by William Shakespeare
OTHELLO--the Moor of Venice, captain (general) of the Venetian army.
DESDEMONA--the well-born Venetian lady just married to Othello.
BRABANTIO--her father, as yet unaware of the match.
GRATIANO and LODOVICO--uncle and kinsman to Desdemona.
IAGO--a professional soldier, Othello's ensign, third in command.
RODERIGO--a Venetian gentleman, in love with Desdemona.
EMILIA-- Iago's wife, who serves as Desdemona's maid.
CASSIO--a trained officer, chosen to be Othello's lieutenant.
BIANCA--a courtesan, Cassio's mistress.
The DUKE OF VENICE, and SENATORS.
MONTANO-- Othello's predecessor as governor of Cyprus.
SERVANTS, ATTENDANTS, MESSENGERS, SAILORS, GENTLEMEN, a HERALD, a CLOWN, MUSICIANS, etc.
Time: in the Renaissance period of Venetian power.
Place: Various scenes in Venice and then in Cyprus.
[Enter RODERIGOand IAGO.]
RODERIGO. Tush! Never tell me! I take it much un-kindly
That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.
IAGO. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me!
If ever I did dream of such a matter,
RODERIGO. Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate.
IAGO. Despise me if I do not. Three great ones of
In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,