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Act 5, Scene 1

IAGO and RODERIGO enter.


IAGO

Here, stand behind this wall; he’ll come right away. Keep your sword out, and then stick it in as far as it’ll go. Quick, quick. Don’t be afraid. I’ll be right next to you. This will either make us or break us. Keep that in mind, and be steady.



RODERIGO

Stay right near me. I may mess it up.



IAGO

I’m right behind you. Be bold, and get ready.



IAGO moves aside.

RODERIGO

I don’t really want to do this, but he’s given me good reasons. I guess it’s only one man—no big deal. My sword comes out, and he dies.



IAGO

(to himself) I’ve rubbed this young pimple until he’s ready to pop, and now he’s angry. Whether he kills Cassio, or Cassio kills him, or they kill each other, it all works in my favor. If Roderigo survives, though, he’ll ask me for all the gold and jewelry that I stole from him and said I gave to Desdemona. I can’t let that happen. If Cassio survives,he’s so handsome and well-spoken that he makes me look ugly. And besides, the Moor might tell him about my lies about him.—That would be very dangerous for me. No, he’s got to die. Let it be so. I hear him coming.

CASSIO enters.

RODERIGO

I know the sound of his walk.—Die, villain!



RODERIGO thrusts his sword at CASSIO.

CASSIO

That thrust might really have hurt me if I didn’t have this armor on under my cloak. Now let’s see what you’ve got on.


CASSIOdraws his sword and stabs Roderigo.

RODERIGO

Oh, I’m dead!



From behind, IAGO stabs CASSIO in the leg and then exits.

CASSIO

I’ll be crippled forever! Help! Murder! murder!



OTHELLO enters.

OTHELLO

That’s Cassio’s voice. Iago has kept his word.



RODERIGO

Oh, what a villain I am!



OTHELLO

That’s the truth.



CASSIO

Help me! Get some light! Get me a surgeon!



OTHELLO

It’s him! Brave Iago, how honest and trustworthy you are! You even went as far as murder to help your friend in his misfortune. You teach me how I should act.



Whore, your lover’s dead now, and you’ll be going to hell soon. I’m coming, slut! I’ve shut the memory of your beautiful eyes out of my heart. You’ve already stained our sheets with your lust; now I’ll stain them with your whore’s blood.

OTHELLO exits.

LODOVICO and GRATIANO enter.

CASSIO

Help! Isn’t there a guard around? No one passing by? Murder! Murder!


GRATIANO

Something’s wrong, the man sounds panicked.


CASSIO

Oh, help!



LODOVICO

Listen!


RODERIGO

I’ve acted like such a villain!



LODOVICO

Two or three men are groaning. But it’s dark out, and it could be a trap. It’s not safe to go near them till we get more help.



RODERIGO

Nobody’s coming? I’ll bleed to death.



LODOVICO

Look!


IAGO enters.

GRATIANO

Here’s someone coming in his pajamas, with a candle and weapons.



IAGO

Who’s there? Who’s shouting “murder”?



LODOVICO

We don’t know.



IAGO

Didn’t you hear someone shouting?



CASSIO

I’m here, here! For heaven’s sake, help me!



IAGO

What’s the matter?



GRATIANO

(to LODOVICO) That’s Othello’s ensign, I think.

LODOVICO

It is. He’s a good man.



IAGO

(to CASSIO) Who’s shouting so loudly?

CASSIO

Is that you, Iago? I’m here, I’ve been destroyed by villains! Help me.


IAGO

Oh, lieutenant! What villains did this to you?



CASSIO

I think one of them is nearby and can’t get away.



IAGO

The treacherous criminals!—(to LODOVICO andGRATIANO) Who’s there? Come here and help!



RODERIGO

Somebody help me over here!



CASSIO

That’s one of them.



IAGO

(to RODERIGO) Murderer! Villain!

IAGO stabs RODERIGO.

RODERIGO

Damned Iago! You inhuman dog!



IAGO

Killing men in the dark? Where are these murderers? This is such a quiet, sleepy town!—Murder, murder!—Who’s that coming? Are you good or evil?



LODOVICO

Judge for yourself.



IAGO

Signor Lodovico?



LODOVICO

That’s me.



IAGO

I beg your pardon. Cassio’s been wounded.



GRATIANO

Cassio!


IAGO

How are you doing, brother?



CASSIO

My leg’s been cut in two.


