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.