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DESDEMONA

    I ne'er saw this before.
90Sure, there’s some wonder in this handkerchief,
I am most unhappy in the loss of it.

DESDEMONA

I never saw him like this before. There must be some magic in that handkerchief. I’m miserable that I lost it.

EMILIA

'Tis not a year or two shows us a man.
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food.
To eat us hungerly, and when they are full,
95They belch us. Look you, Cassio and my husband!

EMILIA

Men are all the same, but it takes longer than a year or two to see how bad they are. They’re like stomachs and we’re just the food. They eat us up hungrily, and when they’re full, they vomit us up. Look, here comes Cassio and my husband.
Enter CASSIO and IAGO
IAGO and CASSIO enter.

IAGO

There is no other way. 'Tis she must do ’t,
And, lo, the happiness! Go and importune her.

IAGO

There’s no other way. She’s the one who’s got to do it. And what luck, she’s here! Go ahead and ask her.

DESDEMONA

How now, good Cassio, what’s the news with you?

DESDEMONA

Hello, Cassio. How are you?

CASSIO

Madam, my former suit. I do beseech you
100That by your virtuous means I may again
Exist, and be a member of his love
Whom I, with all the office of my heart
Entirely honor. I would not be delayed.
If my offence be of such mortal kind
105That nor my service past, nor present sorrows,
Nor purposed merit in futurity,
Can ransom me into his love again,
But to know so must be my benefit.
So shall I clothe me in a forced content,
110And shut myself up in some other course,
To fortune’s alms.

CASSIO

Nothing, madam. Just my earlier request. I’m begging you to help me get back on his good side. I’m devoted to him with all my heart. I can’t wait any longer. If my wrongdoing was so serious that I can’t get back into his good graces either by my past service, or my present situation, or the promise of devoted service in the future, just knowing that would help me. Then I could stop wondering, and find some other career.