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!