Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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CASSIO

Zounds! You rogue! You rascal!

CASSIO

Damn you, you villain, you rascal!

MONTANO

What’s the matter, lieutenant?

MONTANO

What’s the matter, lieutenant?

CASSIO

A knave teach me my duty?
110I’ll beat the knave into a twiggen bottle.

CASSIO

To think that fool had the nerve to try to teach me manners! I’ll beat him until the welts look like basket-weave!

RODERIGO

Beat me?

RODERIGO

You’ll beat me?

CASSIO

Dost thou prate, rogue? (strikes him)

CASSIO

Are you talking, you villain?(he hits RODERIGO)

MONTANO

Nay, good lieutenant! I pray you, sir, hold your hand. (stays him)

MONTANO

No, don’t hit him, lieutenant! Please, sir, restrain yourself. (he restrains CASSIO)

CASSIO

Let me go, sir, or I’ll knock you o'er the mazzard.

CASSIO

Let me go, or I’ll knock you on the head.

MONTANO

115Come, come, you’re drunk.

MONTANO

Come on, you’re drunk.

CASSIO

Drunk?

CASSIO

Drunk?
They fight
MONTANO and CASSIO fight.

IAGO

(aside to RODERIGO)
Away, I say, go out, and cry a mutiny.—

IAGO

(speaking so that only RODERIGO can hear) Go tell everyone there’s a riot.—
Exit RODERIGO
RODERIGO exits.
Nay, good lieutenant! Alas, gentlemen—
120Help, ho!— Lieutenant—sir, Montano—
Help, masters!—Here’s a goodly watch indeed!
No, lieutenant—God, gentlemen—Help—Lieutenant—sir, Montano—Help, men!—The night guard is coming!
Bell rings
Someone rings a bell.