Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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OTHELLO

    Amen to that, sweet powers!
I cannot speak enough of this content.
It stops me here, it is too much of joy.
And this, and this, the greatest discords be (kissing her)
That e'er our hearts shall make!

OTHELLO

Amen to that! I can’t talk about my happiness anymore. It’s too much. I hope these kisses I’m about to give you are the closest we ever come to fighting.(they kiss)

IAGO

185 (aside)
    Oh, you are well tuned now,
But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music,
As honest as I am.

IAGO

(to himself) Oh, you’re happy now, but I’ll ruin your happiness, for all my supposed honesty.

OTHELLO

    Come, let us to the castle.
News, friends! Our wars are done, the Turks are drowned.
How does my old acquaintance of this isle?—
190Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus,
I have found great love amongst them. O my sweet,
I prattle out of fashion, and I dote
In mine own comforts.—I prithee, good Iago,
Go to the bay and disembark my coffers.
195Bring thou the master to the citadel.
He is a good one, and his worthiness
Does challenge much respect.—Come, Desdemona,
Once more, well met at Cyprus.

OTHELLO

Let’s go up to the castle. Good news, friends. The war’s over and the Turks are drowned. How are my old friends from this island doing?—Honey, they’ll love you here in Cyprus. They’ve been very good to me here. Oh, my dear, I’m blabbing on and on because I’m so happy.—Iago, would you be good enough to go get my trunks from the ships? And bring the ship’s captain to the castle. He’s a good man.—Let’s go, Desdemona. I’ll say it again: I’m so happy to see you here in Cyprus!
Exeunt OTHELLO, DESDEMONA, and attendants
OTHELLO, DESDEMONA, and attendants exit.

IAGO

Do thou meet me presently at the harbor.—Come hither. If thou be’st valiant, as they say base men being in love have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them, list me. The lieutenant tonight watches on the court of guard. First, I must tell thee this: Desdemona is directly in love with him.

IAGO

Meet me down at the harbor.—Come here. They say love makes cowards brave. So if you’re brave, listen to me. Lieutenant Cassio will be on guard duty tonight. But first, I have to tell you that Desdemona’s completely in love with him.