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Ludovico expresses his astonishment at the change in Othello's behavior. 4.2: Othello questions Emilia about D and Cassio's relationship, acting as if Emilia is the mistress of a brothel and D one of her prostitutes. Othello denounces D to her face as a whore. D turns for help to Iago, who reassures her. Roderigo, protesting to Iago that his gifts to D have won him no favor with her, threatens to ask for the return of the gifts. Iago counters this threat by telling Roderigo that D will leave for Mauritania with Othello unless Roderigo can delay them. The best way to do this, says Iago is by killing Cassio 4.3: Othello, walking with Ludovico, orders D to go to bed and to dismiss Emilia. As Emilia helps D prepare for bed, they discuss marital infidelity, with D arguing that no women should be unfaithful to their husband and Emilia arguing that women have the same desires as men do. 5.1: In the dark streets of Cyprus, Roderigo attacks Cassio, who, uninsured, stabs Roderigo in the leg. Iago then wounds Cassio in the leg. Othello, hearing Cassio cry out, thinks Iago has killed him and departs to murder D. Iago then kills the wounded Roderigo. While Iago, joined by Ludovico and Gratiano, tends to Cassio, Bianca arrives. Iago accuses her of being a whore and of engineering the plot against Cassio that led to his injury. 5.2: D is asleep in bed when Othello enters. He kisses her, wakes her, and once again charges her with infidelity. Over her protests of innocence, he smothers her. When Emilia comes to tell Othello about the violence in the streets, he acknowledges the killing, telling her that Iago informed him of D's infidelity. Emilia cries of "Murder" bring Iago, Montano and Gratiiano. Iago, under pressure, admits accusing D. When Emilia discloses the truth about the handkerchief, Othello tried, unsuccessfully to kill Iago, and Iago kills Emilia. Othello, aware of his enormous error in regarding D as unfaithful, stabs himself, falling dead on the bed next to Emilia and D. Iago is taken away to be tortured and killed..
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