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.