Shakspeare's tragedy of Othello: with explanatory notes, adapted for scholastic or private study by J. Hunter

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Page 33 - If the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most preposterous conclusions; but we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts, whereof I take this that you call love to be a sect or scion.
Page 60 - Reputation is an idle and most false imposition ; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving : you have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser.
Page 61 - O God ! that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains ; that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts.
Page 142 - No more of that. I pray you, in your letters, When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely but too well...
Page 23 - Their dearest action in the tented field, And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle, And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience...
Page 76 - 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 abused ; 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 conscience Is not to leave undone, but keep unknown.
Page 26 - twas wondrous pitiful. She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd That heaven had made her such a man; she thank'd me, And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her.
Page 81 - I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin, And let him find it. Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ: this may do something.
Page 60 - O thou invisible spirit of wine ! if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
Page 83 - By the world, I think my wife be honest, and think she is not ; I think that thou art just, and think thou art not : I'll have some proof: her name, that was as fresh As Dian's visage, is now begrimed and black As mine own face.

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