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No Fear Act 4 Scene 1
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OTHELLO

(advancing) How shall I murder him, Iago?

OTHELLO

(coming forward) How should I murder him, Iago?

IAGO

Did you perceive how he laughed at his vice?

IAGO

Did you see how he laughed about sleeping with her?

OTHELLO

O Iago!

OTHELLO

Oh Iago!

IAGO

And did you see the handkerchief?

IAGO

And did you see the handkerchief?

OTHELLO

140Was that mine?

OTHELLO

Was it mine?

IAGO

Yours by this hand. And to see how he prizes the foolish woman your wife! She gave it him, and he hath given it his whore.

IAGO

It was yours, I swear. And do you see how much your foolish wife means to him? She gave it to him, and he gave it to his whore.

OTHELLO

I would have him nine years a-killing. A fine woman! A fair woman! A sweet woman!

OTHELLO

I wish I could keep killing him for nine years straight. Oh, she’s a fine woman! A fair woman! A sweet woman!

IAGO

Nay, you must forget that.

IAGO

No, you have to forget all that now.

OTHELLO

Ay, let her rot and perish and be damned tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned to stone. I strike it and it hurts my hand. Oh, the world hath not a sweeter creature, she might lie by an emperor’s side and command him tasks.

OTHELLO

Yes, let her die and rot and go to hell tonight. She won’t stay alive for long. No, my heart’s turned to stone—when I hit it, it hurts my hand. Oh, the world never saw a sweeter creature. She could be married to an emperor, and he’d be like her slave!

IAGO

145Nay, that’s not your way.

IAGO

But that’s not how you’re going to be.

OTHELLO

Hang her! I do but say what she is. So delicate with her needle, an admirable musician. Oh, she will sing the savageness out of a bear! Of so high and plenteous wit and invention!

OTHELLO

Damn her, I’m just describing her truthfully! She’s so good at sewing, and a wonderful musician. Oh, she could sing a wild bear to sleep! Oh, she’s so witty and creative!

IAGO

She’s the worse for all this.

IAGO

All the worse that she stooped this low, then.