Othello


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Othello, Iago, attendants with torches


IAGO

Though in the trade of war I have slain men,

Yet do I hold it very stuff o'th' conscience
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence

To do no contrived murder: I lack iniquity

Sometimes to do me service. Nine or ten times

I had thought t' have yerked him here under the ribs.
yerk (v.) thrust, strike, beat


OTHELLO

'Tis better as it is.
prate (v.) prattle, chatter, blather See Topics: Frequency count


IAGO

                         Nay, but he prated

And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms
scurvy (adj.) 1 contemptible, despicable, wretched

Against your honour,

That with the little godliness I have,

I did full hard forbear him. But I pray, sir,
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count
full (adv.) 2 very, exceedingly, extremely
hard (adv.) 4 with difficulty, not easily

Are you fast married? For be assured of this,

That the Magnifico is much beloved,

And hath in his effect a voice potential
potential (adj.) powerful, mighty, strong
voice (n.) 3 authoritative opinion, judgement

As double as the Duke's. He will divorce you,

Or put upon you what restraint and grievance
grievance (n.) 2 cause of annoyance, painful constraint, source of sorrow

The law, with all his might to enforce it on,

Will give him cable.
cable (n.) scope, reach


OTHELLO

                         Let him do his spite:

My services, which I have done the signory,
signory (n.) 2 [Italian] state, province, territory

Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to know –
out-tongue (v.) speak more loudly than, be more persuasive than

Which, when I know that boasting is an honour,

I shall provulgate – I fetch my life and being
being (n.) 2 physical existence, life
provulgate (v.) promulgate, make public, publish abroad

From men of royal siege, and my demerits
demerit (n.) (plural) merits, deserts, deserving
siege (n.) 2 rank, status, standing

May speak, unbonneted, to as proud a fortune
unbonneted (adv.) 2 bare-headed; with all modesty

As this that I have reached. For know, Iago,

But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

I would not my unhoused free condition
unhoused (adj.) 2 unconfined, unconstrained, independent

Put into circumscription and confine
circumscription (n.) restriction, restraint, constraint
confine (n.) 3 confinement, restraint, limitation

For the seas' worth. But look, what lights come yond!


IAGO

Those are the raised father and his friends:

You were best go in.


OTHELLO

                         Not I: I must be found.

My parts, my title, and my perfect soul
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
perfect (adj.) 3 innocent, guiltless, clear
soul (n.) 3 conscience, heart, inner being

Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?


IAGO

By Janus, I think no.

Enter Cassio, with men bearing torches


OTHELLO

The servants of the Duke and my Lieutenant!

The goodness of the night upon you, friends.

What is the news?


CASSIO

                         The Duke does greet you, General,

And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance
haste-post-haste (adj.) with all possible speed, very prompt, most expeditious

Even on the instant.
matter (n.) 4 affair(s), business, real issue


OTHELLO

                         What is the matter, think you?


CASSIO

Something from Cyprus, as I may divine:
divine (v.) 1 guess, suppose, conjecture

It is a business of some heat. The galleys
heat (n.) 2 urgency, intensity, force

Have sent a dozen sequent messengers
sequent (adj.) 2 sequential, successive, one after another

This very night at one another's heels;

And many of the consuls, raised and met,

Are at the Duke's already. You have been hotly called for,
hotly (adv.) 3 urgently, eagerly, fervently

When being not at your lodging to be found.

The senate hath sent about three several quests
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

To search you out.


OTHELLO

                         'Tis well I am found by you:

I will but spend a word here in the house,
spend (v.) 2 expend, express, give vent to

And go with you.

Exit


CASSIO

                         Ancient, what makes he here?


IAGO

Faith, he tonight hath boarded a land carack:
carrack, carack (n.) galleon, large merchant ship, also fitted out for war

If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.


CASSIO

I do not understand.


IAGO

                         He's married.


CASSIO

                                                         To who?


IAGO

Marry, to – Come, Captain, will you go?

Enter Othello


OTHELLO

                         Have with you.


CASSIO

Here comes another troop to seek for you.

Enter Brabantio, Roderigo, with officers and torches


IAGO

It is Brabantio: General, be advised,

He comes to bad intent.
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count


OTHELLO

                         Holla, stand there.


RODERIGO

Signor, it is the Moor.


BRABANTIO

                         Down with him, thief!


IAGO

You, Roderigo! Come, sir, I am for you.


OTHELLO

Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.

Good signor, you shall more command with years

Than with your weapons.


BRABANTIO

O thou foul thief! Where hast thou stowed my daughter?
stow (v.) 1 put away, put under cover

Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her:
enchant (v.) charm, bewitch, win over

For I'll refer me to all things of sense,
refer (v.) 1 entrust, commit, commend
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

If she in chains of magic were not bound,

Whether a maid, so tender, fair, and happy,

So opposite to marriage that she shunned
opposite (adj.) opposed, hostile, adverse, antagonistic [to]

The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,
curled (adj.) with elegantly curled hair, adorned with ringlets

Would ever have – t' incur a general mock –
mock (n.) 2 mockery, derision, ridicule

Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom
guardage (n.) guardianship, protection, keeping

Of such a thing as thou: to fear, not to delight.
fear (v.) 1 frighten, scare, terrify, daunt

Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense
gross (adj.) 1 plain, striking, evident, obvious
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

That thou hast practised on her with foul charms,

Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals
delicate (adj.) 1 fine in quality, of exquisite nature, dainty
mineral (n.) 2 substance, poison, toxin

That weakens motion. I'll have't disputed on;
motion (n.) 3 power to act normally, reaction, faculties

'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking:

I therefore apprehend, and do attach thee
apprehend (v.) 1 seize, arrest, lay hold of
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend

For an abuser of the world, a practiser
abuser (n.) betrayer, deceiver, corrupter

Of arts inhibited, and out of warrant.
art (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
inhibited (adj.) prohibited, forbidden, proscribed
warrant, out of illegal, unlawful, banned

Lay hold upon him: if he do resist,

Subdue him, at his peril.


OTHELLO

                         Hold your hands,

Both you of my inclining and the rest.
inclining (n.) 2 party, following, faction

Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it

Without a prompter. Where will you that I go

To answer this your charge?


BRABANTIO

                         To prison, till fit time

Of law and course of direct session
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
direct (adj.) 2 following normal legal procedure; or: immediate
session, sessions (n.) judicial assembly, trial, court

Call thee to answer.


OTHELLO

                         What if I do obey?

How may the Duke be therewith satisfied,

Whose messengers are here about my side,

Upon some present business of the state

To bring me to him?


FIRST OFFICER

                         'Tis true, most worthy signor:

The Duke's in council, and your noble self

I am sure is sent for.


BRABANTIO

                         How? The Duke in council?

In this time of the night? Bring him away.

Mine's not an idle cause; the Duke himself,
idle (adj.) 5 trifling, unimportant, trivial

Or any of my brothers of the state,

Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own:

For if such actions may have passage free,

Bondslaves and pagans shall our statesmen be.
bondslave (n.) slave, bondsman, person in a condition of servitude

Exeunt

 
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