Act V, Scene 1 Cyprus. A street.

Enter IAGO and RODERIGO

 

IAGO Here, stand behind this bulk; straight will he come:
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.
RODERIGO Be near at hand; I may miscarry in't.
IAGO Here, at thy hand: be bold, and take thy stand.
  [Retires]
RODERIGO I have no great devotion to the deed;
And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons:
'Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword: he dies.
IAGO I have rubb'd this young quat almost to the sense,
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.
  [Enter CASSIO]
RODERIGO I know his gait, 'tis he.--Villain, thou diest!
  [Makes a pass at CASSIO]
CASSIO That thrust had been mine enemy indeed,
But that my coat is better than thou know'st
I will make proof of thine.
  [Draws, and wounds RODERIGO]
RODERIGO O, I am slain!
  [IAGO from behind wounds CASSIO in the leg, and exit]
CASSIO I am maim'd for ever. Help, ho! murder! murder!
  [Falls]
  [Enter OTHELLO]
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,
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.
  [Exit]
  [Enter LODOVICO and GRATIANO]
CASSIO What, ho! no watch? no passage? murder! murder!
GRATIANO 'Tis some mischance; the cry is very direful.
CASSIO O, help!
LODOVICO Hark!
RODERIGO O wretched villain!
LODOVICO Two or three groan: it is a heavy night:
These may be counterfeits: let's think't unsafe
To come in to the cry without more help.
RODERIGO Nobody come? then shall I bleed to death.
LODOVICO Hark!
  [Re-enter IAGO, with a light]
GRATIANO 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!
Give me some help.
IAGO O me, lieutenant! what villains have done this?
CASSIO I think that one of them is hereabout,
And cannot make away.
IAGO O treacherous villains!
What are you there? come in, and give some help.
  [To LODOVICO and GRATIANO]
RODERIGO O, help me here!
CASSIO That's one of them.
IAGO O murderous slave! O villain!
  [Stabs RODERIGO]
RODERIGO O damn'd Iago! O inhuman dog!
IAGO Kill men i' the dark!--Where be these bloody thieves?--
How silent is this town!--Ho! murder! murder!--
What may you be? are you of good or evil?
LODOVICO As you shall prove us, praise us.
IAGO Signior Lodovico?
LODOVICO He, sir.
IAGO I cry you mercy. Here's Cassio hurt by villains.
GRATIANO Cassio!
IAGO How is't, brother!
CASSIO My leg is cut in two.
IAGO Marry, heaven forbid!
Light, gentlemen; I'll bind it with my shirt.
  [Enter BIANCA]
BIANCA 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,
Cassio, Cassio!
IAGO O notable strumpet! Cassio, may you suspect
Who they should be that have thus many led you?
CASSIO No.
GRATIANO I am to find you thus: I have been to seek you.
IAGO Lend me a garter. So. O, for a chair,
To bear him easily hence!
BIANCA Alas, he faints! O Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!
IAGO Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trash
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.
GRATIANO What, of Venice?
IAGO Even he, sir; did you know him?
GRATIANO Know him! ay.
IAGO Signior Gratiano? I cry you gentle pardon;
These bloody accidents must excuse my manners,
That so neglected you.
GRATIANO I am glad to see you.
IAGO How do you, Cassio? O, a chair, a chair!
GRATIANO Roderigo!
IAGO He, he 'tis he.
  [A chair brought in]
  O, that's well said; the chair!
GRATIANO Some good man bear him carefully from hence;
I'll fetch the general's surgeon.
  [To BIANCA]
  For you, mistress,
Save you your labour. He that lies slain
here, Cassio,
Was my dear friend: what malice was between you?
CASSIO None in the world; nor do I know the man.
IAGO [To BIANCA] What, look you pale? O, bear him out
o' the air.
  [CASSIO and RODERIGO are borne off]
  Stay 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.
  [Enter EMILIA]
EMILIA 'Las, what's the matter? what's the matter, husband?
IAGO Cassio hath here been set on in the dark
By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped:
He's almost slain, and Roderigo dead.
EMILIA Alas, good gentleman! alas, good Cassio!
IAGO This is the fruit of whoring. Prithee, Emilia,
Go know of Cassio where he supp'd to-night.
  [To BIANCA]
  What, do you shake at that?
BIANCA 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 honest
As you that thus abuse me.
EMILIA 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.
  [Aside]
  This is the night
That either makes me or fordoes me quite.
  [Exeunt]

 

To see other scenes from the show:

Full Text Act III, Scene 2 A room in the castle./Act III, Scene 3 The garden of the castle.
Act I, Scene 1 Venice.  A street. Act III, Scene 4 Before the castle.
Act I, Scene 2 Another street. Act IV, Scene 1 Before the castle.
Act I, Scene 3 A council chamber. Act IV, Scene 2 A room in the castle.
Act II, Scene 1 A seaport in Cyprus. An open place near the quay. Act IV, Scene 3 Another room in the castle.
Act II, Scene 2 A street./Act II, Scene 3 A hall in the castle. Act V, Scene 1 A street.
Act III, Scene 1 Before the castle. Act V, Scene 2 A bedchamber in the castle.

 

To view other Othello sections:

Main Play Page        Play Text     Scene by Scene Synopsis      Character Directory     Commentary  

 

To view the other Plays click below:

By  Comedies    Histories    Romances    Tragedies

All's Well the Ends Well Antony & Cleopatra As You Like It Cardenio Comedy of Errors Coriolanus
Cymbeline Edward III Hamlet Henry IV, Part 1 Henry IV, Part 2 Henry V
Henry VI, Part 1 Henry VI, Part 2 Henry VI, Part 3 Henry VIII Julius Caesar King John
King Lear Love's Labours Lost Love's Labours Wonne Macbeth Measure for Measure Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor A Mid Summer Night's Dream  Much Ado About Nothing Othello Pericles Richard II
Richard III Romeo & Juliet Sir Thomas More Taming of the Shrew The Tempest Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus Troilus & Cressida Twelfth Night Two Gentlemen of Verona The Two Noble Kinsman The Winter's Tale

 

To view other Shakespeare Library sections:

Biography     Plays     Poems     Sonnets     Theaters     Shake Links 

 
Send mail to jciccarelli@hudsonshakespeare.org with questions or comments about this web site.
[Home]  [Upcoming Shows]  [HSC Venues]  [Past Productions]  [Articles] [HSC Programs]
 [Shakespeare Library] [Actor Resources]   [Contact Us]  [Links]  [Site Map]