Othello


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Iago and Roderigo
bulk (n.) 3 projecting part of a building, structure for displaying goods at the front of a shop
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


IAGO

Here, stand behind this bulk: straight will he come.

Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home.
bare (adj.) 5 unsheathed, exposed
home (adv.) 2 into the heart of the enemy, to the target

Quick, quick; fear nothing: I'll be at thy elbow.

It makes us, or it mars us; think on that,

And fix most firm thy resolution.


RODERIGO

Be near at hand; I may miscarry in't.
miscarry (v.) 3 go wrong, fail, be unsuccessful


IAGO

Here, at thy hand: be bold, and take thy stand.

He retires


RODERIGO

I have no great devotion to the deed,

And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons.

'Tis but a man gone. Forth my sword! He dies!


IAGO

I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense,
quat (n.) pimple, small boil
sense, to the to the quick

And he grows angry. Now, whether he kill Cassio,

Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,

Every way makes my gain. Live Roderigo,

He calls me to a restitution large

Of gold and jewels, that I bobbed from him
bob (v.) 1 swindle, cheat, get by deception

As gifts to Desdemona.

It must not be. If Cassio do remain

He hath a daily beauty in his life

That makes me ugly: and besides, the Moor

May unfold me to him – there stand I in much peril.
unfold (v.) 2 identify, disclose, reveal

No, he must die. But soft, I hear him coming.

Enter Cassio


RODERIGO

I know his gait; 'tis he. Villain, thou diest!


CASSIO

That thrust had been mine enemy indeed,

But that my coat is better than thou think'st.

I will make proof of thine.

He wounds Roderigo
proof (n.) 3 test, trial


RODERIGO

                         O, I am slain!

Iago wounds Cassio in the leg, and exit


CASSIO

I am maimed for ever. Help, ho! Murder, murder!

Enter Othello, above


OTHELLO

The voice of Cassio: Iago keeps his word.


RODERIGO

O, villain that I am!


OTHELLO

                         It is even so.


CASSIO

O, help, ho! Light! A surgeon!


OTHELLO

'Tis he! O brave Iago, honest and just,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

That hast such noble sense of thy friend's wrong,

Thou teachest me! Minion, your dear lies dead,
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx

And your unblest fate hies. Strumpet, I come!
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore

Forth of my heart those charms, thine eyes, are blotted;
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment

Thy bed, lust-stained, shall with lust's blood be spotted.

Exit Othello

Enter Lodovico and Gratiano
passage (n.) 5 traffic, passing to and fro, movement of people


CASSIO

What, ho! No watch? No passage? Murder, murder!


GRATIANO

'Tis some mischance: the cry is very direful.
direful (adj.) dreadful, terrible, frightful


CASSIO

O, help!


LODOVICO

Hark!


RODERIGO

O wretched villain!


LODOVICO

Two or three groan. It is a heavy night.
heavy (adj.) 8 gloomy, dark, overcast

These may be counterfeits. Let's think't unsafe
counterfeit (n.) 2 impostor, pretender, sham

To come in to the cry without more help.
come in (v.) 1 approach, move towards


RODERIGO

Nobody come? Then shall I bleed to death.


LODOVICO

Hark!

Enter Iago, with a light


GRATIANO

Here's one comes in his shirt, with light and weapons.


IAGO

Who's there? Whose noise is this that ones on murder?


LODOVICO

We do not know.


IAGO

                         Did you not hear a cry?


CASSIO

Here, here: for heaven's sake help me!


IAGO

                         What's the matter?


GRATIANO

This is Othello's Ancient, as I take it.


LODOVICO

The same indeed, a very valiant fellow.


IAGO

What are you here, that cry so grievously?
grievously (adv.) 1 sorrowfully, deeply, with great grief


CASSIO

Iago? O, I am spoiled, undone by villains!
spoil (v.) 5 badly injure, seriously hurt
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count

Give me some help.


IAGO

O me, Lieutenant! What villains have done this?


CASSIO

I think that one of them is hereabout

And cannot make away.


IAGO

                         O treacherous villains!

What are you there? Come in, and give some help.


