Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter OTHELLO and EMILIA
OTHELLO and EMILIA enter.

OTHELLO

You have seen nothing then?

OTHELLO

You haven’t seen anything, then?

EMILIA

Nor ever heard, nor ever did suspect.

EMILIA

No, and I didn’t hear anything either, or suspect anything at all.

OTHELLO

Yes, you have seen Cassio and she together.

OTHELLO

But you’ve seen her and Cassio together.

EMILIA

But then I saw no harm, and then I heard
5Each syllable that breath made up between them.

EMILIA

Yes, but I didn’t see anything wrong, and I heard every syllable they said.

OTHELLO

What, did they never whisper?

OTHELLO

Didn’t they ever whisper?

EMILIA

Never, my lord.

EMILIA

Never, my lord.

OTHELLO

Nor send you out o' th' way?

OTHELLO

Or ask you to leave the room?

EMILIA

Never.

EMILIA

Never.

OTHELLO

10To fetch her fan, her gloves, her mask, nor nothing?

OTHELLO

Not even to get her fan, or her gloves, or her mask, or anything?

EMILIA

Never, my lord.

EMILIA

No, my lord.

OTHELLO

That’s strange.

OTHELLO

That’s strange.

EMILIA

I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest,
Lay down my soul at stake. If you think other
15Remove your thought, it doth abuse your bosom.
If any wretch have put this in your head
Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse
For if she be not honest, chaste, and true
There’s no man happy. The purest of their wives
20Is foul as slander.

EMILIA

I’d swear to you on my soul that she’s a good, honest person, sir. If you suspect otherwise, stop thinking that right now because you’re wrong. If any jerk has tried to convince you she’s bad, I hope God curses him. If she’s not honest, faithful, and true, then there’s no such thing as a faithful wife or a happy husband.