Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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THIRD GENTLEMAN
News, lads, Our wars are done!
The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks,
That their designment halts. A noble ship of Venice
Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance
25On most part of their fleet.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
I’ve got news, boys, the war’s over! This terrible storm has smashed the Turks so badly that their plans are ruined. One of our ships has reported that it saw most of their fleet shipwrecked.
MONTANO
How? Is this true?
MONTANO
What? Is this true?
THIRD GENTLEMAN
    The ship is here put in,
A Veronesa. Michael Cassio,
Lieutenant to the warlike Moor Othello,
Is come on shore. The Moor himself at sea
30And is in full commission here for Cyprus.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
The ship’s sailing into harbor now; it’s from Verona. Michael Cassio, lieutenant of the Moor Othello, has arrived on shore. The Moor himself is still at sea. He’s been commissioned to come here to Cyprus.
MONTANO
I am glad on ’t. 'Tis a worthy governor.
MONTANO
I’m happy about that. He’ll be a good governor.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
But this same Cassio, though he speak of comfort
Touching the Turkish loss, yet he looks sadly
And prays the Moor be safe. For they were parted
35With foul and violent tempest.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
Cassio brings good news about the Turkish defeat, but he’s worried about the Othello’s safety. The two of them were separated during the storm.
MONTANO
     Pray heavens he be,
For I have served him, and the man commands
Like a full soldier. Let’s to the seaside, ho!
As well to see the vessel that’s come in
As to throw out our eyes for brave Othello,
40Even till we make the main and th' aerial blue
An indistinct regard.
MONTANO
I hope to God Othello’s all right. I served under him, and I know what an excellent commander he is. Let’s go to the shore to get a look at the ship that came in, and to look out for Othello’s ship. We’ll stare out at the sea until the sea and the sky blur together.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
    Come, let’s do so.
For every minute is expectancy
Of more arrivance.
THIRD GENTLEMAN
Let’s do that. Every minute we expect more ships to arrive.
Enter CASSIO
CASSIO enters.