The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Synopsis: Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her ...
Genre: Drama, Romance
195 min

There was once in venice

a moor othello who for

his merits in the affairs of war

was held in great esteem.

It happened that he fell in love

with a young and noble lady

called desdemona,

who drawn by his virtue,

became equally enamoured of him.

So it was that since her father

was much opposed to the union

of desdemona with a moor,

she fled her house at night.

In secret haste

they were married.

Now there was in othello's

company, an ensign named lago,

a very amiable outward appearance

but his character was

extremely treacherous.

I have told often and

i retell it again and again.

I hate the moore.

I'll poison his delight.

How? How, lago?

Proclaim him in the streets,

incense her kinsmen,

and though he in fertile climate

dwell, plague him with flies.

No, they come.

What will i do?

Why, go to bed and sleep.

- I'll incontinently drown myself.

Oh, bitterness.

What should i do?

Put money in thy purse.

Ere i would say i would drown

myself for love of a guinea

hen, i would change my

humanity with a baboon!

Come, be a man.

Drown thyself?

Drown cats and blind puppies.

It cannot be that desdemona

should long continue her love

to the moor or he his to her.

It was a violent commencement.

And thou shalt see an answerable


put buy money in thy purse.

When she is sated with his body

she'll fine the error

of her choice.

She must change, she must,

for youth.

Your daughter!

- Look, your house!

- Your house!

- Your daughter!

- Your daughter!

Senior, is all your family


Why, wherefore ask you this?

Lf't be your pleasure for your

dull watch o' th' night,

transported, with no worse nor

better guard but with a knave

of common hire, a gondolier,

to the gross clasps of a

lascivious moor.

This thou shalt answer!

Straight satisfy yourself, if she

be in your chamber or your house,

lago, can i depend on the issue?

Thou are sure of me.

Go, make money.

It is too true an evil.

Gone she is.

Is there not charms by which

the property of youth

and maidhood may be abused?

Call up all my people!

Raise my kindred!

Where is the moor?

Keep up your bright swords

for the dew'll rust them.

Oh, thou foul thief!

Where hast thou stowed

my daughter?

Hold your hands! Good signor,

where will you that i go to

answer this your charge?

To prison till fit time of law

and course of direct session

call thee to answer.

Now at the same hour, there

came messengers in haste

to the senate for there was

news that the turkish armies

were moving against the

venetian garrison in cyprus.

The senators, already raised

the net, elected the moor to the

commander of their troops.

And officers were searching

the town to apprise othello

of this honor

when lo, desdemona's old

father himself brings the moor

at sword's point to the council

chamber upon a charge of

working from desdemona with

unlawful enchant.

She was abused,

stolen from me and, ay,

corrupted by magic spells.

I'm very sorry for't.

If she in chains of magic were not

bound, whether a maid so tender,

fair and happy would ever have

to incur her general mock,

run from her father

to the sooty bosom of such a

fierce bat!

Damned as thou art,

thou hast enchanted her!

Othello, what in your own part

can you say to this?

Nothing but this is so!

Did you by indirect and forced

courses subdue and poison

this young maid of affection?

Most potent grave and

reverend signors,

my very noble and approved

good masters,

that i've taken away this old

man's daughter it's most true.

True i have married her.

The very head and front of my

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