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Othello Translation Act 2, Scene 2

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Enter Othello’s HERALD, with a proclamation


It is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, everyman put himself into triumph: some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and revels his addiction leads him. For besides these beneficial news, it is the celebration of his nuptial. So much was his pleasure should be proclaimed. All offices are open, andthere is full liberty of feasting from this present hour of five till the bell have told eleven. Bless the isle of Cyprus and our noble general Othello!


It is our noble, brave General Othello's desire that every man celebrate, since we know the Turkish fleet has been completely destroyed. Some can dance, some can make bonfires—everyone can find whatever enjoyment he likes best. Besides the good news about the Turks, we are also celebrating his marriage. This is what he asked me to announce. All the kitchens are open, and everyone is welcome to feast from now, five o'clock, until eleven o'clock. God bless the island of Cyprus and our noble general, Othello!


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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.