Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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IAGO

Her honor is an essence that’s not seen,
They have it very oft that have it not.
But for the handkerchief—

IAGO

You can’t see a reputation. A lot of people don’t even deserve the reputations they have. But a handkerchief—

OTHELLO

By heaven, I would most gladly have forgot it.
20Thou saidst—Oh, it comes o'er my memory,
As doth the raven o'er the infectious house,
Boding to all—he had my handkerchief.

OTHELLO

God, I wish I could forget about the handkerchief! What you told me it haunts me like a nightmare—he’s got my handkerchief!

IAGO

Ay, what of that?

IAGO

Yes, what about it?

OTHELLO

  That’s not so good now.

OTHELLO

That’s not good.

IAGO

What if I had said I had seen him do you wrong?
25Or heard him say—as knaves be such abroad,
Who having, by their own importunate suit,
Or voluntary dotage of some mistress,
Convincèd or supplied them, cannot choose
But they must blab—

IAGO

What if I’d said I saw him do something to hurt you? Or heard him say something about it. You know there are jerks out there who have to brag about bedding some woman.—

OTHELLO

    Hath he said any thing?

OTHELLO

Has he said anything?

IAGO

30He hath, my lord, but be you well assured
No more than he’ll unswear.

IAGO

Yes, but he’d deny it all.

OTHELLO

    What hath he said?

OTHELLO

What did he say?

IAGO

Why, that he did—I know not what he did.

IAGO

He said he did—I don’t know.

OTHELLO

What? what?

OTHELLO

He what?

IAGO

  Lie—

IAGO

He was in bed with—

OTHELLO

  With her?

OTHELLO

With her?