Thursday, July 22, 2010

Magpie #24

“Will you come to bed, my lord?”

(Willow’s prompt this week immediately summoned forth Act V of “Othello.”)
DESDEMONA: “Who’s there? Othello?”
OTHELLO: “Ay, Desdemona.”
DESDEMONA: “Will you come to bed, my lord?”
OTHELLO: “Have you pray’d tonight, Desdemona?
DESDEMONA: “Ay, my lord.”

OTHELLO: “If you bethink yourself of any crime, unreconcil’d as yet to heaven and grace, solicit for it straight.”
DESDEMONA: “Alack, my lord, what may you mean by that?”
OTHELLO: “Well, do it and be brief. I would not kill thy soul.”
DESDEMONA: “Talk you of killing?”
OTHELLO: “Ay, I do.”
DESDEMONA: “Then heaven have mercy on me!”
OTHELLO: “I say, amen.”
DESDEMONA: “And have you mercy too! I never did offend you in my life! Let me say one prayer!”
OTHELLO: “It is too late.”

31 comments:

Eric S. said...

Ohh I really have to read more Shakespeare. I can see why the picture conjured up such verse from your memory.

Derrick said...

Oh silly, gullible man!

Stafford Ray said...

Right on Derrick! But unlike picture 1, Othello in pic 2 probably decided it was easier to kill her than take his clothes off!

Shirley Landis VanScoyk said...

There are really no new stories, are there? Just the ones played over and over......

Helen said...

Just the name ~ Desdemona ~ conjures up wonderful magic. Wonderful Magpie!

Suz said...

I didn't see all that in that photo! But glad you did...

brenda w said...

Poor sweet child, snuffed out, just like that.

Berowne said...

Helen: "Wonderful Magpie!"
Thanks so much for the comment.

Rinkly Rimes said...

What an unusual link! And the illustrations are so apt.

Fred Miller said...

"I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee: no way but this; to die upon a kiss."

soundoffreedom said...

a masterful classic!

annell said...

I liked your Magpie! Thanks.

Berowne said...

My thanks to Rinkly Rimes, Fred Miller, soundoffreedom and annell for some interesting comments.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Wonderful connection.

Pauline said...

All that from a rumpled sheet. Your imagination and the bard's go hand in hand!

Lena said...

I need to brush up on my Shakespeare.....my spell check told me I can't spell his name.

Berowne said...

Lena: "Shakespeare.....my spell check told me I can't spell his name."
The wonderful thing about the English language in Shakespeare's day is that there were no rules; you could spell a word, or a name, any way you liked. And his name was indeed spelled a number of different ways.

Berowne said...

Pauline -- great hearing from you. Thanks.

Linda said...

You have quite an imagination to glean all that from the picture. Nice one!

RA said...

A wonderful Magpie! Old tale, but basis for all similar to come. Hats off! :)

Carrie Burtt said...

Berowne, this piece is a master of creation...or should I just say a masterpiece!
Awesome Magpie! :-)

Berowne said...

My thanks to Linda, RA and Carrie Burtt for some wonderful comments.

AngelMay said...

I never did like Othello. The man, not the play. Love Shakespeare.

signed...bkm said...

Sounds like a control freak..Othello...Off with his Head....bkm

The Bug said...

I'm classics-deprived - sadly I'm pretty sure I've never seen or read Othello. I know! Shocking!

But your use of it here has piqued my interest...

Tumblewords: said...

The end is near when it's too late for one prayer. :) Nice post!

chiccoreal said...

Dear Berowne: It's amazing how many characters are ending up in the nuptial bed! Nothing like the almighty bard aka Shakespeare for drama in the bedroom. Sure spices things up...Othello and Desdemona must have a lot of natural lust days wonders if they had more juices to dispell. Women were literally to "die" for and vice versa. Ah romance! Maybe they ate too much elk horn!

willow said...

Jealousy, the green eyed monster! Oh, gosh, you know how I love Shakespeare!. Have you seen the Branagh film version?

Berowne said...

willow: "Have you seen the Branagh film version?"
Yes, his Iago was unforgettable.

Jingle said...

valid words,
loved it.
;)

spacedlaw said...

Amazing train of thought. I blame the pillows.

 
Blog designed by Blogger Boutique using Christy Skagg's "A Little Bit of That" kit.