 1 display, reveal, show


IAGO

(returning)

My lord, I would I might entreat your honour

To scan this thing no farther. Leave it to time.
scan (v.) 1 examine, carefully consider

Although 'tis fit that Cassio have his place,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

For sure he fills it up with great ability,

Yet, if you please to hold him off awhile,

You shall by that perceive him and his means;
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method

Note if your lady strain his entertainment
entertainment (n.) 2 pleasant reception, favourable welcome
strain (v.) 3 urge, press, encourage

With any strong or vehement importunity –
importunity (n.) persistent solicitation, troublesome persistence

Much will be seen in that. In the meantime,

Let me be thought too busy in my fears,
busy (adj.) 2 interfering, meddlesome, busy-bodying

As worthy cause I have to fear I am,

And hold her free, I do beseech your honour.
free (adj.) 5 innocent, guiltless


OTHELLO

Fear not my government.


IAGO

                         I once more take my leave.

Exit
government (n.) 2 self-control, self-discipline, moral conduct


OTHELLO

This fellow's of exceeding honesty,

And knows all qualities with a learned spirit

Of human dealings. If I do prove her haggard,
haggard (adj.) wild, unmanageable, untrainable

Though that her jesses were my dear heart-strings,
jess (n.) [falconry] short strap fastened to a hawk's legs [to which the leash is attached]

I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind

To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black
fortune (n.) 3 chance, fate, [one's ] lot
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

And have not those soft parts of conversation
conversation (n.) 2 social interaction, society, dealings
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
soft (adj.) 1 sociable, pleasing, pleasant

That chamberers have; or for I am declined
chamberer (n.) frequenter of ladies' chambers, drawing-room man of fashion

Into the vale of years – yet that's not much –

She's gone: I am abused, and my relief
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

Must be to loathe her. O, curse of marriage!

That we can call these delicate creatures ours
delicate (adj.) 1 fine in quality, of exquisite nature, dainty

And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad

And live upon the vapour of a dungeon

Than keep a corner in the thing I love

For others' uses. Yet 'tis the plague of great ones;

Prerogatived are they less than the base.
prerogatived (adj.) privileged, advantaged, favoured

'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death:

Even then this forked plague is fated to us
forked (adj.) 1 two-horned

When we do quicken. Desdemona comes:
quicken (v.) 2 receive life, be conceived

Enter Desdemona and Emilia
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

If she be false, O, then heaven mocks itself!

I'll not believe't.


DESDEMONA

                         How now, my dear Othello!

Your dinner, and the generous islanders
generous (adj.) well-bred, mannerly, noble-minded

By you invited, do attend your presence.
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count


OTHELLO

I am to blame.


DESDEMONA

                         Why do you speak so faintly?

Are you not well?


OTHELLO

I have a pain upon my forehead here.


DESDEMONA

Faith, that's with watching: 'twill away again.
watching (n.) wakefulness, sleeplessness, vigilance

Let me but bind it hard, within this hour

It will be well.
napkin (n.) 1 handkerchief


OTHELLO

                         Your napkin is too little.

He puts the handkerchief from him, and she drops it

Let it alone. Come, I'll go in with you.


DESDEMONA

I am very sorry that you are not well.

Exeunt Othello and Desdemona


EMILIA

I am glad I have found this napkin:

This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
remembrance (n.) 4 love-token, keepsake, memento

My wayward husband hath a hundred times

Wooed me to steal it; but she so loves the token –

For he conjured her she should ever keep it –

That she reserves it evermore about her
reserve (v.) preserve, retain, keep

To kiss and talk to. I'll have the work ta'en out,
take out (v.) 1 copy, imitate, replicate

And give't Iago.

What he will do with it, heaven knows, not I;

I nothing, but to please his fantasy.
fantasy (n.) 4 whim, caprice, fancy

Enter Iago


IAGO

How now? What do you here alone?


EMILIA

Do not you chide; I have a thing for you.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count


IAGO

A thing for me? It is a common thing.


EMILIA

Ha!


IAGO

To have a foolish wife.


EMILIA

O, is that all? What will you give me now

For that same handkerchief?


IAGO

                         What handkerchief?


EMILIA

What handkerchief!

Why that the Moor first gave to Desdemona;

That which so often you did bid me steal.


IAGO

Hast stol'n it from her?


EMILIA

No, faith, she let it drop by negligence,

And to th' advantage, I, being here, took't up.
advantage (n.) 1 right moment, favourable opportunity

Look, here it is.
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count


IAGO

                         A good wench! Give it me.


EMILIA

What will you do with't, that you have been so earnest

To have me filch it?


IAGO

(snatching it)

                         Why, what is that to you?


EMILIA

If it be not for some purpose of import,
import (n.) importance, significance, consequence
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Give't me again. Poor lady, she'll run mad

When she shall lack it.


