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OTHELLO

Ay, ’twas he that told me on her first.
160An honest man he is, and hates the slime
That sticks on filthy deeds.

OTHELLO

Yes, he’s the one who first told me about her. He’s an honest man who detests evil actions.

EMILIA

    My husband!

EMILIA

My husband?

OTHELLO

What needs this iterance, woman? I say thy husband.

OTHELLO

Why do you keep repeating that, woman? I’m telling you, your husband.

EMILIA

O mistress, villainy hath made mocks with love!
My husband say that she was false!

EMILIA

Oh, my mistress, a villain has made a mockery of your love! My husband said she was unfaithful!

OTHELLO

      He, woman.
165I say “thy husband”—dost understand the word?
My friend, thy husband, honest, honest Iago.

OTHELLO

Yes, him, woman. I said “your husband.”—Do you understand that word? My friend, your husband, the honest, honest Iago.

EMILIA

If he say so, may his pernicious soul
Rot half a grain a day! He lies to th' heart.
She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.

EMILIA

If he said that, then I hope his malicious soul rots in hell forever. He’s lying through his teeth! She was too attached to her filthy marriage ever to do a thing like that!
OTHELLO draws his sword
OTHELLO draws his sword.

OTHELLO

170Ha!

OTHELLO

Ha!

EMILIA

Do thy worst.
This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven
Than thou wast worthy her.

EMILIA

Go ahead, do your worst. Killing me won’t send you to heaven. You weren’t good enough for her.

OTHELLO

    Peace, you were best.

OTHELLO

You’d better shut up!

EMILIA

Thou hast not half that power to do me harm
175As I have to be hurt. O gull! O dolt!
As ignorant as dirt! Thou hast done a deed—
I care not for thy sword, I’ll make thee known

EMILIA

I can endure far more pain than you could ever give me! Oh, you idiot! You stupid fool! As dumb as dirt! You’ve committed a terrible evil—I’m not afraid of your sword. I’ll tell everyone what you did, even if it