Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds EMILIA: How goes it now? He looks gentler than he did.
Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds DESDEMONA: He says he will return– he says he will return incontinent and has commanded me to go to bed and bid me to dismiss you.
Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds EMILIA: Dismiss me?
Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds DESDEMONA: It was his bidding. Therefore, good Emilia, give me my nightly wearing and adieu. We must, not now, displease him.
Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds EMILIA: I would have never seen him.
Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds DESDEMONA: So would not I. My love does so approve him that even his stubbornness, his cheques, his frowns– prithee, unpin me– have grace and favour in them.
Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds EMILIA: I’ve made those sheets you bade me on the bed.
Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds DESDEMONA: All’s one. Good faith, how foolish are our minds? If I should die before thee, prithee shroud me in one of those same sheets.
Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds EMILIA: Come, come, you talk.
Skip to 1 minute and 14 seconds [LAUGHING]
Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds DESDEMONA: My mother had a maid called Barbary. She was in love. And he she loved proved mad and did forsake her. She had a song of willow. An old thing ‘twas, but it expressed her fortune and she died singing it. That song, tonight, will not go from my mind. I have much to do but to go hang my head all at one side and sing it like poor Barbary. Prithee, dispatch!
Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds EMILIA: Shall I go fetch your nightgown.
Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds DESDEMONA: No. No. Unpin me here.
Performing Act 4 Scene 3
In this video you will see the RSC 2015 acting company performing part of Act 4 Scene 3 on stage.
As you watch consider:
The staging choices and setting being used and what these add to the interaction between Emilia and Desdemona.
What choices have been made and what impact those have on your perception of these characters.
Having watched the video, share your thoughts on the following questions in the Comments:
Does this interpretation change the way in which you see Emilia or Desdemona?
Does anything about the interpretation of the characters in this scene surprise you?
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