|Othello, the Moore of Venice|
| Act 5, Scene 1
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Enter IAGO and RODERIGOIAGO
Here, stand behind this bulk; straight will he come:RODERIGO
Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home:
Quick, quick; fear nothing; I'll be at thy elbow:
It makes us, or it mars us; think on that,
And fix most firm thy resolution.
Be near at hand; I may miscarry in't.IAGO
Here, at thy hand: be bold, and take thy stand.RODERIGO
I have no great devotion to the deed;IAGO
And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons:
'Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword: he dies.
I have rubb'd this young quat almost to the sense,RODERIGO
And he grows angry. Now, whether he kill Cassio,
Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,
Every way makes my gain: live Roderigo,
He calls me to a restitution large
Of gold and jewels that I bobb'd from him,
As gifts to Desdemona;
It must not be: if Cassio do remain,
He hath a daily beauty in his life
That makes me ugly; and, besides, the Moor
May unfold me to him; there stand I in much peril:
No, he must die. But so: I hear him coming.
I know his gait, 'tis he.--Villain, thou diest!CASSIO
Makes a pass at CASSIO
That thrust had been mine enemy indeed,RODERIGO
But that my coat is better than thou know'st
I will make proof of thine.
Draws, and wounds RODERIGO
O, I am slain!CASSIO
IAGO from behind wounds CASSIO in the leg, and exit
I am maim'd for ever. Help, ho! murder! murder!OTHELLO
The voice of Cassio: Iago keeps his word.RODERIGO
O, villain that I am!OTHELLO
It is even so.CASSIO
O, help, ho! light! a surgeon!OTHELLO
'Tis he:--O brave Iago, honest and just,CASSIO
That hast such noble sense of thy friend's wrong!
Thou teachest me. Minion, your dear lies dead,
And your unblest fate hies: strumpet, I come.
Forth of my heart those charms, thine eyes, are blotted;
Thy bed, lust-stain'd, shall with lust's blood be spotted.
Enter LODOVICO and GRATIANO
What, ho! no watch? no passage? murder! murder!GRATIANO
'Tis some mischance; the cry is very direful.CASSIO
O wretched villain!LODOVICO
Two or three groan: it is a heavy night:RODERIGO
These may be counterfeits: let's think't unsafe
To come in to the cry without more help.
Nobody come? then shall I bleed to death.LODOVICO
Re-enter IAGO, with a light
Here's one comes in his shirt, with light and weapons.IAGO
Who's there? whose noise is this that ones on murder?LODOVICO
We do not know.IAGO
Did not you hear a cry?CASSIO
Here, here! for heaven's sake, help me!IAGO
What's the matter?GRATIANO
This is Othello's ancient, as I take it.LODOVICO
The same indeed; a very valiant fellow.IAGO
What are you here that cry so grievously?CASSIO
Iago? O, I am spoil'd, undone by villains!IAGO
Give me some help.
O me, lieutenant! what villains have done this?CASSIO
I think that one of them is hereabout,IAGO
And cannot make away.
O treacherous villains!RODERIGO
What are you there? come in, and give some help.
To LODOVICO and GRATIANO
O, help me here!CASSIO
That's one of them.IAGO
O murderous slave! O villain!RODERIGO
O damn'd Iago! O inhuman dog!IAGO
Kill men i' the dark!--Where be these bloody thieves?--LODOVICO
How silent is this town!--Ho! murder! murder!--
What may you be? are you of good or evil?
As you shall prove us, praise us.IAGO
I cry you mercy. Here's Cassio hurt by villains.GRATIANO
How is't, brother!CASSIO
My leg is cut in two.IAGO
Marry, heaven forbid!BIANCA
Light, gentlemen; I'll bind it with my shirt.
What is the matter, ho? who is't that cried?IAGO
Who is't that cried!BIANCA
O my dear Cassio! my sweet Cassio! O Cassio,IAGO
O notable strumpet! Cassio, may you suspectCASSIO
Who they should be that have thus many led you?
I am to find you thus: I have been to seek you.IAGO
Lend me a garter. So. O, for a chair,BIANCA
To bear him easily hence!
Alas, he faints! O Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!IAGO
Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trashGRATIANO
To be a party in this injury.
Patience awhile, good Cassio. Come, come;
Lend me a light. Know we this face or no?
Alas my friend and my dear countryman
Roderigo! no:--yes, sure: O heaven! Roderigo.
What, of Venice?IAGO
Even he, sir; did you know him?GRATIANO
Know him! ay.IAGO
Signior Gratiano? I cry you gentle pardon;GRATIANO
These bloody accidents must excuse my manners,
That so neglected you.
I am glad to see you.IAGO
How do you, Cassio? O, a chair, a chair!GRATIANO
He, he 'tis he.GRATIANO
A chair brought inO, that's well said; the chair!
Some good man bear him carefully from hence;CASSIO
I'll fetch the general's surgeon.
To BIANCAFor you, mistress,
Save you your labour. He that lies slain
Was my dear friend: what malice was between you?
None in the world; nor do I know the man.IAGO
[To BIANCA] What, look you pale? O, bear him outEMILIA
o' the air.
CASSIO and RODERIGO are borne offStay you, good gentlemen. Look you pale, mistress?
Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?
Nay, if you stare, we shall hear more anon.
Behold her well; I pray you, look upon her:
Do you see, gentlemen? nay, guiltiness will speak,
Though tongues were out of use.
'Las, what's the matter? what's the matter, husband?IAGO
Cassio hath here been set on in the darkEMILIA
By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped:
He's almost slain, and Roderigo dead.
Alas, good gentleman! alas, good Cassio!IAGO
This is the fruit of whoring. Prithee, Emilia,BIANCA
Go know of Cassio where he supp'd to-night.
To BIANCAWhat, do you shake at that?
He supp'd at my house; but I therefore shake not.IAGO
O, did he so? I charge you, go with me.EMILIA
Fie, fie upon thee, strumpet!BIANCA
I am no strumpet; but of life as honestEMILIA
As you that thus abuse me.
As I! foh! fie upon thee!IAGO
Kind gentlemen, let's go see poor Cassio dress'd.
Come, mistress, you must tell's another tale.
Emilia run you to the citadel,
And tell my lord and lady what hath happ'd.
Will you go on? I pray.
AsideThis is the night
That either makes me or fordoes me quite.
| Act 5, Scene 1
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