Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

page Act 2 Scene 1 Page 3

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CASSIO

Thanks, you the valiant of this warlike isle
45That so approve the Moor. Oh, let the heavens
Give him defense against the elements,
For I have lost him on a dangerous sea.

CASSIO

Thanks, you brave men who defend this island and respect Othello. I hope heaven protects him from the weather, because I lost sight of him on the stormy sea.

MONTANO

Is he well shipped?

MONTANO

Is his ship sturdy?

CASSIO

His bark is stoutly timbered and his pilot
50Of very expert and approved allowance
Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death,
Stand in bold cure.

CASSIO

Yes, it’s well built, and the ship’s pilot is very expert and experienced. For that reason I still have some hope for him, even though I don’t have my hopes up too high.

A VOICE

(within) A sail, a sail, a sail!

A VOICE

(offstage) A sail! A sail! A sail!
Enter a MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.

CASSIO

What noise?

CASSIO

What’s all that shouting about?

MESSENGER

55The town is empty. On the brow o' th' sea
Stand ranks of people, and they cry “A sail!”

MESSENGER

Everybody in town is down at the shore shouting “A sail!”

CASSIO

My hopes do shape him for the governor.

CASSIO

I hope it’s Othello.
A shot
A shot is heard.

SECOND GENTLEMAN

They do discharge their shot of courtesy.
Our friends at least.

SECOND GENTLEMAN

They’ve fired a greeting shot, so at least it’s a friendly ship.

CASSIO

60I pray you sir, go forth
And give us truth who ’tis that is arrived.

CASSIO

Please go find out for certain who has arrived.

SECOND GENTLEMAN

I shall.

SECOND GENTLEMAN

I’ll do that.
Exit
SECOND GENTLEMAN exits.