Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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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?