Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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DESDEMONA

With who?

DESDEMONA

With who?

EMILIA

  Why, with my lord, madam.

EMILIA

Why, with your husband, madam. My lord.

DESDEMONA

105Who is thy lord?

DESDEMONA

Who’s your lord?

EMILIA

  He that is yours, sweet lady.

EMILIA

My lord is your lord.

DESDEMONA

I have none. Do not talk to me, Emilia.
I cannot weep, nor answers have I none,
But what should go by water. Prithee, tonight
Lay on my bed my wedding sheets. Remember,
110And call thy husband hither.

DESDEMONA

I don’t have a lord. Don’t talk to me, Emilia. I can’t even cry, though tears are the only answers I could give to all your questions. Tonight put my wedding sheets on my bed, and tell your husband to come to me now.

EMILIA

    Here’s a change indeed!

EMILIA

Things have certainly changed!
Exit
EMILIA exits.

DESDEMONA

'Tis meet I should be used so, very meet.
How have I been behaved that he might stick
The small’st opinion on my least misuse?

DESDEMONA

It’s fair for him to treat me like this, very fair. What have I ever done that he has anything to complain about?
Enter EMILIA with IAGO
IAGO and EMILIA enter.

IAGO

What is your pleasure, madam? How is ’t with you?

IAGO

What can I do for you, madam? How are you?

DESDEMONA

115I cannot tell. Those that do teach young babes
Do it with gentle means and easy tasks.
He might have chid me so, for, in good faith,
I am a child to chiding.

DESDEMONA

I don’t know. When grown-ups teach little children, they do it gently and easily. He might have treated me like that, because I’m as unused to abuse as a little child.

IAGO

    What is the matter, lady?

IAGO

What’s the matter, lady?