Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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OTHELLO

Oh, a thousand thousand times—and then of so gentle a condition!

OTHELLO

Oh, a thousand times worse, a thousand times—and what a sweet personality she has!

IAGO

Ay, too gentle.

IAGO

Yes, a little too sweet.

OTHELLO

150Nay, that’s certain. But yet the pity of it, Iago! O Iago, the pity of it, Iago!

OTHELLO

Yes, that’s for sure. Oh, it’s dreadful, dreadful, Iago!

IAGO

If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her patent to offend, for if it touch not you it comes near nobody.

IAGO

If you still feel so affectionate toward her, then why not give her permission to cheat on you? If it doesn’t bother you, it won’t bother anyone else.

OTHELLO

I will chop her into messes! Cuckold me?

OTHELLO

I’ll chop her into pieces. How could she cheat on me?

IAGO

Oh, ’tis foul in her.

IAGO

Oh, it’s horrible of her.

OTHELLO

With mine officer!

OTHELLO

And with my own officer!

IAGO

155That’s fouler.

IAGO

That’s worse.

OTHELLO

Get me some poison, Iago, this night. I’ll not expostulate with her, lest her body and beauty unprovide my mind again—This night, Iago!

OTHELLO

Get me some poison tonight, Iago. I won’t argue with her, so her beautiful body won’t disarm me.—Tonight, Iago.

IAGO

Do it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated.

IAGO

Don’t do it with poison. Strangle her in her bed, the same bed she’s contaminated.

OTHELLO

Good, good, the justice of it pleases! Very good!

OTHELLO

Good, good, I like that—it’s only fair! Very good!

IAGO

And for Cassio, let me be his undertaker. You shall hear more by midnight.

IAGO

And let me kill Cassio. You’ll hear more from me by midnight.

OTHELLO

160Excellent good.

OTHELLO

Excellent, good.
A trumpet within
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