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”?