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Othello: Act 4, Scene 2

Othello
Act 4, Scene 2

Cyprus. A room in the castle.

  1. Enter Othello and Emilia.

Othello

2
  1. You have seen nothing then?

Emilia

3
  1. Nor ever heardnor ever did suspect.

Othello

4
  1. Yes, you have seen Cassio and she together.

Emilia

5 - 6
  1. But then I saw no harm, and then I heard
  2. Each syllable that breath made up between them.

Othello

7
  1. What? Did they never whisper?

Emilia

8
  1.                               Never, my lord.

Othello

9
  1. Nor send you out o’ th’ way?

Emilia

10
  1. Never.

Othello

11
  1. To fetch her fan, her gloves, her mask, nor nothing?

Emilia

12
  1. Never, my lord.

Othello

13
  1. That’s strange.

Emilia

14 - 21
  1. I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest;
  2. Lay down my soul at stake. If you think other,
  3. Remove your thought; it doth abuse your bosom.
  4. If any wretch have put this in your head,
  5. Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse!
  6. For if she be not honest, chaste, and true,
  7. There’s no man happy; the purest of their wives
  8. Is foul as slander.

Othello

22 - 27
  1.                     Bid her come hither; go.
  2. Exit Emilia.
  3. She says enough; yet she’s a simple bawd
  4. That cannot say as much. This is a subtile whore,
  5. A closet lock and key of villainous secrets;
  6. And yet she’ll kneel and pray; I have seen her do’t.
  1. Enter Desdemona and Emilia.

Desdemona

29
  1. My lord, what is your will?

Othello

30
  1.                             Pray you, chuck, come hither.

Desdemona

31
  1. What is your pleasure?

Othello

32 - 33
  1.                        Let me see your eyes;
  2. Look in my face.

Desdemona

34
  1.                  What horrible fancy’s this?

Othello

35 - 39
  1. To Emilia.
  2. Some of your function, mistress;
  3. Leave procreants alone, and shut the door;
  4. Cough, or cry hem,” if anybody come.
  5. Your mystery, your mystery; nay, dispatch.
  1. Exit Emilia.

Desdemona

41 - 43
  1. Upon my knee, what doth your speech import?
  2. I understand a fury in your words,
  3. But not the words.

Othello

44
  1. Why? What art thou?

Desdemona

45 - 46
  1.                     Your wife, my lord; your true
  2. And loyal wife.

Othello

47 - 50
  1.                 Come swear it, damn thyself,
  2. Lest being like one of heaven, the devils themselves
  3. Should fear to seize thee; therefore be double damn’d:
  4. Swear thou art honest.

Desdemona

51
  1.                        Heaven doth truly know it.

Othello

52
  1. Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.

Desdemona

53
  1. To whom, my lord? With whom? How am I false?

Othello

54
  1. Ah, Desdemon! Away, away, away!

Desdemona

55 - 60
  1. Alas the heavy day! Why do you weep?
  2. Am I the motive of these tears, my lord?
  3. If haply you my father do suspect
  4. An instrument of this your calling back,
  5. Lay not your blame on me. If you have lost him,
  6. Why, I have lost him too.

Othello

61 - 78
  1.                           Had it pleas’d heaven
  2. To try me with affliction, had they rain’d
  3. All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
  4. Steep’d me in poverty to the very lips,
  5. Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes,
  6. I should have found in some place of my soul
  7. A drop of patience; but, alas, to make me
  8. The fixed figure for the time of scorn
  9. To point his slow unmoving finger at!
  10. Yet could I bear that too, well, very well;
  11. But there, where I have garner’d up my heart,
  12. Where either I must live or bear no life;
  13. The fountain from the which my current runs
  14. Or else dries up: to be discarded thence!
  15. Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
  16. To knot and gender in! Turn thy complexion there,
  17. Patience, thou young and rose-lipp’d cherubin
  18. Ay, here look grim as hell!

Desdemona

79
  1. I hope my noble lord esteems me honest.

Othello

80 - 84
  1. O ay, as summer flies are in the shambles,
  2. That quicken even with blowing. O thou weed!
  3. Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet
  4. That the sense aches at thee, would thou hadst never been
  5. born!

Desdemona

85
  1. Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed?

Othello

86 - 96
  1. Was this fair paper, this most goodly book,
  2. Made to write whore upon? What committed?
  3. Committed? O thou public commoner,
  4. I should make very forges of my cheeks,
  5. That would to cinders burn up modesty,
  6. Did I but speak thy deeds. What committed?
  7. Heaven stops the nose at it, and the moon winks;
  8. The bawdy wind, that kisses all it meets,
  9. Is hush’d within the hollow mine of earth
  10. And will not hear’t. What committed?
  11. Impudent strumpet!

Desdemona

97
  1.                    By heaven, you do me wrong.

