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Nor to comply with heat the young affects
In my defunct and proper satisfaction,
260But to be free and bounteous to her mind,
And heaven defend your good souls, that you think
I will your serious and great business scant
When she is with me. No, when light-winged toys
Of feathered Cupid seel with wanton dullness
265My speculative and officed instrument,
That my disports corrupt and taint my business,
Let housewives make a skillet of my helm
And all indign and base adversities
Make head against my estimation.
urges are dead. I want this because she wants it—I love her for her mind. And I’d never want you to think that I’d neglect my serious official duties while she was there with me. If I ever let love blind me so that I choose to lounge around in bed with my loved one instead of going off to war, then you can let a housewife use my helmet as a frying pan. My reputation would be disgraced if I ever acted like that.

DUKE

270Be it as you shall privately determine,
Either for her stay or going. Th' affair cries haste
And speed must answer it.

DUKE

You can decide that privately. I don’t care whether she stays or goes. What’s important is the urgency of this mission. You’ve got to act fast.

FIRST SENATOR

    You must away tonight.

FIRST SENATOR

You’ll have to leave tonight.

OTHELLO

With all my heart.

OTHELLO

With all my heart, I’ll go right away.

DUKE

At nine i' th' morning here we’ll meet again.
275Othello, leave some officer behind
And he shall our commission bring to you,
And such things else of quality and respect
As doth import you.

DUKE

We’ll meet again at nine in the morning. Othello, have one of your officers stay behind to bring you your commission and whatever else is important to you.

OTHELLO

    So please your grace, my ancient.
A man he is of honesty and trust.
280To his conveyance I assign my wife,
With what else needful your good grace shall think
To be sent after me.

OTHELLO

My lord, my ensign is an honest and trustworthy man. He’ll accompany my wife, and bring whatever else you think I might need.