Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

page Act 3 Scene 3 Page 19

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Their affairs. One of this kind is Cassio.
In sleep I heard him say “Sweet Desdemona,
Let us be wary, let us hide our loves.”
430And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand,
Cry “O sweet creature!” and then kiss me hard,
As if he plucked up kisses by the roots
That grew upon my lips, lay his leg
Over my thigh, and sigh, and kiss, and then
435Cry “Cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor!”
kissed me hard, as if he were trying to suck my lips off. Then he put his leg over mine, and sighed and kissed me, and said, “Damn fate for giving you to the Moor!”

OTHELLO

Oh, monstrous! Monstrous!

OTHELLO

Oh, that’s monstrous! Monstrous!

IAGO

Nay, this was but his dream.

IAGO

No, it was just a dream.

OTHELLO

But this denoted a foregone conclusion.

OTHELLO

But it shows that something has already happened.

IAGO

'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream.
440And this may help to thicken other proofs
That do demonstrate thinly.

IAGO

It’s a reason for suspicion, even though it’s just a dream. And it might back up other evidence that may seem too flimsy.

OTHELLO

    I’ll tear her all to pieces!

OTHELLO

I’ll tear her to pieces!

IAGO

Nay, yet be wise, yet we see nothing done,
She may be honest yet. Tell me but this,
Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief
445Spotted with strawberries in your wife’s hand?

IAGO

No, be reasonable. We don’t have any proof yet. She might still be faithful. Just tell me this: have you ever seen her holding a handkerchief with an embroidered strawberry pattern on it?

OTHELLO

I gave her such a one, ’twas my first gift.

OTHELLO

Yes, I gave her one like that. It was my first gift to her.

IAGO

I know not that, but such a handkerchief—
I am sure it was your wife’s—did I today
See Cassio wipe his beard with.

IAGO

I don’t know about that, but I saw a handkerchief like that today. I’m sure it belongs to your wife, and I saw Cassio use it to wipe his beard.

OTHELLO

    If it be that—

OTHELLO

If it’s the same one—

IAGO

450If it be that, or any that was hers,
It speaks against her with the other proofs.

IAGO

If it’s the same one, or any one that belongs to her, then together with the other evidence it’s pretty strong.