Othello

98
  1. Are not you a strumpet?

Desdemona

99 - 102
  1.                         No, as I am a Christian.
  2. If to preserve this vessel for my lord
  3. From any other foul unlawful touch
  4. Be not to be a strumpet, I am none.

Othello

103
  1. What, not a whore?

Desdemona

104
  1.                    No, as I shall be sav’d.

Othello

105
  1. Is’t possible?

Desdemona

106
  1. O, heaven forgive us!

Othello

107 - 116
  1.                       I cry you mercy then.
  2. I took you for that cunning whore of Venice
  3. That married with Othello.—
  4. Raising his voice.
  5.                             You, mistress,
  6. Enter Emilia.
  7. That have the office opposite to Saint Peter,
  8. And keeps the gate of hell! You, you! Ay, you!
  9. We have done our course; there’s money for your pains.
  10. I pray you turn the key and keep our counsel.
  1. Exit.

Emilia

118 - 119
  1. Alas, what does this gentleman conceive?
  2. How do you, madam? How do you, my good lady?

Desdemona

120
  1. Faith, half asleep.

Emilia

121
  1. Good madam, what’s the matter with my lord?

Desdemona

122
  1. With who?

Emilia

123
  1. Why, with my lord, madam.

Desdemona

124
  1. Who is thy lord?

Emilia

125
  1.                  He that is yours, sweet lady.

Desdemona

126 - 130
  1. I have none. Do not talk to me, Emilia;
  2. I cannot weep, nor answers have I none
  3. But what should go by water. Prithee tonight
  4. Lay on my bed my wedding-sheetsremember;
  5. And call thy husband hither.

Emilia

131
  1.                              Here’s a change indeed!
  1. Exit.

Desdemona

133 - 135
  1. ’Tis meet I should be us’d so, very meet.
  2. How have I been behav’d, that he might stick
  3. The small’st opinion on my least misuse?
  1. Enter Iago and Emilia.

Iago

137
  1. What is your pleasure, madam? How is’t with you?

Desdemona

138 - 141
  1. I cannot tell. Those that do teach young babes
  2. Do it with gentle means and easy tasks.
  3. He might have chid me so; for in good faith
  4. I am a child to chiding.

Iago

142
  1.                          What is the matter, lady?

Emilia

143 - 145
  1. Alas, Iago, my lord hath so bewhor’d her,
  2. Thrown such despite and heavy terms upon her,
  3. That true hearts cannot bear it.

Desdemona

146
  1. Am I that name, Iago?

Iago

147
  1.                       What name, fair lady?

Desdemona

148
  1. Such as she said my lord did say I was.

Emilia

149 - 150
  1. He call’d her whore. A beggar in his drink
  2. Could not have laid such terms upon his callet.

Iago

151
  1. Why did he so?

Desdemona

152
  1. I do not know; I am sure I am none such.

Iago

153
  1. Do not weep, do not weep. Alas the day!

Emilia

154 - 156
  1. Hath she forsook so many noble matches?
  2. Her father? And her country? And her friends?
  3. To be call’d whore? Would it not make one weep?

Desdemona

157
  1. It is my wretched fortune.

Iago

158 - 159
  1.                            Beshrew him for’t!
  2. How comes this trick upon him?

Desdemona

160
  1.                                Nay, heaven doth know.

Emilia

161 - 164
  1. I will be hang’d if some eternal villain,
  2. Some busy and insinuating rogue,
  3. Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office,
  4. Have not devis’d this slander. I will be hang’d else.

Iago

165
  1. Fie, there is no such man; it is impossible.

Desdemona

166
  1. If any such there be, heaven pardon him!

Emilia

167 - 175
  1. A halter pardon him! And hell gnaw his bones!
  2. Why should he call her whore? Who keeps her company?
  3. What place? What time? What form? What likelihood?
  4. The Moor’s abus’d by some most villainous knave,
  5. Some base notorious knave, some scurvy fellow.
  6. O heaven, that such companions thou’dst unfold,
  7. And put in every honest hand a whip
  8. To lash the rascals naked through the world
  9. Even from the east to th’ west!

Iago

176
  1.                                 Speak within door.

Emilia

177 - 179
  1. O fie upon them! Some such squire he was
  2. That turn’d your wit the seamy side without,
  3. And made you to suspect me with the Moor.

Iago

180
  1. You are a fool; go to.

