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(52) Put out the light, and then put out the light 7 The players, in all the companies where ever I have seen this tragedy performed, commit an alvfurdity he c, in making Othello put out the candle, which, 'iis evident, never was the it's intentioa. Desdeinona is discovered in her bed, in he dark; and Othello enters the chamber with a single taper. If there were any other lights burning in the room, where would be the drift of putting out his? If there were no others, and that he puts his out, how absurd is it for Defdemona in the dark to talk of his eyes rowling, and his gnawing his nether-lip!-- This I conceive to have been the Poet's meaning: Othello, Itruck in part with remorse at the murder he's going to do, thinks it best to do it in the dark; this compunction of nature, in the hurry and perturbation of thought, and those remains of tenderness fiill combating in his bosom, strikes him into an instant reflection that if he puts out the light, he can rekindle it ; but if he once puts out the light of her life, that will be extinguilhed for ever. While he is busied in this contemplation, he throws his eyes towards her; and then soothed with her beauteous appearance, fets down the light, to go and kiss her. Upon this, Defdemona wakes; and they continue in discourse together till he stifles her,

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