Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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DESDEMONA
25Will you come to bed, my lord?
DESDEMONA
Will you come to bed, my lord?
OTHELLO
Have you prayed tonight, Desdemon?
OTHELLO
Have you said your prayers tonight, Desdemona?
DESDEMONA
Ay, my lord.
DESDEMONA
Yes, my lord.
OTHELLO
If you bethink yourself of any crime
Unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace,
30Solicit for it straight.
OTHELLO
If you can think of any crime you haven’t confessed, then pray for forgiveness right away.
DESDEMONA
Alack, my lord, what do you mean by that?
DESDEMONA
Oh, my lord, what do you mean by that?
OTHELLO
Well, do it, and be brief. I will walk by.
I would not kill thy unpreparèd spirit.
No, heavens forfend, I would not kill thy soul!
OTHELLO
Well, hurry up and confess. Be quick about it. I’ll wait over here. I don’t want to kill you before you’ve readied your soul. No, I don’t want to send your soul to hell when I kill you.
DESDEMONA
35Talk you of killing?
DESDEMONA
You’re talking about killing?
OTHELLO
  Ay, I do.
OTHELLO
Yes, I am.
DESDEMONA
    Then heaven
Have mercy on me!
DESDEMONA
Then heaven have mercy on me.
OTHELLO
Amen, with all my heart.
OTHELLO
Amen to that, from the bottom of my heart.
DESDEMONA
If you say, I hope you will not kill me.
DESDEMONA
If you really feel that way, then I hope you won’t kill me.
OTHELLO
Humh!
OTHELLO
Hmmph!
DESDEMONA
40And yet I fear you, for you’re fatal then
When your eyes roll so. Why I should fear I know not,
Since guiltiness I know not. But yet I feel I fear.
DESDEMONA
You’re scaring me. You terrify me when you have that look in your eyes. I don’t know why I should be afraid, since I haven’t done anything wrong. But I’m still afraid.
OTHELLO
Think on thy sins.
OTHELLO
Think of your sins.