Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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DESDEMONA

Alas, he is betrayed and I undone.

DESDEMONA

Oh, he’s been betrayed, and I’ve been ruined.

OTHELLO

Out, strumpet! weep’st thou for him to my face?

OTHELLO

What, you whore, are you crying for him right in front of me?

DESDEMONA

Oh, banish me, my lord, but kill me not!

DESDEMONA

Send me away, my lord, but don’t kill me!

OTHELLO

Down, strumpet!

OTHELLO

DESDEMONA

90Kill me tomorrow—let me live tonight!

DESDEMONA

Kill me tomorrow—but let me live tonight.

OTHELLO

Nay, if you strive—

OTHELLO

No, if you struggle with me—

DESDEMONA

But half an hour!

DESDEMONA

Just half an hour!

OTHELLO

Being done, there is no pause.

OTHELLO

While I’m doing this, I can’t pause for a moment.

DESDEMONA

But while I say one prayer!

DESDEMONA

Just let me say one prayer!

OTHELLO

95It is too late. (he smothers her)

OTHELLO

It’s too late. (he smothers her)

EMILIA

(within) My lord , my lord! What, ho! My lord, my lord!

EMILIA

(offstage) My lord, my lord! Hello! My lord, my lord!

OTHELLO

What noise is this?—Not dead? Not yet quite dead?
I that am cruel am yet merciful,
I would not have thee linger in thy pain.
100So, so.

OTHELLO

What’s that noise? Aren’t you dead yet? I know I’m cruel, but I’m merciful too. I don’t want you to linger in pain.

EMILIA

(within) What, ho! My lord, my lord!

EMILIA

(offstage) Hello! My lord, my lord!

OTHELLO

      Who’s there?

OTHELLO

Who’s there?

EMILIA

(within) O good my lord, I would speak a word with you!

EMILIA

(offstage) Oh my lord, I need to speak to you!