RODERIGO

O, help me here!


CASSIO

That's one of them.


IAGO

                         O murd'rous slave! O villain!

He stabs Roderigo


RODERIGO

O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!

He faints


IAGO

Kill men i'th' dark? Where be these bloody thieves?

How silent is this town! Ho, murder, murder!

Lodovico and Gratiano come forward

What may you be? Are you of good or evil?


LODOVICO

As you shall prove us, praise us.


IAGO

Signor Lodovico?


LODOVICO

He, sir.


IAGO

I cry you mercy. Here's Cassio hurt by villains.


GRATIANO

Cassio?


IAGO

How is't, brother?


CASSIO

My leg is cut in two.


IAGO

                         Marry, heaven forbid!

Light, gentlemen, I'll bind it with my shirt.

Enter Bianca


BIANCA

What is the matter, ho? Who is't that cried?


IAGO

Who is't that cried?


BIANCA

O, my dear Cassio, my sweet Cassio,

O Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!


IAGO

O notable strumpet! Cassio, may you suspect
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore

Who they should be that have thus mangled you?
mangle (v.) wound, gash, hack


CASSIO

No.


GRATIANO

I am sorry to find you thus: I have been to seek you.


IAGO

Lend me a garter: so. O, for a chair

To bear him easily hence!
easily (adv.) in comfort, at ease


BIANCA

                         Alas, he faints!

O Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!


IAGO

Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trash
trash (n.) 3 worthless person, disreputable individual

To be a party in this injury.

Patience awhile, good Cassio. Come, come,

Lend me a light. Know we this face or no?

Alas, my friend, and my dear countryman

Roderigo? No – yes, sure – O heaven, Roderigo!


GRATIANO

What! Of Venice?


IAGO

Even he, sir. Did you know him?


GRATIANO

                         Know him? Ay.


IAGO

Signor Gratiano? I cry you gentle pardon.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

These bloody accidents must excuse my manners

That so neglected you.


GRATIANO

                         I am glad to see you.


IAGO

How do you, Cassio? O, a chair, a chair!


GRATIANO

Roderigo!


IAGO

He, he, 'tis he.

Enter attendants with chair
said, well well done

                         O, that's well said, the chair!


GRATIANO

Some good man bear him carefully from hence.

I'll fetch the General's surgeon. For you, mistress,

Save you your labour. He that lies slain here, Cassio,

Was my dear friend. What malice was between you?


CASSIO

None in the world, nor do I know the man.


IAGO

(to Bianca) What, look you pale? O, bear him out o'th' air.

Cassio is borne in. Roderigo's body is removed

Stay you, good gentlemen. Look you pale, mistress?

Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?
gastness (n.) terror, dread, frightened look

Nay, if you stare, we shall hear more anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

Behold her well; I pray you look upon her.

Do you see, gentlemen? Nay, guiltiness will speak

Though tongues were out of use.

Enter Emilia


EMILIA

'Las, what's the matter? What's the matter, husband?


IAGO

Cassio hath here been set on in the dark

By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped:
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

He's almost slain and Roderigo quite.


EMILIA

Alas, good gentleman! Alas, good Cassio!


IAGO

This is the fruit of whoring. Prithee, Emilia,

Go know of Cassio where he supped tonight.
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

What, do you shake at that?


BIANCA

He supped at my house, but I therefore shake not.


IAGO

O, did he so? I charge you go with me.


EMILIA

Fie, fie upon thee, strumpet!


BIANCA

I am no strumpet, but of life as honest
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore

As you that thus abuse me.
abuse (v.) 2 misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrong


EMILIA

                         As I? Foh! Fie upon thee!


IAGO

Kind gentlemen, let's see poor Cassio dressed.
dress (v.) 4 [of wounds] treat, minister to, care for

Come, mistress, you must tell's another tale.

Emilia, run you to the citadel,

And tell my lord and lady what hath happed.
hap (v.) happen, take place, come to pass

Will you go on afore? (Aside) This is the night
afore (adv.) in front, ahead

That either makes me, or fordoes me quite.
fordo (v.) 1 wreck, destroy, ruin

Exeunt

 
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