Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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He will recover straight. When he is gone
I would on great occasion speak with you.
better right away. When he leaves, it’s very important that I talk to you.
Exit CASSIO
CASSIO exits.
How is it, general? Have you not hurt your head?
What happened, general? Did you hit your head?

OTHELLO

50Dost thou mock me?

OTHELLO

Are you making fun of me?

IAGO

    I mock you not, by heaven.
Would you would bear your fortune like a man!

IAGO

Making fun of you? No, I swear! I wish you could face your bad news like a man!

OTHELLO

A hornèd man’s a monster and a beast.

OTHELLO

A man who’s been cheated on isn’t a real man. He’s subhuman, like an animal.

IAGO

There’s many a beast then in a populous city,
And many a civil monster.

IAGO

In that case there are a lot of animals on the loose in this city.

OTHELLO

55Did he confess it?

OTHELLO

Did he confess?

IAGO

  Good sir, be a man,
Think every bearded fellow that’s but yoked
May draw with you. There’s millions now alive
That nightly lie in those unproper beds
Which they dare swear peculiar. Your case is better.
60Oh, ’tis the spite of hell, the fiend’s arch-mock,
To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
And to suppose her chaste. No, let me know,
And knowing what I am, I know what she shall be.

IAGO

Sir, be a man. Every married man has been cheated on. Millions of men sleep with wives who cheat on them, wrongly believing they belong to them alone. Your case is better than that. At least you’re not ignorant. The worst thing of all is to kiss your wife thinking she’s innocent, when in fact she’s a whore. No, I’d rather know the truth. Then I’ll know exactly what she is, just as I know what I am.

OTHELLO

Oh, thou art wise! 'Tis certain.

OTHELLO

You’re wise! That’s for sure.

IAGO

    Stand you awhile apart,
65Confine yourself but in a patient list.
Whilst you were here o'erwhelmèd with your grief—
A passion most resulting such a man—
Cassio came hither. I shifted him away
And laid good ’scuses upon your ecstasy,

IAGO

Go somewhere else for a while. Calm down. While you were dazed by grief—which isn’t appropriate for a man like you—Cassio showed up here. I got him to leave, and made up an excuse for your trance. I told him to come back and talk to me in a bit, and he promised he would. So hide here and watch how he sneers