IAGO

Be not acknown on't: I have use for it.
acknow on (v.) admit to, confess, acknowledge

Go, leave me.

Exit Emilia

I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin,
napkin (n.) 1 handkerchief

And let him find it. Trifles light as air

Are to the jealous confirmations strong

As proofs of holy writ. This may do something.
writ (n.) 3 [archaism] gospel, holy writ See Topics: Archaisms

The Moor already changes with my poison.

Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons,
conceit (n.) 2 imagining, brooding, fanciful thinking

Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
distaste (v.) 2 be distasteful, offend the taste, disgust

But, with a little act upon the blood,
act (n.) 2 action (upon a person), effect

Burn like the mines of sulphur.

Enter Othello

                         I did say so.

Look where he comes! Not poppy, nor mandragora,
mandragora (n.) mandrake plant [seen as a narcotic] See Topics: Plants
poppy (n.) poppy-seed [used as a drug], opium

Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
drowsy (adj.) causing sleepiness, sleep-inducing, soporific

Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep

Which thou owed'st yesterday.
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count


OTHELLO

                         Ha, ha, false to me!


IAGO

Why, how now, General! No more of that.


OTHELLO

Avaunt! Be gone! Thou hast set me on the rack.
avaunt (int.) begone, go away, be off See Topics: Frequency count

I swear 'tis better to be much abused,
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

Than but to know't a little.


IAGO

                         How now, my lord!


OTHELLO

What sense had I of her stolen hours of lust?
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation
stolen (adj.) secret, stealthy, clandestine

I saw't not, thought it not, it harmed not me.

I slept the next night well, was free and merry;
free (adj.) 4 free of worry, untroubled, carefree

I found not Cassio's kisses on her lips.

He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen,
want (v.) 2 miss, feel the loss of

Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.


IAGO

I am sorry to hear this.


OTHELLO

I had been happy if the general camp,

Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body,
pioneer, pioner (n.) 1 sapper, labouring foot-soldier

So I had nothing known. O, now, for ever

Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content!
content (n.) 2 contentment, peace of mind

Farewell the plumed troops and the big wars

That make ambition virtue – O, farewell!

Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,
trump (n.) 1 trumpet

The spirit-stirring drum, th' ear-piercing fife,

The royal banner and all quality,
quality (n.) 3 rank, standing, position

Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!
circumstance (n.) 5 pageantry, ceremony, spectacle

And, O you mortal engines, whose rude throats
engine (n.) 2 weapon, instrument of warfare
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal
rude (adj.) 8 cacophonous, raucous, barbarous

Th' immortal Jove's dread clamours counterfeit,
counterfeit (v.) 1 copy, imitate, simulate See Topics: Frequency count

Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone.


IAGO

Is't possible, my lord?


OTHELLO

Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore;

Be sure of it: give me the ocular proof,

Or by the worth of mine eternal soul,

Thou hadst been better have been born a dog

Than answer my waked wrath!
waked (adj.) awakened, aroused, roused


IAGO

                         Is't come to this?


OTHELLO

Make me to see't: or, at the least, so prove it

That the probation bear no hinge nor loop
loop (n.) 2 metal ring, pivot, prop
probation (n.) 1 proof, demonstration

To hang a doubt on – or woe upon thy life!


IAGO

My noble lord –


OTHELLO

If thou dost slander her and torture me,

Never pray more; abandon all remorse;

On horror's head horrors accumulate;

Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed:

For nothing canst thou to damnation add

Greater than that.


IAGO

                         O grace! O heaven defend me!

Are you a man? Have you a soul? Or sense?

God bu'y you: take mine office. O wretched fool,
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

That lov'st to make thine honesty a vice!

O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world!

To be direct and honest is not safe.

I thank you for this profit, and from hence

I'll love no friend, sith love breeds such offence.


OTHELLO

Nay, stay: thou shouldst be honest.


IAGO

I should be wise; for honesty's a fool

And loses that it works for.


OTHELLO

                         By the world,

I think my wife be honest, and think she is not;
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous

I think that thou art just, and think thou art not.

I'll have some proof. Her name that was as fresh

As Dian's visage is now begrimed and black
visage (n.) 1 face, countenance See Topics: Frequency count

As mine own face. If there be cords or knives,

Poison or fire or suffocating streams,

I'll not endure it. Would I were satisfied!


IAGO

I see, sir, you are eaten up with passion.

I do repent me that I put it to you.

You would be satisfied?


OTHELLO

                         Would! Nay, I will.


IAGO

And may. But how? How satisfied, my lord?

Would you, the supervisor, grossly gape on?
grossly (adv.) 1 openly, blatantly, brazenly
supervisor (n.) onlooker, spectator, observer

Behold her topped?
top (v.) 4 screw, copulate with


OTHELLO

                         Death and damnation! O!