IAGO

God forbid! Bring me some light, gentlemen, I’ll bind the wound with my shirt.


BIANCA enters.

BIANCA

What’s the matter? Who’s shouting?



IAGO

Who’s shouting?



BIANCA

Oh, my dear Cassio! My sweet Cassio! Oh, Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!



IAGO

You notorious whore! Cassio, do you know who might have stabbed you like this?



CASSIO

No.


GRATIANO

I’m sorry to find you like this. I’ve been looking all over for you.



IAGO

Lend me your sash—Oh, if we only had a stretcher to carry him out of here!



BIANCA

He’s fainted! Oh Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!



IAGO

Sir, I believe this piece of trash, Bianca, has something to do with all this trouble.—Hang in there, Cassio.—Come here, bring the light. Do you recognize this face? Oh, no, it’s my friend and countryman, Roderigo.—Yes, it’s Roderigo!



GRATIANO

What, Roderigo from Venice?



IAGO

That’s the one, sir. Do you know him?



GRATIANO

Know him? Yes.



IAGO

Signor Gratiano, I beg your pardon. I didn’t mean to ignore you—it’s just because of this bloody uproar.


GRATIANO

I’m glad to see you.


IAGO

How are you doing, Cassio?—Someone bring me a stretcher!



GRATIANO

Roderigo!



IAGO

It’s him, it’s him.



A stretcher is brought in.

Good—here’s the stretcher. Get somebody strong to carry him out of here. I’ll get the general’s surgeon. (toBIANCA) As for you, ma'am, don’t bother. The man lying here was my dear friend, Roderigo.—What was the problem between you?

CASSIO

There wasn’t any problem. I don’t even know him.



IAGO

(to BIANCA) You’re pale?—Get Cassio out of here.—You look awfully pale, Bianca.

CASSIO and RODERIGO are carried away.

Do you see how afraid she is? Watch her, we’ll get the whole story. Keep an eye on her. Do you see? The guilty speak volumes even when they’re silent.

EMILIA enters.

EMILIA

What’s the matter? What’s the matter, husband?



IAGO

Cassio was attacked here in the dark by Roderigo and men who escaped. He’s near death, and Roderigo’s dead already.



EMILIA

Oh, no, good gentleman! Oh no, good Cassio!


IAGO

This is what happens when you visit whores. Please, Emilia, ask Cassio where he was at dinner tonight.—(to BIANCA) What, does that make you nervous?

Modern Text


BIANCA

He ate at my house, but that doesn’t make me nervous.



IAGO

Oh, did he? I order you to come with me.



EMILIA

Go to hell, you whore!



BIANCA

I’m no whore. I’m as moral as you are.



EMILIA

As moral as me! Damn you!



IAGO

Gentlemen, let’s go make sure Cassio’s wounds are properly dressed.—Come on, ma'am, you can tell us another story. Emilia, go to the castle and tell Othello and Desdemona what happened.—Will you please go now? (to himself) This is the night that’ll either make me or break me.



They all exit.

Act 5, Scene 2


DESDEMONA is asleep in bed. OTHELLO enters with a candle.

OTHELLO

I have to do it, I have to do it. I have to keep my reason in mind. I won’t say out loud what my reason is, but I have to do it. But I won’t shed any of her blood or scar that beautiful skin, whiter than snow and smooth as the finest marble. But she’s got to die, or she’ll cheat on other men. Put out the light of the candle, and then put out the light of her heart. If I extinguish the candle, I can light it again if I regret it. But once I kill you, you beautiful, fake woman, I do not know the magic that could bring you back. When I’ve plucked this rose, I can’t make it grow again; it will have no choice but to wither and die. Let me smell you while you’re still on the tree. (he kisses her) Oh, that sweet breath almost convinces me not to kill you and carry out justice. One more, one more kiss. If you’re this beautiful when you’re dead, I’ll kill you and then love you afterward.(kissing her) One more, and this is the last. Such a sweet kiss was never so deadly. I have to cry, but I have to be cruel too. I’m acting like God in the Old Testament—I have to punish the one I love. She’s waking up.


DESDEMONA

Who’s there? Othello?



OTHELLO

Yes, Desdemona.


Modern Text


DESDEMONA

Will you come to bed, my lord?



OTHELLO

Have you said your prayers tonight, Desdemona?



DESDEMONA

Yes, my lord.



OTHELLO

If you can think of any crime you haven’t confessed, then pray for forgiveness right away.



