Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
Yet for necessity of present life
155I must show out a flag and sign of love,
(Which is indeed but sign). That you shall surely find him,
Lead to the Sagittary the raisèd search,
And there will I be with him. So farewell.
and affection, even if it’s just an act. If you want to find him, send the search party to the Sagittarius Inn. He and I will be there.
Exit
IAGO exits.
Enter BRABANTIO, with servants and torches
BRABANTIO enters with servants and torches.

BRABANTIO

It is too true an evil. Gone she is.
160And what’s to come of my despisèd time
Is naught but bitterness. Now, Roderigo,
Where didst thou see her?—Oh, unhappy girl!—
With the Moor, say’st thou?—Who would be a father?—
How didst thou know ’twas she?—Oh, she deceives me
165Past thought!—What said she to you?—Get more tapers,
Raise all my kindred. Are they married, think you?

BRABANTIO

It’s true. She’s gone. The rest of my life will be nothing but bitterness. Now, Roderigo, where did you see her?—Oh, that miserable wretch!—You say you saw her with the Moor?—Oh, who would want to be a father?—How did you know it was her?—To think she tricked me so easily!—What did she say to you?—Get me more candles, and wake up all my relatives. Do you think they’re married?

RODERIGO

Truly, I think they are.

RODERIGO

Yes, I really think so.

BRABANTIO

Oh, heaven, how got she out? Oh, treason of the blood!
Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds
170By what you see them act. Is there not charms
By which the property of youth and maidhood
May be abused? Have you not read, Roderigo,
Of some such thing?

BRABANTIO

Oh, heaven, how did she get out? My own flesh and blood rebels against me! Fathers, never trust your daughters just because they act obedient and innocent. Are there magic spells that can lead young virgins astray? Have you ever heard of anything like that, Roderigo?

RODERIGO

    Yes, sir, I have indeed.

RODERIGO

Yes, sir, I have.

BRABANTIO

Call up my brother—Oh, would you had had her!
175Some one way, some another. Do you know
Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?

BRABANTIO

Call my brother.—Now I wish you’d married her!—Some of you go one way, some the other way.—Do you know where we can find her and the Moor?

RODERIGO

I think I can discover him, if you please
To get good guard and go along with me.

RODERIGO

I think I can find him. Get together a group of armed men and follow me.