Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter CASSIO
CASSIO enters.
RODERIGO
I know his gait, ’tis he.—Villain, thou diest!
RODERIGO
I know the sound of his walk.—Die, villain!
Thrusts at CASSIO
RODERIGO thrusts his sword at CASSIO.
CASSIO
That thrust had been mine enemy indeed
25But that my coat is better than thou know’st
I will make proof of thine.
CASSIO
That thrust might really have hurt me if I didn’t have this armor on under my cloak. Now let’s see what you’ve got on.
Draws, and wounds RODERIGO
CASSIOdraws his sword and stabs Roderigo.
RODERIGO
    Oh, I am slain!
RODERIGO
Oh, I’m dead!
IAGO from behind wounds CASSIO in the legs, exits
From behind, IAGO stabs CASSIO in the leg and then exits.
CASSIO
I am maimed for ever. Help, ho! Murder! Murder!
CASSIO
I’ll be crippled forever! Help! Murder! murder!
Enter OTHELLO
OTHELLO enters.
OTHELLO
The voice of Cassio. Iago keeps his word.
OTHELLO
That’s Cassio’s voice. Iago has kept his word.
RODERIGO
Oh, villain that I am!
RODERIGO
Oh, what a villain I am!
OTHELLO
30It is even so.
OTHELLO
That’s the truth.
CASSIO
Oh, help, ho! Light! A surgeon!
CASSIO
Help me! Get some light! Get me a surgeon!
OTHELLO
'Tis he. Oh, brave Iago, honest and just,
That hast such noble sense of thy friend’s wrong!
OTHELLO
It’s him! Brave Iago, how honest and trustworthy you are! You even went as far as murder to help your friend in his misfortune. You teach me how I should act.