DESDEMONA

Oh, my lord, what do you mean by that?



OTHELLO

Well, hurry up and confess. Be quick about it. I’ll wait over here. I don’t want to kill you before you’ve readied your soul. No, I don’t want to send your soul to hell when I kill you.



DESDEMONA

You’re talking about killing?



OTHELLO

Yes, I am.



DESDEMONA

Then heaven have mercy on me.



OTHELLO

Amen to that, from the bottom of my heart.



DESDEMONA

If you really feel that way, then I hope you won’t kill me.



OTHELLO

Hmmph!

DESDEMONA

You’re scaring me. You terrify me when you have that look in your eyes. I don’t know why I should be afraid, since I haven’t done anything wrong. But I’m still afraid.


OTHELLO

Think of your sins.



DESDEMONA

My only sin was loving you too much.



OTHELLO

Yes, that’s why you have to die.



DESDEMONA

You’re wrong to kill me for loving you. Why are you chewing on your lower lip like that? You’re shaking with emotion. These are bad omens, but I hope, I hope, they don’t predict my future.



OTHELLO

Quiet. Stay still.



DESDEMONA

I will. What’s this all about?



OTHELLO

You gave that handkerchief, the one I loved and gave to you, to Cassio.



DESDEMONA

No, I swear by my life and soul! Bring him here and ask him.



OTHELLO

My sweet darling, don’t lie. You’re on your deathbed.



DESDEMONA

I am? But I’m not dying yet!



OTHELLO

Yes, right now. So confess your sin freely now. Even if you swear you’re innocent of every accusation, you won’t change my mind or remove the thought that’s tormenting me. You’re going to die.



DESDEMONA

Then heaven have mercy on me!



OTHELLO

Amen to that.


Modern Text

DESDEMONA

And you have mercy on me too! I never did anything wrong to you in my life. I never loved Cassio, except with the pure love that I feel for humankind. I never gave him any token of romantic love.


OTHELLO

I saw him holding the handkerchief! You liar, you’re turning my heart to stone, and making me call what I’ll do murder, when I had been thinking of it as a sacrifice! I saw the handkerchief.



DESDEMONA

He found it somewhere, then. I never gave it to him. Tell him to come here. He’ll tell the truth.



OTHELLO

He’s already done so.



DESDEMONA

What, my lord?



OTHELLO

That he had sex with you.



DESDEMONA

What? Had sex with me?



OTHELLO

Yes.


DESDEMONA

He wouldn’t say that.



OTHELLO

No. He won’t say anything anymore. Honest Iago’s arranged that.



DESDEMONA

Oh, I’m scared. What, is he dead?



OTHELLO

If he had as many lives as he’s got hairs on his head, I would’ve killed them all in revenge.



DESDEMONA

Oh, he’s been betrayed, and I’ve been ruined.



OTHELLO

What, you whore, are you crying for him right in front of me?



DESDEMONA

Send me away, my lord, but don’t kill me!



OTHELLO

Down, whore!

DESDEMONA

Kill me tomorrow—but let me live tonight.



OTHELLO

No, if you struggle with me—



DESDEMONA

Just half an hour!



OTHELLO

While I’m doing this, I can’t pause for a moment.



DESDEMONA

Just let me say one prayer!



OTHELLO

It’s too late. (he smothers her)



EMILIA

(offstage) My lord, my lord! Hello! My lord, my lord!

OTHELLO

What’s that noise? Aren’t you dead yet? I know I’m cruel, but I’m merciful too. I don’t want you to linger in pain.



EMILIA

(offstage) Hello! My lord, my lord!

OTHELLO

Who’s there?



EMILIA

(offstage) Oh my lord, I need to speak to you!

OTHELLO

Yes, it’s Emilia.(to EMILIA)—Just a minute!—She’s dead now.—Emilia’s probably come to tell me that Cassio’s been killed. The fight outside was loud. So! You’re not moving anymore? No, you’re as still as a grave. Should I let her in? Is that a good idea? I think she’s moving again—No. What should I do? If she comes in, she’ll try to speak to my wife. My wife, my wife! What wife? I don’t have a wife. Oh, this is unbearable! Oh, the horror! There should be a huge eclipse of the sun and the moon, now that Desdemona’s no longer on this earth.


EMILIA

(offstage) Please, my lord. I need to speak with you. Oh, my good lord!

