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  Act 5 Scene 2

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IAGO

Demand me nothing. What you know, you know.
From this time forth I never will speak word.

IAGO

Don’t ask me anything. You know what you know. From this moment on, I’ll never say another word.

LODOVICO

What, not to pray?

LODOVICO

What, not even to pray?

GRATIANO

Torments will ope your lips.

GRATIANO

Torture will make you talk.

OTHELLO

320Well, thou dost best.

OTHELLO

Well, do your best.

LODOVICO

Sir, you shall understand what hath befall'n,
Which, as I think, you know not. Here is a letter
Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo,
And here another. The one of them imports
325The death of Cassio to be undertook
By Roderigo.

LODOVICO

Sir, you’ll understand everything that has happened. I don’t think you know now. Here is a letter we found in Roderigo’s pocket. And here’s another. This one talks about how Roderigo should kill Cassio.

OTHELLO

Oh, villain!

OTHELLO

Oh, you villain!

CASSIO

Most heathenish and most gross!

CASSIO

Ungodly and monstrous!

LODOVICO

Now here’s another discontented paper
330Found in his pocket too, and this, it seems,
Roderigo meant to have sent this damnèd villain
But that, belike, Iago in the interim
Came in and satisfied him.

LODOVICO

Here’s another letter from his pocket, addressed to Iago and full of complaints. We think he was going to send it to Iago, but then Iago stepped in and answered his complaints by killing him.

OTHELLO

O thou pernicious caitiff!
335How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief
That was my wife’s?

OTHELLO

Oh, you wicked scoundrel! Cassio, how did you get my wife’s handkerchief?

CASSIO

    I found it in my chamber,
And he himself confessed but even now
That there he dropped it for a special purpose
Which wrought to his desire.

CASSIO

I found it in my room, and Iago just confessed that he put it there for his own purposes.