A Level English Lang and Lit Othello - Page 11

OTHELLO Peace, and be still!

DESDEMONA I will so. What's the matter?

OTHELLO That handkerchief which I so loved and gave thee

Thou gavest to Cassio.

DESDEMONA No, by my life and soul!

Send for the man, and ask him.

OTHELLO Sweet soul, take heed,

Take heed of perjury; thou art on thy deathbed.

DESDEMONA Ay, but not yet to die.

OTHELLO Yes, presently:

Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin;

For to deny each article with oath

Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception

That I do groan withal. Thou art to die.

DESDEMONA Then Lord have mercy on me!

OTHELLO I say, amen.

DESDEMONA And have you mercy too! I never did

Offend you in my life; never loved Cassio

But with such general warranty of heaven

As I might love: I never gave him token.

OTHELLO By heaven, I saw my handkerchief in's hand.

O perjured woman! thou dost stone my heart,

And makest me call what I intend to do

A murder, which I thought a sacrifice:

I saw the handkerchief.

DESDEMONA He found it then;

I never gave it him: send for him hither;

Let him confess a truth.

OTHELLO He hath confess'd.

DESDEMONA What, my lord?

OTHELLO That he hath used thee.

DESDEMONA How? unlawfully?


DESDEMONA He will not say so.

OTHELLO No, his mouth is stopp'd;

Honest Iago hath ta'en order for't.