OTHELLO

I’d forgotten about you—Emilia, wait a moment, let me draw the curtains. (closes the bed curtains) Where are you? (unlocks the door)



EMILIA enters.

What’s the matter with you now?

EMILIA

Oh, my lord, terrible murders have been committed over there!



OTHELLO

What? Just now?



EMILIA

Yes, just now, my lord.



OTHELLO

It’s because of the full moon. It comes too close to the earth and drives men crazy.



EMILIA

Cassio’s killed a young Venetian named Roderigo.



OTHELLO

Roderigo’s been killed? And Cassio’s killed?



EMILIA

No, Cassio wasn’t killed.



OTHELLO

Cassio’s not dead? Then the wrong man is dead, and sweet revenge has gone wrong.



DESDEMONA

Oh, I’ve been murdered unfairly!



EMILIA

Oh Lord, who’s that crying?



OTHELLO

That? What?


EMILIA

Oh, no, that was my lady’s voice.


EMILIA opens the bedcurtains.

Help! Help! Oh, lady, speak again.

Sweet Desdemona! Oh sweet mistress, speak!



DESDEMONA

I’m dying an innocent woman.



EMILIA

Oh, who did this thing?



DESDEMONA

No one. I did it myself. Give my love to my kind husband. Oh, goodbye!



DESDEMONA dies.

OTHELLO

Why, how could she have been murdered?



EMILIA

My God, who knows?



OTHELLO

You heard her say it wasn’t me.



EMILIA

Yes, she said that. I must go report what happened.



OTHELLO

She was lying even as she was going down to hell. I did kill her.



EMILIA

Then she was even more an angel, and you’re an even blacker devil!



OTHELLO

She cheated on me, and she was a whore.



EMILIA

You slander her, you devil.



OTHELLO

She was fickle and unfaithful, like water.



EMILIA

You’ve lost your mind to accuse her of cheating. She was utterly true to you!

OTHELLO

Cassio had sex with her. Ask your husband if you doubt me. If I didn’t have a good reason to do this, damn me to the very bottom of hell. Your husband knew about everything.



EMILIA

My husband!



OTHELLO

Your husband.



EMILIA

He said she was unfaithful?



OTHELLO

Yes, with Cassio. If she’d been faithful to me, I never would have given her up, not even if God himself offered me a jewel as big as a planet in exchange for her.



EMILIA

My husband.



OTHELLO

Yes, he’s the one who first told me about her. He’s an honest man who detests evil actions.



EMILIA

My husband?



OTHELLO

Why do you keep repeating that, woman? I’m telling you, your husband.



EMILIA

Oh, my mistress, a villain has made a mockery of your love! My husband said she was unfaithful!



OTHELLO

Yes, him, woman. I said “your husband.”—Do you understand that word? My friend, your husband, the honest, honest Iago.



EMILIA

If he said that, then I hope his malicious soul rots in hell forever. He’s lying through his teeth! She was too attached to her filthy marriage ever to do a thing like that!


OTHELLO draws his sword.


OTHELLO

Ha!


EMILIA

Go ahead, do your worst. Killing me won’t send you to heaven. You weren’t good enough for her.



OTHELLO

You’d better shut up!



EMILIA

I can endure far more pain than you could ever give me! Oh, you idiot! You stupid fool! As dumb as dirt! You’ve committed a terrible evil—I’m not afraid of your sword. I’ll tell everyone what you did, even if it



costs me my life twenty times over.—Help, help, help! The Moor’s killed my mistress! Murder, murder!

MONTANOGRATIANO, and IAGO enter.

MONTANO

What’s the matter? What’s going on here, general?



EMILIA

Oh, are you here, Iago? You’ve done a good job, that other men can attribute their murders to you!



GRATIANO

What’s the matter?



EMILIA

(to IAGO) Tell this villain he’s wrong, if you’re man enough. He says you told him his wife cheated on him. I know you didn’t. You’re not that much of a villain. Speak, because I’m too emotional to say any more.

IAGO

I told him what I thought. I didn’t tell him anything that didn’t make sense or ring true to him.



EMILIA

But did you tell him she cheated on him?


IAGO

I did.


EMILIA

Then you told a lie, a sick, wicked lie. I swear on my soul it was a lie. You said she slept with Cassio. Did you say Cassio?



IAGO

Yes, with Cassio. Now be quiet.



EMILIA

I will not be quiet! I have to speak. My mistress here lies murdered in her bed—



ALL

No, heaven forbid!



