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?