IAGO

It were a tedious difficulty, I think,

To bring them to that prospect. Damn them then

If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster
bolster (v.) lie on the same bolster, share a pillow

More than their own! What then? How then?

What shall I say? Where's satisfaction?

It is impossible you should see this,

Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys,
hot (adj.) 3 lecherous, lustful, hot-blooded
prime (adj.) 4 lecherous, randy, lustful

As salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross
gross (adj.) 1 plain, striking, evident, obvious
pride (n.) 7 sexual desire, lustful excess
salt (adj.) 5 lascivious, lustful, lecherous

As ignorance made drunk. But yet, I say,

If imputation and strong circumstance,
circumstance (n.) 1 detail(s), particular(s), specifics

Which lead directly to the door of truth,

Will give you satisfaction, you might have't.


OTHELLO

Give me a living reason she's disloyal.


IAGO

I do not like the office.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

But sith I am entered in this cause so far –

Pricked to't by foolish honesty and love –
prick on (v.) incite, urge on, spur on

I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately,

And being troubled with a raging tooth

I could not sleep.

There are a kind of men so loose of soul

That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs:

One of this kind is Cassio.

In sleep I heard him say ‘ Sweet Desdemona,

Let us be wary, let us hide our loves;’

And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand,

Cry ‘ O sweet creature!’ and then kiss me hard,

As if he plucked up kisses by the roots,

That grew upon my lips; then laid his leg

Over my thigh, and sighed and kissed, and then

Cried ‘ Cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor!’


OTHELLO

O monstrous! Monstrous!


IAGO

                         Nay, this was but his dream.


OTHELLO

But this denoted a foregone conclusion.
conclusion (n.) 6 consummation, resolution, outcome
foregone (adj.) previous, prior, earlier


IAGO

'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream:
doubt (n.) 1 suspicion, apprehension
shrewd (adj.) 7 ominous, telling; or: bitter, vexatious

And this may help to thicken other proofs

That do demonstrate thinly.


OTHELLO

                         I'll tear her all to pieces!


IAGO

Nay, but be wise: yet we see nothing done,

She may be honest yet. Tell me but this:

Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief,

Spotted with strawberries, in your wife's hand?
spotted (adj.) 3 embroidered, patterned


OTHELLO

I gave her such a one: 'twas my first gift.


IAGO

I know not that: but such a handkerchief –

I am sure it was your wife's – did I today

See Cassio wipe his beard with.


OTHELLO

                         If it be that –


IAGO

If it be that, or any that was hers,

It speaks against her with the other proofs.


OTHELLO

O, that the slave had forty thousand lives!

One is too poor, too weak for my revenge.
weak (adj.) 1 of little worth, wanting, deficient

Now do I see 'tis true. Look here, Iago –

All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven:
fond (adj.) 3 tender, loving, affectionate

'Tis gone.

Arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell!

Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne
hearted (adj.) 2 seated in the heart, heart-centred

To tyrannous hate! Swell, bosom, with thy fraught,
fraught (n.) 2 burden, load

For 'tis of aspics' tongues!
aspic (n.) type of venomous snake, asp
content (adj.) 3 satisfied, calm, easy in mind


IAGO

                         Yet be content.


OTHELLO

O, blood, blood, blood!


IAGO

Patience, I say: your mind perhaps may change.


OTHELLO

Never, Iago. Like to the Pontic sea,

Whose icy current and compulsive course
compulsive (adj.) driving onward, forcing forward

Ne'er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on

To the Propontic and the Hellespont,

Even so my bloody thoughts with violent pace

Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love,

Till that a capable and wide revenge
capable (adj.) 2 comprehensive, exhaustive, capacious

Swallow them up. Now, by yond marble heaven,

In the due reverence of a sacred vow

I here engage my words.

He kneels


IAGO

                         Do not rise yet.

He kneels

Witness you ever-burning lights above,

You elements, that clip us round about,
clip (v.) 2 encompass, enclose, surround
element (n.) 3 (plural) forces of nature, atmospheric powers

Witness that here Iago doth give up

The execution of his wit, hands, heart,
execution (n.) 1 action, performance, doing
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

To wronged Othello's service. Let him command,

And to obey shall be in me remorse,
remorse (n.) 2 pity, compassion, tenderness

What bloody business ever.

They rise


OTHELLO

                         I greet thy love,

Not with vain thanks, but with acceptance bounteous;
bounteous (adj.) open-hearted, full of warm feeling

And will upon the instant put thee to't.
put to it put to the proof, make trial of

Within these three days let me hear thee say

That Cassio's not alive.


IAGO

                         My friend is dead;

'Tis done at your request. But let her live.


OTHELLO

Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her, damn her!

Come go with me apart. I will withdraw

To furnish me with some swift means of death

For the fair devil. Now art thou my Lieutenant.


IAGO

I am your own for ever.

Exeunt

 
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