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Othello
Act 5, scene 1

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In Venice, at the start of Othello, the soldier Iago announces his hatred for his commander, Othello, a Moor. Othello has…

Act 1, scene 1

In the streets of Venice, Iago tells Roderigo of his hatred for Othello, who has given Cassio the lieutenancy that…

Act 1, scene 2

Iago warns Othello about Brabantio’s anger, but Othello is confident in his own strength and in his love for Desdemona….

Act 1, scene 3

The duke and the senators discuss the movements of the Turkish fleet and conclude that its target is, indeed, Cyprus….

Act 2, scene 1

The Turkish fleet is destroyed in a storm, while Cassio and then Desdemona, Emilia, and Iago arrive safely at Cyprus….

Act 2, scene 2

Othello proclaims a public celebration.

Act 2, scene 3

Iago gets Cassio drunk, making it easy for Roderigo to provoke Cassio into a brawl, first with Roderigo, then with…

Act 3, scene 1

Cassio arrives with musicians to honor Othello and Desdemona. As Iago has recommended, Cassio asks Emilia to arrange a meeting…

Act 3, scene 2

Othello prepares to tour Cyprus’s fortifications.

Act 3, scene 3

Desdemona’s interview with Cassio is cut short by the arrival of Othello. Cassio leaves hastily in order to avoid speaking…

Act 3, scene 4

Desdemona, still actively seeking to have Cassio reinstated, is worried about the loss of her handkerchief. Her anxiety about it…

Act 4, scene 1

Iago continues to torment Othello with vivid descriptions of Desdemona’s alleged sexual activity. Othello falls into an epileptic seizure. Iago…

Act 4, scene 2

Othello questions Emilia about Cassio and Desdemona’s relationship, acting as if Emilia is the mistress of a brothel and Desdemona…

Act 4, scene 3

Othello, walking with Lodovico, orders Desdemona to go to bed and to dismiss Emilia. As Emilia helps Desdemona prepare for…

Act 5, scene 1

In the dark streets of Cyprus, Roderigo attacks Cassio, who, uninjured, stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio in the leg….

Act 5, scene 2

Desdemona is asleep in bed when Othello enters. He kisses her and wakes her and once again charges her with…

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Scene 1
Enter Iago and Roderigo.

IAGO 
 Here, stand behind this bulk. Straight will he
 come.
 Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home.
 Quick, quick! Fear nothing. I’ll be at thy elbow.
5 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.
IAGO 
 Here, at thy hand. Be bold and take thy stand.
He moves aside.
RODERIGO 
 I have no great devotion to the deed,
10 And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons.
 ’Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword! He dies.
He draws his sword.
IAGO, aside 
 I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense,
 And he grows angry. Now, whether he kill Cassio,
 Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,
15 Every way makes my gain. Live Roderigo,
 He calls me to a restitution large
 Of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him
223

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 As gifts to Desdemona.
 It must not be. If Cassio do remain,
20 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.
 No, he must die. Be ’t so. I hear him coming.

Enter Cassio.

RODERIGO 
 I know his gait. ’Tis he!—Villain, thou diest!
He thrusts at Cassio.
CASSIO 
25 That thrust had been mine enemy indeed
 But that my coat is better than thou know’st.
 I will make proof of thine.
He draws, and stabs Roderigo.
RODERIGO  O, I am slain!
Roderigo falls.
Iago stabs Cassio in the leg, and exits.
CASSIO 
 I am maimed forever! Help, ho! Murder, murder!

Enter Othello.

OTHELLO 
30 The voice of Cassio! Iago keeps his word.
RODERIGO O, villain that I am!
OTHELLO, aside It is even so.
CASSIO O, help ho! Light! A surgeon!
OTHELLO, aside 
 ’Tis he! O brave Iago, honest and just,
35 That hast such noble sense of thy friend’s wrong!
 Thou teachest me.—Minion, your dear lies dead,
 And your unblest fate hies. Strumpet, I come.
 Forth of my heart those charms, thine eyes, are
 blotted.

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40 Thy bed, lust-stained, shall with lust’s blood be
 spotted.Othello exits.

Enter Lodovico and Gratiano.

CASSIO 
 What ho! No watch? No passage? Murder, murder!
GRATIANO 
 ’Tis some mischance. The voice is very direful.
CASSIO O, help!
LODOVICO 45Hark!
RODERIGO O wretched villain!
LODOVICO 
 Two or three groan. ’Tis heavy night.
 These may be counterfeits. Let’s think ’t unsafe
 To come in to the cry without more help.
RODERIGO 
50 Nobody come? Then shall I bleed to death.

