Enter OTHELLO and IAGO.
1 Will you think so?
1 Think so, Iago!
2 To kiss in private?
2 An unauthorized kiss.
3 Or to be naked with her friend in bed
4 An hour or more, not meaning any harm?
5 Naked in bed, Iago, and not mean harm!
6 It is hypocrisy against the devil:
7 They that mean virtuously, and yet do so,
8 The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt heaven.
9 So they do nothing, 'tis a venial slip;
10 But if I give my wife a handkerchief
11 What then?
12 Why, then, 'tis hers, my lord; and, being hers,
13 She may, I think, bestow't on any man.
14 She is protectress of her honor too:
15 May she give that?
16 Her honor is an essence that's not seen;
17 They have it very oft that have it not:
18 But, for the handkerchief
19 By heaven, I would most gladly have forgot it.
20 Thou said'st (O, it comes o'er my memory,
21 As doth the raven o'er the infected house,
22 Boding to all) he had my handkerchief.
23 Ay, what of that?
23 That's not so good now.
24 If I had said I had seen him do you wrong?
25 Or heard him say as knaves be such abroad,
26 Who having, by their own importunate suit,
27 Or voluntary dotage of some mistress,
28 Convinced or supplied them, cannot choose
29 But they must blab
29 Hath he said any thing?
30 He hath, my lord; but be you well assured,
31 No more than he'll unswear.
31 What hath he said?
32 Faith, that he didI know not what he did.
33 What? what?
34 With her?
34 With her, on her; what you will.
35 Lie with her! lie on her! We say lie on her, when
36 they belie her. Lie with her! that's fulsome.
38 confess, and be hanged for his labor;first, to be
39 hanged, and then to confess.I tremble at it.
40 Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing
41 passion without some instruction. It is not words
42 that shake me thus. Pish! Noses, ears, and lips.
43 Is't possible?Confesshandkerchief!O devil!
Falls in a trance.