EMILIA

And your lies caused this murder.



OTHELLO

Don’t stand there gaping, everyone. It’s true.



GRATIANO

It may be true, but it’s unbelievable.



MONTANO

Oh, what a horrible deed!



EMILIA

Evil, evil, evil! I can smell it! I suspected it earlier. I’ll kill myself out of grief! Oh, evil, evil!



IAGO

Are you crazy? I’m ordering you, go home.



EMILIA

Good gentlemen, give me permission to speak. I know I ought to obey my husband, but not now. Maybe I’ll never go home again, Iago!



OTHELLO

Oh! Oh! Oh!



EMILIA

Yes, go ahead and moan, because you killed the sweetest, most innocent woman who ever lived!


OTHELLO

She was filthy! I barely knew you, Uncle Gratiano. Here’s your niece lying here dead. I killed her with these hands. I know this looks horrible.


GRATIANO

Poor Desdemona! I’m glad your father isn’t alive to see this. Your marriage made him die of grief before his time. If he was alive now, this sight would hurt


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him terribly. It would make him curse the heavens and be damned to hell.

OTHELLO

It’s sad, but Iago knows she had sex with Cassio a thousand times. Cassio confessed it, and she pledged her love to him by giving him the handkerchief I’d given her. I saw it in his hand.

It was an old memento that my father gave to my mother.


EMILIA

Oh, God! Dear God in heaven!



IAGO

Damn it, shut your mouth.



EMILIA

No, the truth will come out—Me, shut my mouth? Let heaven and men and devils tell me to shut me up. I’ll say what I have to say.



IAGO

If you’re smart, you’ll go home.



IAGO draws his sword.

EMILIA

I won’t.


GRATIANO

Shame on you! Drawing your sword on a woman?



EMILIA

Oh, you stupid Moor! I found that handkerchief by accident and gave it to my husband. He’d begged me to steal it many times.



IAGO

You evil whore!

EMILIA

You think she gave it to Cassio? No, I found it and gave it to my husband.



IAGO

You piece of filth, you’re lying!



EMILIA

I swear I’m not lying. (to OTHELLO) Oh, you murderous fool! How did you ever get such a good wife?



OTHELLO

Won’t heaven strike this Iago dead? You absolute villain!



OTHELLO runs at IAGOIAGO stabs EMILIA.

GRATIANO

The woman’s falling down! He’s killed his wife!



EMILIA

Yes, yes! Lay me next to my mistress.



IAGO exits.

GRATIANO

He’s gone, and his wife’s dead.



MONTANO

He’s a wicked, horrible criminal. Take the Moor’s sword and guard the door from the outside. Kill him rather than let him leave this room. I’m going after Iago. He’s a horrid criminal.



MONTANO and GRATIANO exit.

OTHELLO

I’m not that strong, if a puny nobody can grab my sword. But why should my reputation for honor last longer than my honor did? Let it all go.



EMILIA

What did your song mean, lady? Can you hear me? I’ll die like a swan. They sing when they die.


(singing) Willow, willow, willow.—

Moor, she never cheated on you. She loved you, you cruel man. I swear on my soul I’m telling the truth, and as I say this, I die.


EMILIA dies.

OTHELLO

I’ve got another weapon in the room. It’s a Spanish sword, hardened in ice cold water and razor sharp. Here it is. Uncle, I’m coming out!



GRATIANO

(offstage) If you try that, you’ll pay for it. You’ve got no weapon, so you’ll have to suffer.

OTHELLO

Look in on me, and talk with me, or I’ll attack even without a weapon.



GRATIANO enters.

GRATIANO

What’s the matter?



OTHELLO

Look, I have a weapon, the best sword a soldier could have. I’ve fought my way through obstacles twenty times more terrifying than you with this weapon. But



who can control his fate? I’m not like that now. Don’t be afraid, even though you see me with a weapon. This is the end of my journey, the end of my life. Are you backing away in fear? There’s no reason to be afraid. You could tap me with a feather and I’d back away. Where would Othello go?—Oh, look at you! Such cruel luck! You’re as pale as your nightgown! When we meet on Judgment Day, that look of yours will send me from heaven to hell, where devils will grab me. You’re cold, cold, and you were never hot with lust. Oh you damned villain! Whip me, you devils, so I don’t have to look at this heavenly sight! Blow on me with hot winds, roast me in lava, drown me in liquid fire! Oh, Desdemona! Dead Desdemona! Oh, oh!