Enter Iago with a light.

LODOVICO Hark!
GRATIANO 
 Here’s one comes in his shirt, with light and
 weapons.
IAGO 
 Who’s there? Whose noise is this that cries on
55 murder?
LODOVICO 
 We do not know.
IAGO  Did not you hear a cry?
CASSIO 
 Here, here! For heaven’s sake, help me!
IAGO  What’s the matter?
GRATIANO, to Lodovico 
60 This is Othello’s ancient, as I take it.
LODOVICO 
 The same indeed, a very valiant fellow.
IAGO, to Cassio 
 What are you here that cry so grievously?

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CASSIO 
 Iago? O, I am spoiled, undone by villains.
 Give me some help!
IAGO 
65 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!
 To Lodovico and Gratiano. What are you there?
70 Come in, and give some help.
RODERIGO O, help me here!
CASSIO 
 That’s one of them.
IAGO, to Roderigo  O murd’rous slave! O villain!
He stabs Roderigo.
RODERIGO 
 O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!
IAGO 
75 Kill men i’ th’ dark?—Where be these bloody
 thieves?
 How silent is this town! Ho, murder, murder!—
 What may you be? Are you of good or evil?
LODOVICO 
 As you shall prove us, praise us.
IAGO 80 Signior Lodovico?
LODOVICO He, sir.
IAGO 
 I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains.
GRATIANO Cassio?
IAGO 
 How is ’t, brother?
CASSIO 85 My leg is cut in two.
IAGO Marry, heaven forbid!
 Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt.

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Enter Bianca.

BIANCA 
 What is the matter, ho? Who is ’t that cried?
IAGO 
 Who is ’t that cried?
BIANCA 90 O, my dear Cassio,
 My sweet Cassio! O Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!
IAGO 
 O notable strumpet! Cassio, may you suspect
 Who they should be that have thus mangled you?
CASSIO No.
GRATIANO 
95 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!]
BIANCA 
 Alas, he faints. O, Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!
IAGO 
 Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trash
100 To be a party in this injury.—
 Patience awhile, good Cassio.—Come, come;
 Lend me a light. Peering at Roderigo. Know we this
 face or no?
 Alas, my friend and my dear countryman
105 Roderigo? No! Yes, sure. O heaven, Roderigo!
GRATIANO What, of Venice?
IAGO Even he, sir. Did you know him?
GRATIANO Know him? Ay.
IAGO 
 Signior Gratiano? I cry your gentle pardon.
110 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!

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GRATIANO Roderigo?
IAGO 
115 He, he, ’tis he! A chair is brought in. O, that’s well
 said; the chair.—
 Some good man bear him carefully from hence.
 I’ll fetch the General’s surgeon.— For you, mistress,
 Save you your labor.—He that lies slain here,
120 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, in the chair, and Roderigo are carried off.
 To Gratiano and Lodovico. Stay you, good
125 gentlemen.—Look you pale, mistress?—
 Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?—
 Nay, if you stare, we shall hear more anon.—
 Behold her well. I pray you, look upon her.
 Do you see, gentlemen? Nay, guiltiness will speak
130 Though tongues were out of use.

Enter Emilia.

EMILIA 
 Alas, what is the matter? What is the matter,
 husband?
IAGO 
 Cassio hath here been set on in the dark
 By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped.
135 He’s almost slain, and Roderigo dead.
EMILIA 
 Alas, good gentleman! Alas, good Cassio!
IAGO 
 This is the fruits of whoring. Prithee, Emilia,
 Go know of Cassio where he supped tonight.
 To Bianca. What, do you shake at that?

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BIANCA 
140 He supped at my house, but I therefore shake not.
IAGO 
 O, did he so? I charge you go with me.
EMILIA O fie upon thee, strumpet!
BIANCA 
 I am no strumpet, but of life as honest
 As you that thus abuse me.
EMILIA 145As I? Faugh! Fie upon thee!
IAGO 
 Kind gentlemen, let’s go see poor Cassio dressed.—
 Come, mistress, you must tell ’s another tale.—
 Emilia, run you to the citadel
 And tell my lord and lady what hath happed.—
150 Will you go on afore? Aside. This is the night
 That either makes me or fordoes me quite.
They exit in different directions.