Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter OTHELLO, LODOVICO, DESDEMONA, EMILIA and attendants
OTHELLO, LODOVICO, DESDEMONA and EMILIA enter, with attendants.

LODOVICO

I do beseech you, sir, trouble yourself no further.

LODOVICO

Please, sir, don’t trouble yourself.

OTHELLO

Oh, pardon me, ’twill do me good to walk.

OTHELLO

I beg your pardon; walking will make me feel better.

LODOVICO

Madam, good night. I humbly thank your ladyship.

LODOVICO

Good night, madam. Thank you.

DESDEMONA

Your honor is most welcome.

DESDEMONA

You’re most welcome.

OTHELLO

5Will you walk, sir?—O Desdemona—

OTHELLO

Would you walk out with me, sir?—Oh, Desdemona—

DESDEMONA

My lord?

DESDEMONA

Yes, my lord?

OTHELLO

Get you to bed on th' instant, I will be returned
Forthwith. Dismiss your attendant there, look ’t be done.

OTHELLO

Go to bed right this minute. I’ll be there shortly. Send your maid Emilia away. Make sure you do what I say.

DESDEMONA

I will, my lord.

DESDEMONA

I will, my lord.
Exeunt OTHELLO, LODOVICO, and attendants
    OTHELLO, LODOVICO, and attendants exit.

EMILIA

10How goes it now? He looks gentler than he did.

EMILIA

How are things now? He looks calmer than he did before.

DESDEMONA

He says he will return incontinent,
And hath commanded me to go to bed
And bid me to dismiss you.

DESDEMONA

He says he’ll come back right away. He asked me to go to bed and to send you away.

EMILIA

    Dismiss me?

EMILIA

Send me away?

DESDEMONA

It was his bidding. Therefore, good Emilia,
15Give me my nightly wearing, and adieu.
We must not now displease him.

DESDEMONA

That’s what he said. So give me my nightgown, Emilia, and I’ll say goodnight. We shouldn’t displease him.