Original Text

Modern Text

OTHELLO

  Roderigo killed? And Cassio killed!

OTHELLO

Roderigo’s been killed? And Cassio’s killed?

EMILIA

No, Cassio is not killed.

EMILIA

No, Cassio wasn’t killed.

OTHELLO

Not Cassio killed! Then murder’s out of tune,
And sweet revenge grows harsh.

OTHELLO

Cassio’s not dead? Then the wrong man is dead, and sweet revenge has gone wrong.

DESDEMONA

130Oh, falsely, falsely murdered!

DESDEMONA

Oh, I’ve been murdered unfairly!

EMILIA

Alas, what cry is that?

EMILIA

Oh Lord, who’s that crying?

OTHELLO

That? What?

OTHELLO

That? What?

EMILIA

Out and alas, that was my lady’s voice.

EMILIA

Oh, no, that was my lady’s voice.
Opens the bedcurtains
EMILIA opens the bedcurtains.
Help! Help, ho, help! O lady, speak again!
135Sweet Desdemona! O sweet mistress, speak!
Help! Help! Oh, lady, speak again.
Sweet Desdemona! Oh sweet mistress, speak!

DESDEMONA

A guiltless death I die.

DESDEMONA

I’m dying an innocent woman.

EMILIA

    Oh, who hath done this deed?

EMILIA

Oh, who did this thing?

DESDEMONA

Nobody. I myself. Farewell.
Commend me to my kind lord. Oh, farewell!

DESDEMONA

No one. I did it myself. Give my love to my kind husband. Oh, goodbye!
Dies
DESDEMONA dies.

OTHELLO

Why, how should she be murdered?

OTHELLO

Why, how could she have been murdered?

EMILIA

      Alas, who knows?

EMILIA

My God, who knows?

OTHELLO

140You heard her say herself it was not I.

OTHELLO

You heard her say it wasn’t me.