Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Othello, Lodovico, Desdemona, Emilia and attendants


I do beseech you, sir, trouble yourself no further.


O, pardon me: 'twill do me good to walk.


Madam, good night. I humbly thank your ladyship.


Your honour is most welcome.


                         Will you walk, sir?

O, Desdemona!


My lord?


Get you to bed on th' instant. I will be returned

forthwith. Dismiss your attendant there. Look't be done.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 7 dismiss, get rid of, send away


I will, my lord.

Exeunt Othello, Lodovico, and attendants


How goes it now? He looks gentler than he did.
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence


He says he will return incontinent.
incontinent (adv.) immediately, forthwith, at once

He hath commanded me to go to bed,

And bade me to dismiss you.


                         Dismiss me?


It was his bidding: therefore, good Emilia,.

Give me my nightly wearing, and adieu.
wearing (n.) 1 clothing, dress, garments

We must not now displease him.


I would you had never seen him.


So would not I: my love doth so approve him
approve (v.) 4 commend, praise, show to be worthy

That even his stubbornness, his checks, his frowns –
check (n.) 1 reprimand, reproof, rebuke

Prithee, unpin me – have grace and favour in them.
favour (n.) 3 charm, attractiveness, gracefulness
grace (n.) 4 gracefulness, charm, elegance


I have laid those sheets, you bade me, on the bed.


All's one. Good faith, how foolish are our minds!
all is one; that's / it's all one it makes no difference, it's one and the same, it doesn't matter See Topics: Discourse markers

If I do die before thee, prithee shroud me

In one of those same sheets.


                         Come, come, you talk.


My mother had a maid called Barbary:

She was in love: and he she loved proved mad
mad (adj.) 2 wild, faithless, inconstant

And did forsake her. She had a song of willow;

An old thing 'twas; but it expressed her fortune,

And she died singing it. That song tonight

Will not go from my mind: I have much to do

But to go hang my head all at one side,

And sing it like poor Barbary – prithee, dispatch.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly


Shall I go fetch your night-gown?


                         No, unpin me here.

This Lodovico is a proper man.
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely


A very handsome man.


                         He speaks well.


I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot

to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.
nether (adj.) 1 lower, bottom



The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
sycamore (n.) variety of fig tree See Topics: Plants

Sing all a green willow;

Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,

Sing willow, willow, willow;

The fresh streams ran by her and murmured her moans;

Sing willow, willow, willow;

Her salt tears fell from her and softened the stones –

(She speaks)

Lay by these.

(She sings)

Sing willow, willow, willow –

(She speaks)

Prithee hie thee; he'll come anon
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

(She sings)
cry on (v.) shout out, call out about

Sing all a green willow must be my garland.

Let nobody blame him; his scorn I approve –

(She speaks)

Nay, that's not next. Hark, who is't that knocks?


It's the wind.


(She sings)

I called my love false love, but what said he then?
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial

Sing willow, willow, willow:

If I court moe women, you'll couch with moe men.
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

(She speaks)

So get thee gone; good night. Mine eyes do itch:

Doth that bode weeping?
bode (v.) 1 forebode, portend, predict, augur


                         'Tis neither here nor there.


I have heard it said so. O, these men, these men!

Dost thou in conscience think – tell me, Emilia –
conscience (n.) 2 real knowledge, internal conviction, true understanding

That there be women do abuse their husbands
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

In such gross kind?
gross (adj.) 7 coarse, vulgar, unrefined


                         There be some such, no question.


Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?


Why, would not you?


                         No, by this heavenly light.


Nor I neither by this heavenly light: I might do't

as well i'th' dark.


Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the



The world's a huge thing: it is a great price for a

small vice.


In troth, I think thou wouldst not.


In troth I think I should, and undo 't when I had

done it. Marry, I would not do such a thing for a joint
joint ring (n.) finger-ring made in two separable parts

ring, nor for measures of lawn, nor for gowns, petticoats,
lawn (n.) [type of] fine linen
measure (n.) 1 extent, size, amount, quantity, mass

nor caps, nor any petty exhibition. But for all the whole
exhibition (n.) 2 gift, present, offer

world! Ud's pity, who would not make her husband a

cuckold, to make him a monarch? I should venture
cuckold (n.) [mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife See Topics: Frequency count

purgatory for't.


Beshrew me, if I would do such a wrong for
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count

the whole world!


Why, the wrong is but a wrong i'th' world; and

having the world for your labour, tis a wrong in your

own world, and you might quickly make it right.


I do not think there is any such woman.


Yes, a dozen: and as many to th' vantage as would
vantage, of / to the in addition, as well, besides

store the world they played for.
store (v.) populate, supply with children

But I do think it is their husbands' faults

If wives do fall. Say that they slack their duties,
slack (v.) 4 neglect, be remiss [to]

And pour our treasures into foreign laps;

Or else break out in peevish jealousies,
peevish (adj.) 1 silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive

Throwing restraint upon us; or say they strike us,

Or scant our former having in despite –
despite (n.) 2 malice, spite, hatred
having (n.) 1 fortune, estate, means
scant (v.) 1 neglect, stint, withhold

Why, we have galls, and though we have some grace,
gall (n.) 3 spirit of anger, venom, ability to be angry

Yet have we some revenge. Let husbands know

Their wives have sense like them: they see and smell,

And have their palates both for sweet and sour

As husbands have. What is it that they do,

When they change us for others? Is it sport?
sport (n.) 3 sexual recreation, intercourse, amorous dalliance

I think it is. And doth affection breed it?
affection (n.) 3 desire, passion, lustful feeling

I think it doth. Is't frailty that thus errs?

It is so too. And have not we affections,

Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have?
frailty (n.) 1 moral weakness, shortcoming, liability to give in to temptation

Then let them use us well: else let them know

The ills we do, their ills instruct us so.
ill (n.) 1 wrong, injury, harm, evil


Good night, good night. God me such uses send,
use (n.) 1 usual practice, habit, custom

Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend!


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