Act 1, Scene 2
Venice. Another street.
- Enter Othello, Iago, Attendants with torches.
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- Though in the trade of war I have slain men,
- Yet do I hold it very stuff o’ th’ conscience
- To do no contriv’d murder. I lack iniquity
- Sometime to do me service. Nine or ten times
- I had thought t’ have yerk’d him here under the ribs.
- ’Tis better as it is.
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- Nay, but he prated,
- And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms
- Against your honor,
- That with the little godliness I have
- I did full hard forbear him. But I pray you, sir,
- Are you fast married? Be assur’d of this,
- That the magnifico is much belov’d,
- And hath in his effect a voice potential
- As double as the Duke’s. He will divorce you,
- Or put upon you what restraint or grievance
- The law (with all his might to enforce it on)
- Will give him cable.
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- Let him do his spite;
- My services which I have done the signiory
- Shall out—tongue his complaints. ’Tis yet to know—
- Which, when I know that boasting is an honor,
- I shall provulgate—I fetch my life and being
- From men of royal siege, and my demerits
- May speak, unbonneted, to as proud a fortune
- As this that I have reach’d; for know, Iago,
- But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
- I would not my unhoused free condition
- Put into circumscription and confine
- For the sea’s worth. But look, what lights come yond?
- Enter Cassio with Officers and torches.
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- Those are the raised father and his friends.
- You were best go in.
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- Not I; I must be found.
- My parts, my title, and my perfect soul
- Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?
- By Janus, I think no.
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- The servants of the Duke? And my lieutenant?
- The goodness of the night upon you, friends!
- What is the news?
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- The Duke does greet you, general,
- And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance,
- Even on the instant.
- What is the matter, think you?
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- Something from Cyprus, as I may divine;
- It is a business of some heat. The galleys
- Have sent a dozen sequent messengers
- This very night at one another’s heels;
- And many of the consuls, rais’d and met,
- Are at the Duke’s already. You have been hotly call’d for;
- When, being not at your lodging to be found,
- The Senate hath sent about three several quests
- To search you out.
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- ’Tis well I am found by you.
- I will but spend a word here in the house,
- And go with you.
- Ancient, what makes he here?
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- Faith, he tonight hath boarded a land carrack.
- If it prove lawful prize, he’s made forever.
- I do not understand.
- He’s married.
- To who?
- Enter Othello.
- Marry, to—Come, captain, will you go?
- Have with you.
- Here comes another troop to seek for you.
- Enter Brabantio, Roderigo, with Officers with torches and
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- It is Brabantio. General, be advis’d,
- He comes to bad intent.
- Holla, stand there!
- Signior, it is the Moor.
- Down with him, thief!
- They draw on both sides.
- You, Roderigo! Come, sir, I am for you.
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- Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.
- Good signior, you shall more command with years
- Than with your weapons.
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- O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow’d my daughter?
- Damn’d as thou art, thou hast enchanted her,
- For I’ll refer me to all things of sense,
- If she in chains of magic were not bound,
- Whether a maid so tender, fair, and happy,
- So opposite to marriage that she shunn’d
- The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,
- Would ever have, t’ incur a general mock,
- Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom
- Of such a thing as thou—to fear, not to delight!
- Judge me the world, if ’tis not gross in sense,
- That thou hast practic’d on her with foul charms,
- Abus’d her delicate youth with drugs or minerals
- That weakens motion. I’ll have’t disputed on,
- ’Tis probable, and palpable to thinking.
- I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
- For an abuser of the world, a practicer
- Of arts inhibited and out of warrant.
- Lay hold upon him, if he do resist
- Subdue him at his peril.
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- Hold your hands,
- Both you of my inclining, and the rest.
- Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it
- Without a prompter. Whither will you that I go
- To answer this your charge?
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- To prison, till fit time
- Of law and course of direct session
- Call thee to answer.
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- What if I do obey?
- How may the Duke be therewith satisfied,
- Whose messengers are here about my side,
- Upon some present business of the state,
- To bring me to him?
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- ’Tis true, most worthy signior;
- The Duke’s in council, and your noble self
- I am sure is sent for.
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- How? The Duke in council?
- In this time of the night? Bring him away;
- Mine’s not an idle cause. The Duke himself,
- Or any of my brothers of the state,
- Cannot but feel this wrong as ’twere their own;
- For if such actions may have passage free,
- Bond-slaves and pagans shall our statesmen be.