Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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And ever will—though he do shake me off
To beggarly divorcement—love him dearly,
Comfort forswear me! Unkindness may do much,
165And his unkindness may defeat my life,
But never taint my love. I cannot say “whore,”
It does abhor me now I speak the word.
To do the act that might the addition earn
Not the world’s mass of vanity could make me.
then I hope I have a life of misery! Unkindness is powerful, and his unkindness may kill me, but it’ll never destroy my love. I can’t say “whore.” It makes me sick to say the word even now. I wouldn’t do the thing that would make me a whore for all the money in the world.

IAGO

170I pray you, be content, ’tis but his humor.
The business of the state does him offence,
And he does chide with you.

IAGO

Please calm down. He’s just in a bad mood. Political business is bothering him, and he’s just taking it out on you.

DESDEMONA

If ’twere no other—

DESDEMONA

If only that were all it is—

IAGO

'Tis but so, I warrant.

IAGO

It is, I promise.
Trumpets sound
Trumpets sound.
175Hark, how these instruments summon to supper.
The messengers of Venice stays the meat.
Go in, and weep not. All things shall be well.
Those trumpets are calling us in to dinner. The Venetians are waiting for their food. Go in, and don’t cry. Everything will be all right.
Exeunt DESDEMONA and EMILIA
DESDEMONA and EMILIA exit.
Enter RODERIGO
RODERIGO enters.
How now, Roderigo!
How are you, Roderigo?

RODERIGO

I do not find that thou deal’st justly with me.

RODERIGO

I don’t think you’re treating me fairly.

IAGO

180What in the contrary?

IAGO

What makes you say that?

RODERIGO

Every day thou daff’st me with some device, Iago, and rather, as it seems to me now, keep’st from me all conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope.

RODERIGO

Every day you put me off with some trick. Instead of finding opportunities for me, you seem to be preventing me from making any progress.