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For let our finger ache, and it indues
Emil. Pray Heaven it be state matters, as you
And no conception, nor no jealous toy,
Des. Alas, the day! I never gave him cause.
Emil. But jealous souls will not be answered so;
Des. I will go seek him.--Cassio, walk here about;
[Exeunt DESDEMONA and Emilia.
What make you from home?
Bian. And I was going to your lodging, Cassio.
1 Indue was used formerly where we now use imh.p..
3 Unfair assallar..
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OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE.
Pardon me, Bianca ; I have this while with leaden thoughts been pressed ; But I shall, in a more continuate time, Strike off this score of absence. Sweet Bianca,
[Giving her DESDEMONA's handkerchief. Take me this work out. Bian.
O Cassio, whence came this ? This is some token from a newer friend. To the felt absence now I feel a cause. Is it come to this? Well, well. Cas.
Go to! woman, Throw your vile guesses in the devil's teeth, From whence you have them. You are jealous, now, That this is from some mistress, some remembrance. No, in good troth, Bianca. Bian.
Why, whose is it? Cas. I know not, sweet; I found it in my chamber. I like the work well ; ere it be demanded, (As like enough it will,) I'd have it copied. Take it, and do’t; and leave me for this time.
Bian. Leave you! wherefore ?
Cas. I do attend here on the general ;
Why, I pray you?
But that you do not love me 1
pray you, bring me on the way a little ; And say if I shall see you soon at night.
Cas. 'Tis but a little way that I can bring you,
1 i. e. copy this work in another handkerchief. 2 This and the following speech are wanting in the first quarto.
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Iago. Will you think so ?
Think so, lago?
What? To kiss in private ? Oth.
An unauthorized kiss. Iago. Or to be naked with her friend abed, An hour, or more, not meaning any harm?
Oth. Naked abed, Iago, and not mean harm? It is hypocrisy against the devil
. They that mean virtuously, and yet do so, , The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt Heaven.
Iago. So they do nothing, 'tis a venial slip;
Oth. What then ?
Oth. She is protectress of her honor too ;
Iago. Her honor is an essence that's not seen;
Oth. By Heaven, I would most gladly have forgot
Thou said'st,--0, it comes o'er my memory,
Iago. Ay, what of that?
That's not so good, now.
1 The raven was thought to be a constant attendant on a house infected with the plague.
Iago. What if I had said I had seen him do you
Hath he said any thing ?
What hath he said?
With her ?
With her, on her; what you will.
[Falls in a trance.
1 For supplied, Theobald would here read suppled, i. e. softened,
66 And did supply thee at the summer-house."
3.6 The starts and broken reflections in this speech (says Warburton)
There is a difference of opinion between the commentators; some thinking, with Warburton, that the words “ Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing passion, without some instruction,” allude to his own feelings; others, that they advert to the story about Cassio's dream, which had been invented and told him by Iago.
And many worthy and chaste dames, even thus,
My lord, I say! Othello! How now, Cassio ?
Cas. What is the matter?
Cas. Rub him about the temples.
[Exit CASSIO How is it, general ? have you not hurt your head ?
Oth. Dost thou mock me?
I mock you! no, by Heaven ; 'Would you would bear your fortunes like a man.
Oth. A horned man's a monster, and a beast.
Oth. Did he confess it?
Good sir, be a man;
Oth. O, thou art wise ; 'tis certain.
1 Unproper for common.
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