Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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OTHELLO

85Are you not a strumpet?

OTHELLO

So you’re saying you’re not a whore?

DESDEMONA

No, as I am a Christian.
If to preserve this vessel for my lord
From any other foul unlawful touch
Be not to be a strumpet, I am none.

DESDEMONA

No, I’m as honest as I am Christian. If only letting my husband touch my body means I’m not a whore, I’m not a whore.

OTHELLO

90What, not a whore?

OTHELLO

What, you’re not a whore?

DESDEMONA

  No, as I shall be saved.

DESDEMONA

No, I swear it.

OTHELLO

Is ’t possible?

OTHELLO

Is that possible?

DESDEMONA

Oh, heaven forgive us!

DESDEMONA

Oh, heaven help us!

OTHELLO

I cry you mercy, then,
I took you for that cunning whore of Venice
95That married with Othello.—You, mistress,
That have the office opposite to Saint Peter
And keep the gate of hell!

OTHELLO

I beg your pardon then. I must have the wrong woman. I mistook you for that sly Venetian woman who married Othello.—You whorehouse-keeper.
Enter EMILIA
EMILIA enters.
    You, you, ay, you!
We have done our course. There’s money for your pains.
I pray you, turn the key and keep our counsel.
You’re in charge of this hell! You! We’ve finished our business. Here’s some money for you. Please lock the door and keep quiet.
Exit
OTHELLO exits.

EMILIA

100Alas, what does this gentleman conceive?
How do you, madam? How do you, my good lady?

EMILIA

What’s he talking about? How are you, madam?

DESDEMONA

Faith, half asleep.

DESDEMONA

I’m stunned, to tell you the truth.

EMILIA

Good madam, what’s the matter with my lord?

EMILIA

My lady, what’s wrong with your husband?