Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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IAGO

60You, Roderigo! Come, sir, I am for you.

IAGO

You, Roderigo! Come on, I’ll fight you.

OTHELLO

Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.
Good signior, you shall more command with years
Than with your weapons.

OTHELLO

Put away your swords. They’ll get rusty in the dew. Sir, your age and status inspire more respect than your weapons do.

BRABANTIO

O thou foul thief, where hast thou stowed my daughter?
65Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her!
For I’ll refer me to all things of sense,
If she in chains of magic were not bound,
Whether a maid so tender, fair, and happy,
So opposite to marriage that she shunned
70The wealthy curlèd darlings of our nation,
Would ever have, t' incur a general mock,
Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom
Of such a thing as thou—to fear, not to delight.
Judge me the world if ’tis not gross in sense
75That thou hast practiced on her with foul charms,
Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals
That weakens motion. I’ll have ’t disputed on.
'Tis probable and palpable to thinking.
I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
80For an abuser of the world, a practicer
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant.—
Lay hold upon him. If he do resist,
Subdue him at his peril!

BRABANTIO

You evil thief, where have you hidden my daughter? You devil, you’ve put a spell on her! Anybody with eyes could tell you that a beautiful and happy young girl like her, who’s refused to marry all of the handsome young men of the city, wouldn’t run off with a black thing like you unless she’d been bewitched. You’re something to fear, not to love. It’s obvious to everyone that you’ve tricked her, drugged her, or kidnapped her. That’s probably what happened, so I’m arresting you.—Arrest this man as a practitioner of black magic. Grab him. If he struggles, use force!

OTHELLO

    Hold your hands,
Both you of my inclining and the rest.
85Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it
Without a prompter. Whither will you that I go
To answer this your charge?

OTHELLO

Just a minute. I don’t need anyone to tell me when to fight. You’ve accused me of some serious crimes. Where do you want me to go to respond to these charges?