Othello

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Enter Roderigo and Iago

 

RODERIGO

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Tush, never tell me! I take it much unkindly

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That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse

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As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.

 

IAGO

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'Sblood, but you will not hear me!

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If ever I did dream of such a matter,

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Abhor me.

 

RODERIGO

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Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate.

 

IAGO

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Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city,

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In personal suit to make me his Lieutenant,
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition

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Off-capped to him: and by the faith of man,
off-cap (v.) doff the cap, take off the hat [in respect]

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I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank

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But he, as loving his own pride and purposes,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan

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Evades them with a bombast circumstance
bombast, bumbast (adj.) bombastic, padded-out, waffly
circumstance (n.) 2 circumlocution, verbiage, unnecessary detail

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Horribly stuffed with epithets of war,
epithet (n.) turn of phrase, expression

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And in conclusion

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Non-suits my mediators. For, ‘ Certes,’ says he,
certes (adv.) certainly, assuredly, without doubt
non-suit (v.) reject the suit of, refuse

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‘ I have already chose my officer.’

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And what was he?

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Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
arithmetician (n.) theoretician, academic
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed

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One Michael Cassio, a Florentine –

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A fellow almost damned in a fair wife –

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That never set a squadron in the field,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat
squadron (n.) army detachment, body of soldiers

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Nor the division of a battle knows

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More than a spinster – unless the bookish theoric,
bookish (adj.) of mere book-learning, obtained only from books, scholarly
theoric (n.) theory, academic speculation

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Wherein the toged consuls can propose
propose (v.) 1 converse, discourse, hold forth
toged (adj.) toga-wearing, robed

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As masterly as he. Mere prattle, without practice
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter

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Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had th' election:

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And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof

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At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds

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Christian and heathen, must be leed and calmed
calm (v.) becalm, come to a halt, delay
lee (v.) cut off from the wind, make helpless

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By debitor and creditor; this counter-caster,
counter-caster (n.) [contemptuous] one who works things out with the help of counters, arithmetician
debitor (n.) debtor [debt column in an account book]

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He in good time must his Lieutenant be,

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And I – God bless the mark! – his Moorship's Ancient.
ancient, aunchient (n.) 1 ensign, standard-bearer

 

RODERIGO

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By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman.

 

IAGO

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Why, there's no remedy. 'Tis the curse of service:

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Preferment goes by letter and affection,
affection (n.) 1 fancy, inclination, desire
letter (n.) 1 [letter of] influence, recommendation, introduction

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And not by old gradation, where each second
gradation (n.) 2 seniority, relative rank, career advancement

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Stood heir to th' first. Now sir, be judge yourself

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Whether I in any just term am affined
affined (adj.) 2 constrained, bound, obliged

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To love the Moor.

 

RODERIGO

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I would not follow him then.
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax

 

IAGO

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                         O, sir, content you:

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I follow him to serve my turn upon him.

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We cannot all be masters, nor all masters

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Cannot be truly followed. You shall mark
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
truly (adv.) 1 faithfully, loyally, constantly

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Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey
knee-crooking (adj.) bowing, kneeling, genuflecting

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That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,

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Wears out his time, much like his master's ass,

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For naught but provender, and when he's old – cashiered!

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Whip me such honest knaves. Others there are

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Who, trimmed in forms and visages of duty,
visage (n.) 2 outward appearance, aspect, air

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Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves,
attend (v.) 6 regard, consider

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And, throwing but shows of service on their lords,
show (n.) 1 appearance, exhibition, display

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Do well thrive by them; and when they have lined their coats,

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Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul,

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And such a one do I profess myself.

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For, sir,

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It is as sure as you are Roderigo,

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Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:

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In following him, I follow but myself.

