Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

page Act 3 Scene 3 Page 13

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DESDEMONA

  How now, my dear Othello?
285Your dinner, and the generous islanders
By you invited, do attend your presence.

DESDEMONA

What’s going on, Othello, darling? The nobles of Cyprus whom you invited to dinner are waiting for you.

OTHELLO

I am to blame.

OTHELLO

I’m sorry.

DESDEMONA

Why do you speak so faintly?
Are you not well?

DESDEMONA

Why are you whispering? Are you sick?

OTHELLO

290I have a pain upon my forehead, here.

OTHELLO

DESDEMONA

Why that’s with watching, ’twill away again.
Let me but bind it hard, within this hour
It will be well. (pulls out a handkerchief)

DESDEMONA

That’s from lack of sleep. It’ll go away. Let me wrap up your head, and it will feel okay in less than an hour. (she pulls out a handkerchief)

OTHELLO

Your napkin is too little,
295Let it alone.

OTHELLO

No, your handkerchief’s too little. Leave my head alone.
Her handkerchief drops
The handkerchief falls to the floor.
Come, I’ll go in with you.
Come on, I’ll escort you to dinner.

DESDEMONA

I am very sorry that you are not well.

DESDEMONA

I’m very sorry you’re not feeling well.
Exeunt OTHELLO and DESDEMONA
OTHELLO and DESDEMONA exit.

EMILIA

(picks up the handkercheif)
I am glad I have found this napkin,
300This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
My wayward husband hath a hundred times

EMILIA

(picking up the handkerchief) I’m glad I found this handkerchief. It’s the first keepsake the Moor gave her. My stubborn husband has asked me to steal it a