« PreviousContinue »
How have I been behav'd, that he might stick
Re-enter EMILIA, with IAGO.
with you? Des. I cannot tell. Those, that do teach young
What's the matter, lady?
Des. Am I that name, Iago?
What name, fair lady?
Emil. He call'd her, whore; a beggar, in his drink, Could not have laid such terms upon his callet €0.
Iago. Why did he so?
Emil. Has she forsook so many noble matches,
Des. It is my wretched fortune.
Beshrew him for it! Now comes this trick upon him?
Nay, heaven doth know, Emil. I will be hang'd, if some eternal villain, Some busy and insinuating rogue, Some cogging cozening slave, to get some office, Have not devis'd this slander; I'll be hang'd else.
Iago. Fye, there is no such man; it is impossible. Des. If any such there be, heaven pardon him! Emil. A halter pardon bim! and hell gnaw his
bones! Why should he call her, whore? who keeps her
company? What place? what time? what form? what like
Speak within door 81. Emil. O, fye upon him! some such squire he was, That turn'd
seamy side without, And made you to suspect me with the Moor.
Iago. You are a fool; go to.
O good Iago,
Or that mine eyes, mine ears, or any sense,
Iago. I pray you, be content; 'tis but his humour;
If 'twere no other,lago. It is but so, I warrant you. [Trumpets. Hark, how these instruments summon to supper! And the great messengers of Venice stay: Go in, and weep not; all things shall be well.
[Exeunt Desdemona and Emilia.
How now, Roderigo?
Rod. I do not find, that thou deal'st justly with me. Iago. What in the contrary?
Rod. Every day thou dofi''st me with some device, Jago; and rather (as it seems to me now,) keep'st from me all conveniency, than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. I will, indeed, no longer
endure it: Nor am I yet persuaded, to put up in peace what already I have foolishly suffer'd.
lago. Will you hear me, Roderigo?
Rod. 'Faith, I have heard too much; for your words, and performances, are no kin together.
Tago. You charge me most unjustly.
Rod. With nought but truth. I have wasted myself out of my means. The jewels you have had from me, to deliver to Desdemona, would half have corrupted a votarist: You have told me-she has received them, and return’d me expectations and comforts of sudden respect and acquittance; but I find none.
Tago. Well; go to; very well.
Rod. Very well! go to! I cannot go to, man; nor 'tis not very well: By this hand, I say, it is very scurvy; and begin to find myself fobb!d in it.
Iago. Very well.
Rod. I tell you, 'tis not very well. I will make myself known to Desdemona: If she will return me my jewels, I will give over my suit, and repent my unlawful solicitation; if not, assure yourself, I will seek satisfaction of you.
Iago. You have said now.
Rod. Ay, and I have said nothing, but what I protest intendment of doing.
Iago. Why, now I see there's inettle in thee; and even, from this instant, do build on thee a better opi. nion than ever before. Give me thy hand, Roderigo: Thou hast taken against me a most just exception;
but yet, I protest, I have dealt most directly in thy affair.
Rod. It hath not appear'd.
Iago. I grant, indeed, it hath not appear'd; and your suspicion is not without wit and judgement. But, Roderigo, if thou hast that within thee indeed, which I have greater reason to believe now than ever,-I mean, purpose, courage, and valour,—this night show it: if thou the next night following enjoyest not Desdemona, take me from this world with treachery, and devise engines for my life.
Rod. Well, what is it? is it within reason, and compass ?
Iago. Sir, there is especial commission come from Venice, to depute Cassio in Othello's place.
Rod. Is that true? why, then Othello and Desdemona return again to Venice.
Iago. O, no; he goes into Mauritania, and takes away with him the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be linger'd here by some accident; wherein none can be so determinate, as the removing of Cassio.
Rod. How do you mean-removing of him?
lago. Why, by making him uncapable of Othello's place; knocking out his brains.
Rod. And that you would have me do?
Iago. Ay; if you dare do yourself a profit, and a right. He sups to-night with a harlot, and thither will I go to him;-he knows not yet of his honourable fortune: if you will watch his going thence,