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In my whole course of wooing, thou cry'dst, In.
Iago. My lord, you know I love you.
I think, thou dost: And, for I know thou art full of love and ho
nesty, And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them
breath,Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more: For such things, in a false disloyal knave, Are tricks of custom; but, in a man that's just, They are close denotements, working from the heart, That passion cannot rule. Iago.
For Michael Cassio,I dare be sworn, I think that he is honest.
Oth. I think so too.
Men should be what they seem; Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none!
Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem.
Why then, I think that Cassio is an honest man.
Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this : I pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of
thoughts The worst of words. lago.
Good my lord, pardon me; Though I am bound to every act of duty,
I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.
Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
I do beseech you,
What dost thou mean? Iago. Good name, in man, and woman, dear my
lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something,
nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he, that filches from me my good naine,
Robs me of that, which not enriches him,
heart were in Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
lago. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on: That cuckold lives in bliss, Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, 0, what damned minutes tells he o'er, Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves!
Oth. O misery!
lago. Poor, and content, is rich, and rich enough; But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter, To him that ever fears he shall be poor :Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend From jealousy! Oth,
Why? why is this? Think'st thou, I'd make a life of jealousy, To follow still the changes of the moon With fresh suspicions? No: to be once in doubt, Is-once to be resolv’d: Exchange me for a goat, When I shall turn the business of
soul To such exsufficate and blown surmises, Matching thy inference, 'Tis not to make me jealous, To say--my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well; Where virtue is, these are more virtuous:6 Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw
5 Endless, unbounded.
The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt;
Iago. I am glad of this, for now I shall have reason
science Is—not to leave undone, but keep unknown.
Oth. Dost thou say so?
Tago. She did deceive her father, marrying you; And, when she seem'd to shake, and fear your looks, She lov'd them most. Oth.
And so she did. lago.
Why, go to, then; She that, so young, could give out such a seeming," To seel 8 her father's eyes up, close as oak,He thought, 'twas witchcraft :-But I am much to
blame; I humbly do beseech you of your pardon,
Appearance. 8 An expression from falconry: to seel a hawk is to sew up his eye-lids.
For too much loving you.
I am bound to thee for ever.
Trust me, I fear it has.
Oth. I will not.
Should you do so, my lord,
friend :My lord, I see you are mov’d. Oth.
No, not much mov'd:I do not think but Desdemona's honest. Iago. Long live she so ! and long live you to think