Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter OTHELLO, DESDEMONA, CASSIO, and attendants
OTHELLO, DESDEMONA, CASSIO and attendants enter.

OTHELLO

Good Michael, look you to the guard tonight.
Let’s teach ourselves that honorable stop
Not to outsport discretion.

OTHELLO

Good Michael, keep a careful eye on the guards tonight. Let’s exercise restraint and not let the party get too wild.

CASSIO

Iago hath direction what to do,
5But notwithstanding with my personal eye
Will I look to ’t.

CASSIO

Iago has orders what to do. But I’ll see to it personally anyway.

OTHELLO

    Iago is most honest.
Michael, good night. Tomorrow with your earliest
Let me have speech with you.—
Come, my dear love,
10The purchase made, the fruits are to ensue:
That profit’s yet to come ’tween me and you.
Good night.

OTHELLO

Iago’s a good man. Goodnight, Michael. Come talk to me tomorrow as early as you can.—Come with me, my dear love. Now that the wedding’s over, we can have the pleasure of consummating our marriage. Good night, everyone.
Exeunt OTHELLO, DESDEMONA, and attendants
OTHELLO and DESDEMONA exit with their attendants.
Enter IAGO
IAGO enters.

CASSIO

Welcome, Iago. We must to the watch.

CASSIO

Hello, Iago. It’s time for us to stand guard.

IAGO

Not this hour, lieutenant, ’tis not yet ten o' the clock. Our general cast us thus early for the love of his Desdemona—who let us not therefore blame. He hath not yet made wanton the night with her, and she is sport for Jove.

IAGO

Not yet, lieutenant. It’s not even ten o'clock. The general got rid of us early tonight so he could be with Desdemona.—I can’t blame him. He hasn’t spent the night with her yet, and she’s beautiful enough to be

Jove’s

Jove is the head of the gods in Roman mythology.

Jove’s
lover.

CASSIO

15She’s a most exquisite lady.

CASSIO

She’s an exquisitely beautiful lady.

IAGO

And, I’ll warrant her, full of game.

IAGO

And I bet she’s good in bed too.