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Much castigation, exercise devout,
For here’s a young and sweating devil here,
35That commonly rebels. 'Tis a good hand,
A frank one.
fast and pray to stave off temptations. Someone with a young sweating hand like this one is bound to act up sooner or later. It’s a nice hand, an open one.

DESDEMONA

  You may indeed say so,
For ’twas that hand that gave away my heart.

DESDEMONA

You’re right to say that. This was the hand that gave you my heart.

OTHELLO

A liberal hand. The hearts of old gave hands,
But our new heraldry is hands, not hearts.

OTHELLO

This hand gives itself away very freely. In the old days, people used to give their hearts to each other when they joined their hands in marriage. But these days, people give each other their hands without their hearts.

DESDEMONA

40I cannot speak of this. Come now, your promise.

DESDEMONA

I don’t know about that. Now, don’t forget, you promised me something.

OTHELLO

What promise, chuck?

OTHELLO

What did I promise, my dear?

DESDEMONA

I have sent to bid Cassio come speak with you.

DESDEMONA

I sent for Cassio to come talk with you.

OTHELLO

I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me.
Lend me thy handkerchief.

OTHELLO

I have a bad cold that’s bothering me. Lend me your handkerchief.

DESDEMONA

    Here, my lord.

DESDEMONA

Here, my lord.

OTHELLO

45That which I gave you.

OTHELLO

No, the one I gave you.

DESDEMONA

    I have it not about me.

DESDEMONA

I don’t have it with me.

OTHELLO

Not?

OTHELLO

You don’t?

DESDEMONA

 No, indeed, my lord.

DESDEMONA

No, my lord.

OTHELLO

    That’s a fault. That handkerchief
Did an Egyptian to my mother give,
She was a charmer and could almost read

OTHELLO

That’s not good. An Egyptian woman gave that handkerchief to my mother. She was a witch, and she could