Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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DESDEMONA
Emilia, come.—Be as your fancies teach you.
Whate'er you be, I am obedient.
DESDEMONA
Come here, Emilia.—Do whatever you feel like doing, my husband, and I’ll obey you.
Exeunt DESDEMONA and EMILIA
DESDEMONA and EMILIA exit.
OTHELLO
90Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee! And when I love thee not
Chaos is come again.
OTHELLO
What a wonderful girl! God help me, I love you! And when I stop loving you, the universe will fall back into the chaos that was there when time began.
IAGO
My noble lord—
IAGO
My noble lord—
OTHELLO
What dost thou say, Iago?
OTHELLO
What is it, Iago?
IAGO
95Did Michael Cassio, when you wooed my lady,
Know of your love?
IAGO
When you were wooing Desdemona, did Michael Cassio know about it?
OTHELLO
He did, from first to last.
Why dost thou ask?
OTHELLO
Yes, he knew about it the whole time. Why do you ask?
IAGO
But for a satisfaction of my thought,
100No further harm.
IAGO
I was just curious. No reason.
OTHELLO
    Why of thy thought, Iago?
OTHELLO
Why are you curious, Iago?
IAGO
I did not think he had been acquainted with her.
IAGO
I didn’t realize he knew her.
OTHELLO
Oh, yes, and went between us very oft.
OTHELLO
Oh, yes. He carried messages back and forth between us very often.
IAGO
Indeed?
IAGO
Oh, really?
OTHELLO
Indeed? Ay, indeed! Discern’st thou aught in that?
105Is he not honest?
OTHELLO
Oh, really? Yes, really. Do you see something wrong with that? Isn’t he an honest man?
IAGO
Honest, my lord?
IAGO
Honest, my lord?