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
A trumpet sounds offstage.