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Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,

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But seeming so for my peculiar end:
peculiar (adj.) particular, private, personal

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For when my outward action doth demonstrate

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The native act and figure of my heart
figure (n.) 1 form, design, shape, conception
native (adj.) 2 innate, inborn, instinctive

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In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
compliment, complement (n.) 3 show, display, exhibition
extern (adj.) external, outward, exterior

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But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

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For daws to peck at – I am not what I am.
daw (n.) 1 jackdaw [as noted for its stupidity]; dolt, fool

 

RODERIGO

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What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe
full (adj.) 2 ideal, perfect, complete
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have

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If he can carry't thus!
carry (v.) 10 carry off, get away with

 

IAGO

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                         Call up her father,

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Rouse him, make after him, poison his delight,

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Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen,

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And, though he in a fertile climate dwell,

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Plague him with flies: though that his joy be joy,

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Yet throw such chances of vexation on't,
chance (n.) 4 possibility, prospect, aspect
vexation (n.) 1 agitation, disturbance, turmoil

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As it may lose some colour.

 

RODERIGO

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Here is her father's house; I'll call aloud.

 

IAGO

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Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell,
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal
timorous (adj.) 2 causing fear, terrifying, dreadful

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As when, by night and negligence, the fire

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Is spied in populous cities.

 

RODERIGO

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What, ho, Brabantio! Signor Brabantio, ho!

 

IAGO

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Awake! What, ho, Brabantio! Thieves, thieves!

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Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags!

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Thieves, thieves!

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Enter Brabantio above, at a window

 

BRABANTIO

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What is the reason of this terrible summons?

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What is the matter there?
matter (n.) 4 affair(s), business, real issue

 

RODERIGO

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Signor, is all your family within?

 

IAGO

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Are your doors locked?

 

BRABANTIO

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                         Why, wherefore ask you this?

 

IAGO

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'Zounds, sir, you're robbed; for shame, put on your gown;

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Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul.
burst (adj.) broken, shattered, rent in two

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Even now, now, very now, an old black ram

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Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise,
tup (v.) copulate with, screw

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Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,

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Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.

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Arise, I say!
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)

 

BRABANTIO

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                         What, have you lost your wits?

 

RODERIGO

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Most reverend signor, do you know my voice?

 

BRABANTIO

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Not I: what are you?

 

RODERIGO

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                         My name is Roderigo.

 

BRABANTIO

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The worser welcome!

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I have charged thee not to haunt about my doors.

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In honest plainness thou hast heard me say

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My daughter is not for thee. And now in madness,

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Being full of supper and distempering draughts,
distempering (adj.) intoxicating, disturbing, disorienting

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Upon malicious bravery dost thou come
bravery (n.) 4 bravado, show of daring, swaggering display

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To start my quiet.
start (v.) 2 startle, alarm, disturb

 

RODERIGO

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Sir, sir, sir –

 

BRABANTIO

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                         But thou must needs be sure

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My spirit and my place have in them power
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank

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To make this bitter to thee.

 

RODERIGO

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                         Patience, good sir.

 

BRABANTIO

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What tell'st thou me of robbing? This is Venice:

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My house is not a grange.
grange (n.) country house, farmhouse

 

RODERIGO

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                         Most grave Brabantio,

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In simple and pure soul I come to you...
simple (adj.) 5 sincere, honest, open, innocent

 

IAGO

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Zounds, sir, you are one of those that will not serve

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God if the devil bid you. Because we come to do you

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service, and you think we are ruffians, you'll have your

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daughter covered with a Barbary horse; you'll have your

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nephews neigh to you, you'll have coursers for cousins,
nephew (n.) 2 grandson

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and jennets for germans.
german, germane (n.) near relative, blood relation
jennet, gennet (n.) small Spanish horse

 

BRABANTIO

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What profane wretch art thou?
profane (adj.) 1 blasphemous, irreverent, foul-mouthed

 

IAGO

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I am one, sir, that comes to tell you, your daughter

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and the Moor are now making the beast with two

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backs.

 

BRABANTIO

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Thou art a villain.

 

IAGO

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                         You are a Senator.

