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Oth. With mine officer!
Oth. Get me some poison, lago, this night; I'll not expostulate with her, lest her body and her beauty unprovide my mind again : this night, Iago.
Iago. Do it not with poison, strangle her in her Even in the bed she hath contaminated. [bed:
Oth. Good, good:
Iago. And for Cassio, let me be his undertaker: You shall hear no more by midnight.
[A trumpet within. Oth. Excellent good.—What trumpet is that same ?
(Lodovico, Iago. Something from Venice, sure. - 'Tis Come from the duke: and, see, your wife is with
him. Enter Lodovico, (69) DESDEMONA, and Attend
ants, from the Palace. Lod. Save, you worthy general.
(69) Lodovico has the same prototype as Fortinbras in King Lear, drawn before in fig. 52. This seeins to be determined by his being called hereafter a proper, very handsome man; and that prototype has, in fact, more of the true human countenance than any other in the moon.
Oth. With all my heart, sir.
greet you. [Gives him a Letter.
Iago. I am very glad to see you, signior. (vico?
Lod. I thank you; how does lieutenant Cassio?
[Aside. Des. My lord ? Oth. This fail you not to do, as you will.
[Reads. Lod. He did not call; he's busy in the paper. Is there division 'twixt my Lord and Cassio?
Des. A most unhappy one; I would do much
Oth. Fire and brimstone !
Des. What, is he angry?
Des. Trust me, I am glad on't.
Des. My lord !
[Striking her. Des. I have not deserved this. [Venice, Lod. My lord, this would not be believed in Though I should swear I saw't. 'Tis very much; Make her amends, she weeps.
Oth. Oh devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman's tears, Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile; (70) Out of my sight.-
Des. I will not stay ť offend you.. [Going.
Lod. Truly, an obedient lady:
Oth. Ay; you did wish that I would make herturn;
(70) Compare this passage with that in Hamlet to which fig. 75 applies, as it regards the same likeness to a crocodile in the moon.
Very obedient-proceed you in your tears-
Iago. He is much changed.
Lod. What, strike his wife!
Iago. 'Faith, that was not so well; yet 'would That stroke would prove the worst. [I knew.
Lod. Is it his use?
lago. Alas, alas ! It is not honesty in me to speak
[him, What I have seen and known. You shall observe And his own courses will denote him so, That I may save my speech, Do but go after, And mark how he continues. Lod. l'm sorry that I am deceived in him.
SCENE changes to an Apartment in the Palace.
Enter OTHELLO and ÆMILIA. Oth. You have seen nothing then ? Æmil. Nor ever heard, nor ever did suspect. Oth. Yes, you have seen Cassio and her together. Æmil. But then I saw no harm; and then I
heard Each syllable that breath made up between them.
Oth. What? did they never whisper?
[nothing? Oth. That's strange!
Æmil. I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest, Lay down my soul at stake : if you think other, Remove your thought, it doth abuse your bosom If any wretch hath put this in your head,