LODOVICO and MONTANO enter, followed byCASSIO on a stretcher, and officers with IAGO, prisoner.


LODOVICO

Where is that poor rash man?



OTHELLO

You mean the man who used to be Othello? Here I am.



LODOVICO

Where’s that snake? Bring the villain forward.



IAGO is brought forward.

OTHELLO

I’m looking to see if you have cloven hooves like the devil. But that’s just a fairy tale. If you are a devil, I won’t be able to kill you.



OTHELLO stabs IAGO.

LODOVICO

Take his sword away from him.



They take OTHELLO ’s sword away.

IAGO

I’m bleeding, but you didn’t kill me.



OTHELLO

I’m not sorry, either. I want you to live, since to me, death is happiness.



LODOVICO

Oh Othello, you were once so good, then you were tricked by this villain. What can I say to you?



OTHELLO

Say anything. Call me an honorable murderer if you like. I did nothing out of hate, only out of honor.



LODOVICO

This poor guy’s partly confessed his plan. Did you plan Cassio’s death with him?



OTHELLO

Yes.

CASSIO

Dear general, I never gave you any reason to hate me.


OTHELLO

I believe you, and I ask you to forgive me. Will you please make this half-devil say why he tricked me and damned my soul?



IAGO

Don’t ask me anything. You know what you know. From this moment on, I’ll never say another word.



LODOVICO

What, not even to pray?



GRATIANO

Torture will make you talk.



OTHELLO

Well, do your best.



LODOVICO

Sir, you’ll understand everything that has happened. I don’t think you know now. Here is a letter we found in Roderigo’s pocket. And here’s another. This one talks about how Roderigo should kill Cassio.



OTHELLO

Oh, you villain!



CASSIO

Ungodly and monstrous!



LODOVICO

Here’s another letter from his pocket, addressed to Iago and full of complaints. We think he was going to send it to Iago, but then Iago stepped in and answered his complaints by killing him.



OTHELLO

Oh, you wicked scoundrel! Cassio, how did you get my wife’s handkerchief?



CASSIO

I found it in my room, and Iago just confessed that he put it there for his own purposes.



OTHELLO

Oh, what a fool I am!


CASSIO

Also, in his letter to Iago, Roderigo criticizes Iago for telling him to get me angry while I was on guard duty, and get me demoted. And just now he admitted it, even though he’d seemed to be dead for a long while—Iago tricked him, Iago urged him to do it.


LODOVICO

(to OTHELLO)

You’ll have to leave this room and come with us. You’re stripped of your power and your command, and Cassio will govern Cyprus. As for this slave, Iago, if we can think of any torture that will hurt him a lot but keep him alive a long time, he’ll have it. You’ll remain a prisoner until we bring your crimes to the Venetian government.—Okay, take him away.



OTHELLO

Wait. A word or two before you go. I’ve given the state of Venice a bit of help in the past, and they know it. But enough about that. When you record these sad events in your letters, please describe me exactly as I am. Don’t tone things down or exaggerate them out of hostility. If you’re being fair, you’ll have to describe me as someone who loved too much, but who wasn’t wise about it. I was not easily made jealous, but once I was tricked and manipulated, I worked myself into a frenzy. Describe me as a fool who threw away a precious pearl with his own hands, like a silly Indian who didn’t know what it was worth. As someone who was not emotional, but who then cried a lot. Write all this



down, and then say also that in Aleppo I once saw a Turk beating a Venetian, so I grabbed the Turk by the throat and hit him like this.

OTHELLO stabs himself.

LODOVICO

Oh, what a bloody end to all this!



GRATIANO

Everything we’ve heard is bad.



OTHELLO

(to DESDEMONA) I kissed you before I killed you. Now, killing myself, I’m dying while I kiss you again.


OTHELLO kisses DESDEMONA and dies.

CASSIO

I was afraid this would happen, because he was a noble, brave man, but I didn’t think he had a weapon.



LODOVICO

(to IAGO) You bloodthirsty dog, you’re crueler than sadness or hunger, crueler than the sea. Look at these dead people on this bed. You did all this. He makes me sick. Take him away. Gratiano, take care of the house, and take the Moor’s property. You’ve inherited everything.—(to CASSIO) Governor, I leave it in your hands to punish this evil villain: just decide the time, the place and the means of torture. And then carry it out! I have to go back to Venice, and tell them about these sad events.

They all exit.




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