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OTHELLO

    I am not valiant neither,
But ever puny whipster gets my sword.
But why should honor outlive honesty?
260Let it go all.

OTHELLO

I’m not that strong, if a puny nobody can grab my sword. But why should my reputation for honor last longer than my honor did? Let it all go.

EMILIA

  What did thy song bode, lady?
Hark, canst thou hear me? I will play the swan.
And die in music.
(singing)  Willow, willow, willow
Moor, she was chaste, she loved thee, cruel Moor.
So come my soul to bliss, as I speak true.
265So speaking as I think, alas, I die.

EMILIA

What did your song mean, lady? Can you hear me? I’ll die like a swan. They sing when they die.
(singing) Willow, willow, willow.—
Moor, she never cheated on you. She loved you, you cruel man. I swear on my soul I’m telling the truth, and as I say this, I die.
Dies
EMILIA dies.

OTHELLO

I have another weapon in this chamber,
It was a sword of Spain, the ice-brook’s temper.
Oh, here it is. Uncle, I must come forth.

OTHELLO

I’ve got another weapon in the room. It’s a Spanish sword, hardened in ice cold water and razor sharp. Here it is. Uncle, I’m coming out!

GRATIANO

(within) If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.
270Thou hast no weapon, and perforce must suffer.

GRATIANO

(offstage) If you try that, you’ll pay for it. You’ve got no weapon, so you’ll have to suffer.

OTHELLO

Look in upon me then and speak with me,
Or, naked as I am, I will assault thee.

OTHELLO

Look in on me, and talk with me, or I’ll attack even without a weapon.
Enter GRATIANO
GRATIANO enters.

GRATIANO

What is the matter?

GRATIANO

What’s the matter?

OTHELLO

    Behold, I have a weapon.
A better never did itself sustain
275Upon a soldier’s thigh. I have seen the day

OTHELLO

Look, I have a weapon, the best sword a soldier could have. I’ve fought my way through obstacles twenty times more terrifying than you with this weapon. But