Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter DUKE, SENATORS, and OFFICERS
The DUKE enters with SENATORS and OFFICERS.

DUKE

There’s no composition in this news
That gives them credit.

DUKE

These reports are inconsistent. You can’t trust them.

FIRST SENATOR

Indeed, they are disproportioned.
My letters say a hundred and seven galleys.

FIRST SENATOR

It’s true, they’re inconsistent. My letters say there are a hundred and seven ships.

DUKE

5And mine a hundred and forty.

DUKE

And mine say a hundred and forty.

SECOND SENATOR

    And mine, two hundred.
But though they jump not on a just account—
As in these cases, where the aim reports
'Tis oft with difference—yet do they all confirm
A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus.

SECOND SENATOR

And mine say two hundred. But often in these cases, reports are just estimates. The important thing is that they all say a Turkish fleet is approaching Cyprus.

DUKE

10Nay, it is possible enough to judgment.
I do not so secure me in the error,
But the main article I do approve
In fearful sense.

DUKE

Yes, we get the idea. The inconsistency doesn’t make me think that the reports are all wrong. I have no doubt about what they’re basically saying, and it’s frightening.

SAILOR

(within)
    What, ho, what, ho, what, ho!

SAILOR

(offstage) Hello! Hey, hello!

OFFICER

15A messenger from the galleys.

OFFICER

It’s a messenger from the warships.
Enter SAILOR
A SAILOR enters.

DUKE

Now, what’s the business?

DUKE

Why are you here?

SAILOR

The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes,
So was I bid report here to the state
By Signior Angelo.

SAILOR

Signor Angelo told me to come here and tell you that the Turkish fleet is heading for Rhodes, not Cyprus.