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"When I have plucked the rose I cannot give it vital growth again. It needs must wither!" (Othello. V.ii.13–16)

Othello is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare.

The protagonist is a Moor general named Othello, who marries a Venetian woman named Desdemona. Iago, the antagonist, sets in motion a plot to destroy Othello by tainting Othello's faith in Desdemona's virtue. By the end of the play, Desdemona dies by the hands of her own husband.

In 2366, Jean-Luc Picard quoted from Othello to convince DaiMon Tog that Lwaxana Troi was his love interest. (TNG: "Ménage à Troi")

Together with several other works by William Shakespeare and his edition of The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works, retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard kept a copy of the play in his section of the quantum archive at the Starfleet Archive Museum. (PIC: "Remembrance")

The titles of the books seen in Picard's quantum archive were not legible in the episode, the bundle of books was seen up close in TRR: "Remembrance", however. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Avery Brooks has often played the title role in productions of the play by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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