Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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IAGO

  A good wench, give it me.

IAGO

Good girl, give it to me.

EMILIA

What will you do with ’t, that you have been so earnest
325To have me filch it?

EMILIA

And what are you going to do with it? Why did you want it so much that you begged me to steal it?

IAGO

  Why, what is that to you?

IAGO

What’s it to you?

EMILIA

If it be not for some purpose of import,
Give ’t me again. Poor lady, she’ll run mad
When she shall lack it.

EMILIA

If you don’t need it for some important reason, then give it back to me. Poor lady, she’ll go crazy when she sees it’s missing.

IAGO

Be not acknown on ’t,
330I have use for it. Go, leave me.

IAGO

Don’t admit to knowing anything about it. I need it. Now go, leave me.
Exit EMILIA
EMILIA exits.
I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin
And let him find it. Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ. This may do something.
335The Moor already changes with my poison.
Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons
Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
But with a little act upon the blood
Burn like the mines of sulfur.
I’ll leave this handkerchief at Cassio’s house and let him find it.To a jealous man, a meaningless little thing like this looks like absolute proof. This handkerchief may be useful to me. The Moor’s mind has already become infected with my poisonous suggestions. Ideas can be like poisons. At first they hardly even taste bad, but once they get into your blood they start burning like hot lava.
Enter OTHELLO
OTHELLO enters.
    I did say so.
340Look, where he comes. Not poppy nor mandragora
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou owedst yesterday.
Here he comes. No drugs or sleeping pills will ever give you the restful sleep that you had last night.

OTHELLO

    Ha! Ha! False to me?

OTHELLO

Argh! She’s cheating on me?

IAGO

Why, how now, general? No more of that.

IAGO

Oh, general, please, no more of that!