 

BRABANTIO

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This thou shalt answer. I know thee, Roderigo.
answer (v.) 14 account for, justify, defend

 

RODERIGO

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Sir, I will answer anything. But I beseech you

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If't be your pleasure and most wise consent,
wise (adj.) 2 informed, well-aware, knowledgeable

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As partly I find it is, that your fair daughter,
partly (adv.) slightly, in some measure, a little

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At this odd-even and dull watch o'the night,
dull (adj.) 1 dead, lifeless, sluggish, inactive
odd-even (adj.) between 12 and 1, around midnight
watch (n.) 4 time interval, period of time

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Transported with no worse nor better guard

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But with a knave of common hire, a gondolier,
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey

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To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor –

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If this be known to you, and your allowance,
allowance (n.) 2 permission, approval, sanction

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We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs;
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

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But if you know not this, my manners tell me

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We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe

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That from the sense of all civility
civility (n.) civilized conduct, courteous behaviour, good manners

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I thus would play and trifle with your reverence.

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Your daughter, if you have not given her leave,

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I say again hath made a gross revolt,
gross (adj.) 8 vile, abhorrent, wicked
revolt (n.) 2 rebellion, act of disobedience

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Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability

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In an extravagant and wheeling stranger
extravagant (adj.) vagrant, straying, roaming
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider
wheeling (adj.) roving, wandering, drifting

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Of here and everywhere. Straight satisfy yourself:
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once

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If she be in her chamber or your house,

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Let loose on me the justice of the state

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For thus deluding you.

 

BRABANTIO

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                         Strike on the tinder, ho!

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Give me a taper; call up all my people!
taper (n.) candle

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This accident is not unlike my dream:
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

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Belief of it oppresses me already.

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Light, I say, light!

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Exit above

 

IAGO

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                         Farewell, for I must leave you.

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It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place,
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank
wholesome (adj.) 1 good, beneficial, advantageous

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To be produced – as if I stay, I shall –

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Against the Moor. For I do know the state,

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However this may gall him with some check,
check (n.) 1 reprimand, reproof, rebuke
gall (v.) 1 vex, annoy, irritate

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Cannot with safety cast him; for he's embarked
cast (v.) 4 cast off, discard, dismiss, reject
embark (v.) engage in an enterprise, involve in an undertaking

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With such loud reason to the Cyprus wars,
loud (adj.) 3 clamorous, loudly supported; or: pressing, urgent

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Which even now stand in act, that for their souls
act (n.) 3 progress, operation, action

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Another of his fathom they have none
fathom (n.) calibre, ability, depth

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To lead their business. In which regard,

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Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,

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Yet for necessity of present life

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I must show out a flag and sign of love,

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Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely find him,
sign (n.) 3 mere semblance, token symbol, show

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Lead to the Sagittary the raised search;
search (n.) search-party

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And there will I be with him. So farewell.

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Exit

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Enter Brabantio in his night-gown with servants and

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torches

 

BRABANTIO

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It is too true an evil. Gone she is,

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And what's to come of my despised time

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Is naught but bitterness. Now, Roderigo,

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Where didst thou see her? – O unhappy girl! –

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With the Moor, say'st thou? – Who would be a father? –

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How didst thou know 'twas she? – O, she deceives me

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Past thought! – What said she to you? – Get more tapers.
taper (n.) candle

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Raise all my kindred. – Are they married, think you?

 

RODERIGO

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Truly I think they are.

 

BRABANTIO

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O heaven! How got she out? O treason of the blood!

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Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds

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By what you see them act. Is there not charms
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment

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By which the property of youth and maidhood
maidhood (n.) maidenhood
property (n.) 1 quality, character, nature

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May be abused? Have you not read, Roderigo,

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Of some such thing?

 

RODERIGO

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                         Yes, sir, I have indeed.

 

BRABANTIO

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Call up my brother – O would you had had her!

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Some one way, some another. Do you know

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Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?

 

RODERIGO

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I think I can discover him, if you please,
discover (v.) 4 find, uncover, come upon

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To get good guard and go along with me.

 

BRABANTIO

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Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll call –

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I may command at most. Get weapons, ho!

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And raise some special officers of night.

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On, good Roderigo, I'll deserve your pains.
deserve (v.) 3 requite, recompense, pay back

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Exeunt

 
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