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In my whole course of wooing, thou cry'dst, In.


And did'st contract and purse thy brow together,
As if thou then had'st shut up in thy brain

Some horrible conceit: If thou dost love me,
Show me thy thought.

Iago. My lord, you know I love you.


I think, thou dost:

And, for I know thou art full of love and ho


And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them breath,

Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more: For such things, in a false disloyal knave,

Are tricks of custom; but, in a man that's just, They are close denotements, working from the heart, That passion cannot rule.


For Michael Cassio,—

I dare be sworn, I think that he is honest.

Oth. I think so too.


Men should be what they seem;

Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none! Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem. Iugo.

I think that Cassio is an honest man.

Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this :

Why then,

I pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings,

As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of


The worst of words.


Good my lord, pardon me;

Though I am bound to every act of duty,

I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.

Utter my thoughts? Why, say, they are vile and


As where's that palace, whereinto foul things Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure, But some uncleanly apprehensions


Keep leets, and law-days, and in session sit

With meditations lawful?

Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago, If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak'st his ear A stranger to thy thoughts.

I do beseech you,—
Though I, perchance, am vicious in my guess,
As, I confess, it is my nature's plague
To spy into abuses; and, oft, my jealousy
Shapes faults that are not,-I entreat you then,
From one that so imperfecly conjects,3

You'd take no notice; nor build yourself a trouble
Out of his scattering and unsure observance :-
It were not for your quiet, nor your good,
Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom,
To let you know my thoughts.


What dost thou mean?

Iago. Good name, in man, and woman, dear my


Is the immediate jewel of their souls:

Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something,


'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he, that filches from me my good name,

2 Courts of Enquiry.

3 Conjectures.

Robs me of that, which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.

Oth. By heaven, I'll know thy thought.

Iago. You cannot, if my heart were in your hand; Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.

Oth. Ha! Iago.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on: That cuckold lives in bliss, Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er,

Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves! Oth. O misery!

Iago. Poor, and content, is rich, and rich enough; But riches, fineless,' is as poor as winter,

To him that ever fears he shall be


Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend
From jealousy!

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Think'st thou, I'd make a life of jealousy,
To follow still the changes of the moon

With fresh suspicions? No: to be once in doubt,
Is-once to be resolv'd: Exchange me for a goat,
When I shall turn the business of my soul
To such exsufficate and blown surmises,

Matching thy inference. 'Tis not to make me jealous,
To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well;
Where virtue is, these are more virtuous:
Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw

5 Endless, unbounded.

6" Which makes fair gifts fairer.”

The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt;
For she had eyes, and chose me: No, Iago;
I'll see, before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;
And, on the proof, there is no more but this,—
Away at once with love, or jealousy.

Iago. I am glad of this, for now I shall have reason To show the love and duty that I bear you With franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound, Receive it from me:-I speak not yet of proof. Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio; Wear your eye-—thus, not jealous, nor secure: I would not have your free and noble nature, Out of self-bounty, be abus'd; look to't:

I know our country disposition well;

In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks

They dare, not show their husbands; their best con


Is-not to leave undone, but keep unknown.

Oth. Dost thou say so?

Iago. She did deceive her father, marrying you; And, when she seem'd to shake, and fear your looks, She lov'd them most.

Oth. lago.

And so she did.

Why, go to, then;

She that, so young, could give out such a seeming," To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak,

He thought, 'twas witchcraft:-But I am much to blame;

I humbly do beseech you of your pardon,

7 Appearance.

8 An expression from falconry: to seel a hawk is to sew up his eye-lids.

For too much loving you.


I am bound to thee for ever.

Iago. I see, this hath a little dash'd your spirits. Oth. Not a jot, not a jot.


Trust me, I fear it has.

I hope, you will consider, what is spoke

Comes from my love;-But, I do see you are mov'd:

I am to pray you, not to strain my speech

To grosser issues, nor to larger reach,

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I do not think but Desdemona's honest.

Jago. Long live she so! and long live you to think


Oth. And yet, how nature erring from itself,—
Iago. Ay, there's the point :-As,—to be bold with


Not to affect many proposed matches,

Of her own clime, complexion, and degree;
Whereto, we see, in all things nature tends:
Foh! one may smell, in such, a will most rank,
Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.-

But pardon me; I do not, in position,

Distinctly speak of her though I may fear,


9 Conclusions.

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