Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Who’s that which rings the bell?—Diablo, ho!
The town will rise. Fie, Fie, lieutenant,
You’ll be ashamed for ever.
Who’s sounding that alarm? The whole town will riot! God, lieutenant, please stop! You’ll be ashamed of this forever!
Enter OTHELLO and attendants
OTHELLO enters with attendants.

OTHELLO

125What is the matter here?

OTHELLO

What is the matter here?

MONTANO

I bleed still,
I am hurt to the death. He dies!

MONTANO

My God, I’m bleeding! I’ve been mortally wounded. I’ll kill him!

OTHELLO

Hold, for your lives!

OTHELLO

Stop right now!

IAGO

Hold, ho! Lieutenant—sir, Montano—gentlemen,
130Have you forgot all place of sense and duty?
Hold! The general speaks to you. Hold, for shame!

IAGO

Stop! Lieutenant—sir, Montano—gentlemen! Have you forgotten your duty and your sense of decorum? Stop! The general is talking to you! Stop, for God’s sake!

OTHELLO

Why, how now, ho! From whence ariseth this?
Are we turned Turks? And to ourselves do that
Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites?
135For Christian shame, put by this barbarous brawl.
He that stirs next to carve for his own rage
Holds his soul light, he dies upon his motion.
Silence that dreadful bell, it frights the isle
From her propriety. What is the matter, masters?—
140Honest Iago, that looks dead with grieving,
Speak, who began this? On thy love, I charge thee.

OTHELLO

How did this all start? Have we all become as savage as the Turks, treating each other as badly as they would have treated us? For heaven’s sake, stop this savage brawl! The next man who swings his sword must not care about his life, because the instant he strikes, he dies. Stop that alarm from ringing, it’s scaring the islanders. What’s the matter here, gentlemen?—Honest Iago, you look upset. Speak up and tell me who started this. Answer me.

IAGO

I do not know. Friends all but now, even now,
In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom
Divesting them for bed. And then, but now,
145As if some planet had unwitted men,

IAGO

I don’t know. We were all having fun until just a minute ago; we were as happy as a bride and groom taking off their clothes. But then the mood suddenly changed. It was as if something had driven the men insane and made them point their swords at one another. I don’t