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Tago. WILL

you think so?

Enter Othello and Iago.

Oth. Think so, lago?
lago. What to kiss in private ?
Oth. An unauthoriz'd kiss.

lago. Or to be naked with her P friend 4 abed, An hour or more, not meaning any harm?

Oth. Naked 9 abed, lago, and not mean harm?
It is hypocrisy against the devil:
They that mean virtuously, and yet do so,
The devil their virtue 'tempts, and they tempt heaven.

lago. . So they do nothing, 'tis a venial flip: But if I give my wife a handkerchief

Oth. What then?

lago. Why then, 'tis hers, my Lord; and being hers, She may, I think, bestow 't on any man.

Oth. She is "protectress of her honour too; May she give that?

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o There is no description of the scene r H. and W. tempis not, tbey templ, in any edition before R. who calls it a &c. room of state; followed by P; the rest s So the qu's and C; the rest, If for as above.

fo. p The three laft fo's, friends.

The two last fo's omit if. 9 So the qu's; the rest, in bed, u For protectress, H. reads proprietor ;

W. propertied; C. proprietre's.


lago. Her honour is an essence that's not seen,
They have it very oft, that have it not.
But for the handkerehief-

Oth. By heaven, I would most gladly have forgot it;
Thou saidit (oh it comes o'er my memory,
As doth the raven o'er the infected house,
Boding to * all) he had my handkerchief.

Iago. Ay, what of that?
Oth. That's not so good now.

lago. What if I y had said, I had seen him do you wrong? Or ? heard him say (as knaves be such abroad, Who having, by their own importunate suit, * Or voluntary dotage of some mistress, • Convinced, or supplied them, cannot chuse But they must blab) –

Oih. Hath he said any thing?

lago. He hath, my Lord; but be you well assurd, No more than he'll unswear.

Oth. What hath he said?
lago. < 'Faith, that he did -I know not what he did -
Oth. But, what?

w The fo's and R. infe&ious. by their importunities have convinced,

* Po's duodecimo, T. and W. ill for or overcome, their mistresses; the other, all.

who, when their mistresses voluntarily y So all before P; he and all after, doated on them, have supplied them with except C. omit bad.

the effects of love. These last fort of 2 The three last fo's, bear.

mistresses have no need of being either a First q. Or by ebe voluntary, &c. convinced or suppled. T.'s alteration is

• The 2d q. Conjur'd for Convinced. followed by H.W.J. and C. bating that T. alters the line thus, Corvinc'd or fop- C. reads siraigbr for bey. pled obem, they cannot cbufe, &c. fol. c So the ift q; the rest, Wby for lowed by all after. But I see no reason 'Faith. for this alteration : lago is here de

d So the It q; the 2d


Wbat? fcribing two sorts of gallants; one who the rest, Wbar, what?


lago. Lie-
Otb. With her?
lago. With her, on her -- what


will Oth. Lie with her! lie on her! We say, lie on her, when they belie her. Lie with her! Zouns, that's fulsome. Handkerchief-confessions— 5 handkerchief — to confess, and be bang'd for his labour - first to be hang'd, and then to confessI tremble at it- Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing passion, without some instruction. It is not words that * Make me thus-pist -- noses, ears, and lips--Is't possible ?. confess !-- handkerchief!-Oh devil!

[Falls in a trance. lago. Work on, My medicine, 'work! Thus credulous fools are caught; And many worthy and chaste dames even thus, All guiltless, meet reproach. What ho! my Lord ! My Lord, I say, Othello!

• These words in italic are in all the h What follows of this speech is cditions before P; he and all afier, but omitted in the ift q. J. and C. omit tbom.

i H. W. and C. induation for infrus, f All but itt q. omit zouns.

tion. See Healb in loc. & T.W. and je repeat bandkercbief * Second q. fo's and C. fhakes. twice here, contrary to all the other I The fo's, R. P. and H. read cditions. The qu's read bandkercbiefs, works. confeffiom, bankercbiefs.


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How now, Caffio ?

Caf. What's the matter?

lago. My Lord is " fal’n into an epilepsy, This is his second fit; he had one yesterday.

Caf. Rub hiin about the temples.

lago. ° No, forbear,
The lethargy must have P his quiet course :
If not, he foams at mouth, and by and by
Breaks out to savage madness. Look, he e ftirs.

you withdraw yourself a little while, He will recover straight; when he is gone, I would on great occasion speak with you.

[Exit Caffio. How is it, General, have you not hurt your head ?

Oth. Doft'thou mock me?

lago. I mock you? no, by heaven; Would you would bear your' fortunes like a man.

Oth. A horned man's a monster, and a beaft.

lago. There's many a beast, then, in a populous city, And many a civil monster.

m T. and W. fell for faln.

r Second q. and C. omit tbou. n The last f. and all after, but C. s So the qu's; the rest, I mock you rbe for bis.

not, by beaven, &c. except C. who reado o The fo's and R. omit No, for. I mock you ! no, by beaven ; I mock you bear. P The ad q. omits bis.

+ So the qu's, T. W, and I; the 4 Second q. Parres for firs.

reft, forluns.




Oth. Did he confess it?

Iago. Good sir, be a man;
Think, every bearded fellow that's but yok’d,
May draw with you.

w There's millions now alive,
That nightly * lie in those unproper beds,
Which they dare swear peculiar. Your case is better,
Oh, y 'tis the spight of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
To lip a wanton in a secure couch;
And to suppose her chafte. 2 No, let me know,
And knowing what I am, I know what she shall be.

Oth. Oh, thou art wise, 'tis certain.

lago. Stand you a while apart,
Confine yourself but in a patient lift.
Whilft you were here, o'erwhelmed with your grief,
A passion most o unsuiting such a man,
Caffio came hither. I shifted him away,
And laid good d 'scuse upon your extasy;
Bad him anon ' return, and here speak with me;
The which he promis’d. 8 Do but encave yourself,
And mark the h fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns,
That dwell in every region of his face;

u The qu's omit it.

< So the oft q. T. W. and ; the w So all before P; who reads, Mil- 2d q. P. H. and C. unfitting; the fo's lions are now alive, &c. followed by and R. resulting. the reft, except C.

d So the qu's and C; the ift f. 'Jcuses * First q. lyes.

upon your, &c. the rest, 'scuses on your, + y The 2d q. this for 'tis.

& C. & 2 The 2d q. No, let me know, &c. e The i ft q. bid for bad. a C. cbar's for 'tis.

f The qu's, retire for retørste b The ift q. ere wbile, mad with your & The qu's omit Do. grief, &c.

h The qu's, jeers.


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