Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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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?