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.