44 Work on,
45 My medicine, work! Thus credulous fools are caught;
46 And many worthy and chaste dames even thus,
47 All guiltless, meet reproach. What, ho! my lord!
48 My lord, I say! Othello!
48 How now, Cassio!
49 What's the matter?
50 My lord is fall'n into an epilepsy.
51 This is his second fit; he had one yesterday.
52 Rub him about the temples.
52 No, forbear;
53 The lethargy must have his quiet course:
54 If not, he foams at mouth and by and by
55 Breaks out to savage madness. Look he stirs:
56 Do you withdraw yourself a little while,
57 He will recover straight: when he is gone,
58 I would on great occasion speak with you.
59 How is it, general? Have you not hurt your head?
60 Dost thou mock me?
60 I mock you not, by heaven.
61 Would you would bear your fortune like a man!
62 A horned man's a monster and a beast.
63 There's many a beast then in a populous city,
64 And many a civil monster.
65 Did he confess it?
65 Good sir, be a man;
66 Think every bearded fellow that's but yoked
67 May draw with you. There's millions now alive
68 That nightly lie in those unproper beds
69 Which they dare swear peculiar: your case is better.
70 O, 'tis the spite of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
71 To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
72 And to suppose her chaste! No, let me know;
73 And knowing what I am, I know what she shall be.
74 O, thou art wise; 'tis certain.
74 Stand you awhile apart;
75 Confine yourself but in a patient list.
76 Whilst you were here o'erwhelmed with your grief
77 A passion most unsuiting such a man
78 Cassio came hither: I shifted him away,
79 And laid good 'scuse upon your ecstasy,
80 Bade him anon return and here speak with me;
81 The which he promised. Do but encave yourself,
82 And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns,
83 That dwell in every region of his face,
84 For I will make him tell the tale anew:
85 Where, how, how oft, how long ago, and when
86 He hath, and is again to cope your wife.
87 I say, but mark his gesture. Marry, patience;
88 Or I shall say you are all in all in spleen,
89 And nothing of a man.
89 Dost thou hear, Iago?
90 I will be found most cunning in my patience;
91 Butdost thou hear?most bloody.
91 That's not amiss;
92 But yet keep time in all. Will you withdraw?
93 Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,
94 A huswife that by selling her desires
95 Buys herself bread and clothes: it is a creature
96 That dotes on Cassio; as 'tis the strumpet's plague
97 To beguile many and be beguiled by one:
98 He, when he hears of her, cannot refrain
99 From the excess of laughter. Here he comes:
100 As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad;
101 And his unbookish jealousy must construe
102 Poor Cassio's smiles, gestures and light behavior,
103 Quite in the wrong. How do you now, lieutenant?
104 The worser that you give me the addition
105 Whose want even kills me.
106 Ply Desdemona well, and you are sure on't.
107 Now, if this suit lay in Bianca's power,
108 How quickly should you speed!
108 Alas, poor caitiff!
109 Look, how he laughs already!
110 I never knew woman love man so.
111 Alas, poor rogue! I think, i' faith, she loves me.
112 Now he denies it faintly, and laughs it out.
113 Do you hear, Cassio?
113 Now he importunes him
114 To tell it o'er: go to; well said, well said.
115 She gives it out that you shall marry hey:
116 Do you intend it?
117 Ha, ha, ha!
118 Do you triumph, Roman? do you triumph?
119 I marry her! what? a customer! Prithee,
120 bear some charity to my wit: do not think
121 it so unwholesome. Ha, ha, ha!
122 So, so, so, so: they laugh that win.
123 Faith, the cry goes that you shall marry her.
124 Prithee, say true.
125 I am a very villain else.
126 Have you scor'd me? Well.
127 This is the monkey's own giving out. She is
128 persuaded I will marry her, out of her own
129 love and flattery, not out of my promise.
130 Iago beckons me; now he begins the
132 She was here even now; she haunts me in
133 every place. I was the other day talking on
134 the sea-bank with certain Venetians; and
135 thither comes the bauble, and, by this hand,
136 she falls me thus about my neck
137 Crying "O dear Cassio!" as it were: his gesture
138 imports it.
139 So hangs, and lolls, and weeps upon me; so hales,
140 and pulls me: ha, ha, ha!
141 Now he tells how she plucked him to my chamber.
142 O, I see that nose of yours, but not that dog I shall
143 throw it to.
144 Well, I must leave her company.
145 Before me! look, where she comes.
146 'Tis such another fitchew! marry, a perfumed one.
147 What do you mean by this haunting of me?
148 Let the devil and his dam haunt you! What did you
149 mean by that same handkerchief you gave me even
150 now? I was a fine fool to take it. I must take out the
151 work?A likely piece of work, that you should
152 find it in your chamber, and not know who left it
153 there! This is some minx's token, and I must take
154 out the work? There; give it your hobby-horse:
155 wheresoever you had it, I'll take out no work on't.
156 How now, my sweet Bianca! how now! how
158 By heaven, that should be my handkerchief!
159 An you'll come to supper tonight, you may;
160 an you will not, come when you are next
161 prepared for.
162 After her, after her.
163 Faith, I must; she'll rail in the street else.
164 Will you sup there?
165 Faith, I intend so.
166 Well, I may chance to see you; for I would
167 very fain speak with you.
168 Prithee, come; will you?
169 Go to; say no more.
170 How shall I murder him, Iago?
171 Did you perceive how he laughed at his vice?
172 O Iago!
173 And did you see the handkerchief?
174 Was that mine?
175 Yours by this hand: and to see how he prizes the
176 foolish woman your wife! she gave it him, and he
177 hath given it his whore.
178 I would have him nine years a-killing.
179 A fine woman! a fair woman! a sweet woman!
180 Nay, you must forget that.
181 Ay, let her rot, and perish, and be damned tonight;
182 for she shall not live: no, my heart is turned to
183 stone; I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, the
184 world hath not a sweeter creature! she might lie by
185 an emperor's side and command him tasks.
186 Nay, that's not your way.
187 Hang her! I do but say what she is. So delicate
188 with her needle: an admirable musician! O, she
189 will sing the savageness out of a bear. Of so high
190 and plenteous wit and invention!
