Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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BRABANTIO

What is the reason of this terrible summons?
85What is the matter there?

BRABANTIO

What’s the reason for this horrible shouting? What’s the matter?

RODERIGO

Signior, is all your family within?

RODERIGO

Sir, is everyone in your family at home?

IAGO

Are your doors locked?

IAGO

Are your doors locked?

BRABANTIO

    Why, wherefore ask you this?

BRABANTIO

Why are you asking me that?

IAGO

Zounds, sir, you’re robbed! For shame, put on your gown.
Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul.
90Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise,
Awake the snorting citizens with the bell
Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.
Arise, I say!

IAGO

For God’s sake, sir, you’ve been robbed. Get dressed. Your heart’s going to break. It’s like half your soul’s been ripped out. At this very minute an old black ram is having sex with your little white lamb. Wake up, wake up, ring a bell and wake up all the snoring citizens. If you wait too long you’ll have black grandchildren. Get up, I tell you!

BRABANTIO

    What, have you lost your wits?

BRABANTIO

Are you crazy?

RODERIGO

95Most reverend signior, do you know my voice?

RODERIGO

Do you recognize my voice, noble lord?

BRABANTIO

Not I. What are you?

BRABANTIO

Not me. Who are you?

RODERIGO

My name is Roderigo.

RODERIGO

My name’s Roderigo.

BRABANTIO

The worser welcome.
I have charged thee not to haunt about my doors.
100In honest plainness thou hast heard me say
My daughter is not for thee. And now in madness,
Being full of supper and distempering drafts,
Upon malicious knavery dost thou come
To start my quiet?

BRABANTIO

I told you not to hang around my house. I’ve already told you quite plainly that my daughter will never marry you. Now you come here drunk to make trouble and startle me out of a sound sleep?

RODERIGO

105Sir, sir, sir—

RODERIGO

Sir, sir, sir—