Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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OTHELLO

  Bid her come hither. Go.

OTHELLO

Tell her to come here. Go.
Exit EMILIA
EMILIA exits.
She says enough, yet she’s a simple bawd
That cannot say as much. This is a subtle whore,
A closet, lock and key, of villainous secrets.
And yet she’ll kneel and pray, I have seen her do ’t.
She says all the right things, but the dumbest brothel-keeper would tell the same story. Desdemona’s a tricky whore with a closet full of awful secrets, but still she’ll kneel and pray like an honest woman. I’ve seen her do it.
Enter DESDEMONA with EMILIA
DESDEMONA and EMILIA enter.

DESDEMONA

25My lord, what is your will?

DESDEMONA

My lord, what do you want?

OTHELLO

Pray, chuck, come hither.

OTHELLO

Please, dear, come here.

DESDEMONA

What is your pleasure?

DESDEMONA

What can I do for you?

OTHELLO

  Let me see your eyes.
Look in my face.

OTHELLO

Let me see your eyes. Look at my face.

DESDEMONA

  What horrible fancy’s this?

DESDEMONA

What horrible thing are you imagining?

OTHELLO

(to EMILIA) Some of your function, mistress,
30Leave procreants alone and shut the door.
Cough or cry “hem” if any body come.
Your mystery, your mystery! Nay, dispatch!

OTHELLO

(to EMILIA) Go do what you do best, madam. Leave us alone for our hanky-panky, and shut the door behind you. If somebody comes, give a shout. That’s your

job

Othello implies that Emilia\’s job is to help men and women have illicit sex.

job
, your job. Go on, hurry!
Exit EMILIA
EMILIA exits.

DESDEMONA

Upon my knee, what doth your speech import?
I understand a fury in your words,
35But not the words.

DESDEMONA

I’m begging you on my knees to tell me what your words mean. I can tell you’re furious, but I don’t understand what you’re saying.

OTHELLO

  Why, what art thou?

OTHELLO

Why? Who are you?