Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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DESDEMONA

And have you mercy too! I never did
Offend you in my life, never loved Cassio
But with such general warranty of heaven
As I might love. I never gave him token.

DESDEMONA

And you have mercy on me too! I never did anything wrong to you in my life. I never loved Cassio, except with the pure love that I feel for humankind. I never gave him any token of romantic love.

OTHELLO

70By heaven, I saw my handkerchief in ’s hand.
O perjured woman, thou dost stone my heart,
And mak’st me call what I intend to do
A murder, which I thought a sacrifice!
I saw the handkerchief.

OTHELLO

I saw him holding the handkerchief! You liar, you’re turning my heart to stone, and making me call what I’ll do murder, when I had been thinking of it as a sacrifice! I saw the handkerchief.

DESDEMONA

    He found it then,
75I never gave it him. Send for him hither,
Let him confess a truth.

DESDEMONA

He found it somewhere, then. I never gave it to him. Tell him to come here. He’ll tell the truth.

OTHELLO

    He hath confessed.

OTHELLO

He’s already done so.

DESDEMONA

What, my lord?

DESDEMONA

What, my lord?

OTHELLO

  That he hath usèd thee.

OTHELLO

That he had sex with you.

DESDEMONA

How? Unlawfully?

DESDEMONA

What? Had sex with me?

OTHELLO

Ay.

OTHELLO

Yes.

DESDEMONA

80He will not say so.

DESDEMONA

He wouldn’t say that.

OTHELLO

No, his mouth is stopped. Honest Iago
Hath ta'en order for ’t.

OTHELLO

No. He won’t say anything anymore. Honest Iago’s arranged that.

DESDEMONA

Oh! My fear interprets. What, is he dead?

DESDEMONA

Oh, I’m scared. What, is he dead?

OTHELLO

Had all his hairs been lives
85My great revenge had stomach for them all.

OTHELLO

If he had as many lives as he’s got hairs on his head, I would’ve killed them all in revenge.