191 She's the worse for all this.
192 O, a thousand thousand times: and then, of so
193 gentle a condition!
194 Ay, too gentle.
195 Nay, that's certain. But yet the pity of it, Iago!
196 O Iago, the pity of it, Iago!
197 If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her
198 patent to offend; for, if it touch not you, it comes
199 near nobody.
200 I will chop her into messes. Cuckold me!
201 O, 'tis foul in her.
202 With mine officer!
203 That's fouler.
204 Get me some poison, Iago; this night. I'll not
205 expostulate with her, lest her body and beauty
206 unprovide my mind again. This night, Iago.
207 Do it not with poison, strangle her in her bed,
208 even the bed she hath contaminated.
209 Good, good: the justice of it pleases: very
211 And for Cassio, let me be his undertaker: you
212 shall hear more by midnight.
213 Excellent good.
[A trumpet within.]
213 What trumpet is that same?
214 I warrant something from Venice.
Enter LODOVICO, DESDEMONA,
214 'Tis Lodovico
215 This comes from the Duke. See, your wife's with him.
216 God save you, worthy general!
216 With all my heart, sir.
217 The duke and senators of Venice greet you.
[Gives him a letter.]
218 I kiss the instrument of their pleasures.
[Opens the letter, and reads.]
219 And what's the news, good cousin Lodovico?
220 I am very glad to see you, signior
221 Welcome to Cyprus.
222 I thank you. How does Lieutenant Cassio?
223 Lives, sir.
224 Cousin, there's fall'n between him and my lord
225 An unkind breach; but you shall make all well.
226 Are you sure of that?
227 My lord?
228 "This fail you not to do, as you
230 He did not call; he's busy in the paper.
231 Is there division 'twixt my lord and Cassio?
232 A most unhappy one. I would do much
233 To atone them, for the love I bear to Cassio.
234 Fire and brimstone!
234 My lord?
234 Are you wise?
235 What, is he angry?
235 May be the letter moved him;
236 For, as I think, they do command him home,
237 Deputing Cassio in his government.
238 By my troth, I am glad on't.
238 My lord?
239 I am glad to see you mad.
239 Why, sweet Othello,
OTHELLO [Striking her.]
241 I have not deserved this.
242 My lord, this would not be believed in Venice,
243 Though I should swear I saw't: 'tis very much:
244 Make her amends; she weeps.
244 O devil, devil!
245 If that the earth could teem with woman's tears,
246 Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.
247 Out of my sight!
247 I will not stay to offend you.
248 Truly, an obedient lady:
249 I do beseech your lordship, call her back.
250 My lord?
250 What would you with her, sir?
251 Who, I, my lord?
252 Ay; you did wish that I would make her turn:
253 Sir, she can turn, and turn, and yet go on,
254 And turn again; and she can weep, sir, weep;
255 And she's obedient, as you say, obedient,
256 Very obedient. Proceed you in your tears.
257 Concerning this, sir,O well-painted passion!
258 I am commanded home. Get you away;
259 I'll send for you anon. Sir, I obey the mandate,
260 And will return to Venice. Hence, avaunt!
261 Cassio shall have my place. And, sir, tonight,
262 I do entreat that we may sup together:
263 You are welcome, sir, to Cyprus.Goats and monkeys!
264 Is this the noble Moor whom our full senate
265 Call all in all sufficient? Is this the nature
266 Whom passion could not shake? whose solid virtue
267 The shot of accident, nor dart of chance,
268 Could neither graze nor pierce?
268 He is much changed.
269 Are his wits safe? is he not light of brain?
270 He's that he is; I may not breathe my censure
271 What he might be. If what he might he is not,
272 I would to heaven he were!
272 What, strike his wife!
273 'Faith, that was not so well; yet would I knew
274 That stroke would prove the worst!
274 Is it his use?
275 Or did the letters work upon his blood,
276 And new-create this fault?
276 Alas, alas!
277 It is not honesty in me to speak
278 What I have seen and known. You shall observe him,
279 And his own courses will denote him so
280 That I may save my speech: do but go after,
281 And mark how he continues.
282 I am sorry that I am deceived in him.