Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift,
25I’ll intermingle everything he does
With Cassio’s suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio,
For thy solicitor shall rather die
Than give thy cause away.
of patience. He will think that his bed has become a conference table for discussing your problem—he won’t be able to get away from it. I’ll bring up your name at every moment. So cheer up. I’m your advocate, and I’d rather die than give up on you.
Enter OTHELLO and IAGO
OTHELLO and IAGO enter.

EMILIA

    Madam, here comes my lord.

EMILIA

Madam, here comes your husband.

CASSIO

Madam, I’ll take my leave.

CASSIO

Madam, I’d better leave now.

DESDEMONA

    Why, stay and hear me speak.

DESDEMONA

Why not stay and hear me talk to him?

CASSIO

30Madam, not now. I am very ill at ease,
Unfit for mine own purposes.

CASSIO

No, madam. I’m very uncomfortable, and that won’t help my case.

DESDEMONA

Well, do your discretion.

DESDEMONA

Well, do whatever you think best.
Exit CASSIO
CASSIO exits.

IAGO

Ha! I like not that.

IAGO

Hey! I don’t like that.

OTHELLO

What dost thou say?

OTHELLO

What did you say?

IAGO

35Nothing, my lord, or if—I know not what.

IAGO

Nothing, my lord, or if I did—I don’t know what.

OTHELLO

Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?

OTHELLO

Wasn’t that Cassio leaving my wife?

IAGO

Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it
That he would steal away so guilty-like
Seeing you coming.

IAGO

Cassio, my lord? No, I don’t think so. He wouldn’t sneak away looking so guilty when he saw you coming.

OTHELLO

40I do believe ’twas he.

OTHELLO

I really think it was him.