Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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IAGO

I see, sir, you are eaten up with passion.
I do repent me that I put it to you.
You would be satisfied?

IAGO

I see you’re all eaten up with emotion. I’m sorry I said anything. You want proof?

OTHELLO

    Would? Nay, and I will.

OTHELLO

Want? Yes, I want it, and I’ll get it.

IAGO

And may, but how? How satisfied, my lord?
405Would you, the supervisor, grossly gape on,
Behold her topped?

IAGO

But how? How will you get proof? Are you going to hide and watch them having sex?

OTHELLO

  Death and damnation! Oh!

OTHELLO

Death and damnation! Oh!

IAGO

It were a tedious difficulty, I think,
To bring them to that prospect. Damn them then,
If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster
410More than their own! What then? How then?
What shall I say? Where’s satisfaction?
It is impossible you should see this,
Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys,
As salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross
415As ignorance made drunk. But yet, I say,
If imputation and strong circumstances
Which lead directly to the door of truth
Will give you satisfaction, you may have ’t.

IAGO

I think it would be very hard to arrange for them to have sex while you watched. If anyone sees them in bed together besides themselves, I guess we could damn them then. So what can we do? What can I say? What proof is there? It’d be impossible for you to watch them, even if they were as horny as animals in heat and as stupid as drunks. But if you would be willing to accept circumstantial evidence as proof, we can get that.

OTHELLO

Give me a living reason she’s disloyal.

OTHELLO

Give me one good reason to think she’s cheating on me.

IAGO

420I do not like the office.
But, sith I am entered in this cause so far,
Pricked to ’t by foolish honesty and love,
I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately
And, being troubled with a raging tooth,
425I could not sleep. There are a kind of men
So loose of soul that in their sleeps will mutter

IAGO

I don’t like what you’re asking me to do. But since I’ve gotten myself involved this far, because I’m so stupidly honest and because I like you so much, I’ll keep going. I recently shared a bed with Cassio, and I couldn’t sleep because of a raging toothache. Well, some people talk in their sleep, and Cassio is one of them. I heard him saying, “Sweet Desdemona, let’s be careful and hide our love,” in his sleep. And then he grabbed my hand and said, “Oh, my darling!” and