Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Thou teachest me. Minion, your dear lies dead,
35And your unblest fate hies. Strumpet, I come.
For, of my heart, those charms, thine eyes, are blotted.
Thy bed, lust-stained, shall with lust’s blood be spotted.
Whore, your lover’s dead now, and you’ll be going to hell soon. I’m coming, slut! I’ve shut the memory of your beautiful eyes out of my heart. You’ve already stained our sheets with your lust; now I’ll stain them with your whore’s blood.
Exit
OTHELLO exits.
Enter LODOVICO and GRATIANO
LODOVICO and GRATIANO enter.
CASSIO
What, ho! No watch? No passage? Murder! Murder!
CASSIO
Help! Isn’t there a guard around? No one passing by? Murder! Murder!
GRATIANO
'Tis some mischance, the cry is very direful.
GRATIANO
Something’s wrong, the man sounds panicked.
CASSIO
40Oh, help!
CASSIO
Oh, help!
LODOVICO
Hark!
LODOVICO
Listen!
RODERIGO
Oh, wretched villain!
RODERIGO
I’ve acted like such a villain!
LODOVICO
Two or three groan. 'Tis heavy night,
These may be counterfeits. Let’s think ’t unsafe
45To come in to the cry without more help.
LODOVICO
Two or three men are groaning. But it’s dark out, and it could be a trap. It’s not safe to go near them till we get more help.
RODERIGO
Nobody come? Then shall I bleed to death.
RODERIGO
Nobody’s coming? I’ll bleed to death.
LODOVICO
Hark!
LODOVICO
Look!
Enter IAGO
IAGO enters.
GRATIANO
Here’s one comes in his shirt, with light and weapons.
GRATIANO
Here’s someone coming in his pajamas, with a candle and weapons.
IAGO
Who’s there? Whose noise is this that ones on murder?
IAGO
Who’s there? Who’s shouting “murder”?