Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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Wooed me to steal it, but she so loves the token
(For he conjured her she should ever keep it)
That she reserves it evermore about her
305To kiss and talk to. I’ll have the work ta'en out
And give ’t Iago. What he will do with it
Heaven knows, not I.
I nothing but to please his fantasy.
hundred times. But she loves it so much (since Othello told her she should always keep it with her) that she always keeps it near her to kiss it and talk to it. I’ll copy the embroidery pattern and then give it to Iago. Heaven knows what he’s going to do with it. I only try to satisfy his whims.
Enter IAGO
IAGO enters.

IAGO

How now! What do you here alone?

IAGO

What’s going on? What are you doing here alone?

EMILIA

310Do not you chide. I have a thing for you.

EMILIA

Don’t snap at me. I’ve got something for you.

IAGO

A thing for me? It is a common thing—

IAGO

EMILIA

Ha?

EMILIA

What?

IAGO

To have a foolish wife.

IAGO

—to have a stupid wife.

EMILIA

Oh, is that all? What will you give me now
315For the same handkerchief?

EMILIA

Oh, is that so? And what would you give me for the handkerchief?

IAGO

What handkerchief?

IAGO

What handkerchief?

EMILIA

What handkerchief?
Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona,
That which so often you did bid me steal.

EMILIA

What handkerchief? The one the Moor gave to Desdemona, which you asked me to steal so many times.

IAGO

320Hast stolen it from her?

IAGO

You stole it from her?

EMILIA

No, but she let it drop by negligence
And, to th' advantage, I being here, took ’t up.
Look, here it is.

EMILIA

No, actually. She dropped it carelessly, and, seizing the opportunity, since I was here, I picked it up. Look, here it is.