Desdemona

181 - 197
  1.                        Alas, Iago,
  2. What shall I do to win my lord again?
  3. Good friend, go to him; for by this light of heaven,
  4. I know not how I lost him. Here I kneel:
  5. If e’er my will did trespass ’gainst his love,
  6. Either in discourse of thought or actual deed,
  7. Or that mine eyes, mine ears, or any sense
  8. Delighted them in any other form;
  9. Or that I do not yet, and ever did,
  10. And ever will (though he do shake me off
  11. To beggarly divorcement) love him dearly,
  12. Comfort forswear me! Unkindness may do much,
  13. And his unkindness may defeat my life,
  14. But never taint my love. I cannot say whore.”
  15. It does abhor me now I speak the word;
  16. To do the act that might the addition earn,
  17. Not the world’s mass of vanity could make me.

Iago

198 - 200
  1. I pray you be content; ’tis but his humor.
  2. The business of the state does him offense,
  3. And he does chide with you.

Desdemona

201
  1. If ’twere no other

Iago

202 - 209
  1.                     It is but so, I warrant.
  2. Trumpets within.
  3. Hark how these instruments summon to supper!
  4. The messengers of Venice stays the meat.
  5. Go in, and weep not; all things shall be well.
  6. Exeunt Desdemona and Emilia.
  7. Enter Roderigo.
  8. How now, Roderigo?

Roderigo

210
  1. I do not find that thou deal’st justly with me.

Iago

211
  1. What in the contrary?

Roderigo

212 - 217
  1. Every day thou daff’st me with some device, Iago, and
  2. rather, as it seems to me now, keep’st from me all
  3. conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of
  4. hope. I will indeed no longer endure it; nor am I yet
  5. persuaded to put up in peace what already I have foolishly
  6. suff’red.

Iago

218
  1. Will you hear me, Roderigo?

Roderigo

219 - 220
  1. Faith, I have heard too much; for your words and
  2. performances are no kin together.

Iago

221
  1. You charge me most unjustly.

Roderigo

222 - 226
  1. With nought but truth. I have wasted myself out of my means.
  2. The jewels you have had from me to deliver Desdemona would
  3. half have corrupted a votarist. You have told me she hath
  4. receiv’d them and return’d me expectations and comforts of
  5. sudden respect and acquaintance, but I find none.

Iago

227
  1. Well, go to; very well.

Roderigo

228 - 230
  1. Very well! Go to! I cannot go to, man, nor ’tis not very
  2. well. By this hand, I think it is scurvy, and begin to find
  3. myself fopp’d in it.

Iago

231
  1. Very well.

Roderigo

232 - 235
  1. I tell you ’tis not very well. I will make myself known to
  2. Desdemona. If she will return me my jewels, I will give over
  3. my suit and repent my unlawful solicitation; if not, assure
  4. yourself I will seek satisfaction of you.

Iago

236
  1. You have said now.

Roderigo

237
  1. Ay; and said nothing but what I protest intendment of doing.

Iago

238 - 242
  1. Why, now I see there’s mettle in thee, and even from this
  2. instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before.
  3. Give me thy hand, Roderigo. Thou hast taken against me a
  4. most just exception; but yet I protest I have dealt most
  5. directly in thy affair.

Roderigo

243
  1. It hath not appear’d.

Iago

244 - 250
  1. I grant indeed it hath not appear’d; and your suspicion is
  2. not without wit and judgment. But, Roderigo, if thou hast
  3. that in thee indeed, which I have greater reason to believe
  4. now than ever (I mean purpose, courage, and valor), this
  5. night show it. If thou the next night following enjoy not
  6. Desdemona, take me from this world with treachery and devise
  7. engines for my life.

Roderigo

251
  1. Well; what is it? Is it within reason and compass?

Iago

252 - 253
  1. Sir, there is especial commission come from Venice to depute
  2. Cassio in Othello’s place.

Roderigo

254 - 255
  1. Is that true? Why then Othello and Desdemona return again to
  2. Venice.

Iago

256 - 259
  1. O no; he goes into Mauritania and taketh away with him the
  2. fair Desdemona, unless his abode be ling’red here by some
  3. accident; wherein none can be so determinate as the removing
  4. of Cassio.

Roderigo

260
  1. How do you mean, removing him?

Iago

261 - 262
  1. Why, by making him uncapable of Othello’s place: knocking
  2. out his brains.

Roderigo

263
  1. And that you would have me to do?

Iago

264 - 273
  1. Ay; if you dare do yourself a profit and a right. He sups
  2. tonight with a harlotry, and thither will I go to himhe
  3. knows not yet of his honorable fortune. If you will watch
  4. his going thence (which I will fashion to fall out between
  5. twelve and one), you may take him at your pleasure. I will
  6. be near to second your attempt, and he shall fall between
  7. us. Come, stand not amaz’d at it, but go along with me; I
  8. will show you such a necessity in his death that you shall
  9. think yourself bound to put it on him. It is now high
  10. supper-time, and the night grows to waste. About it.

Roderigo

274
  1. I will hear further reason for this.

Iago

275
  1. And you shall be satisfied.
  1. Exeunt.
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