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Othello: Act 3, Scene 4

Othello
Act 3, Scene 4

Cyprus. Before the castle.

  1. Enter Desdemona, Emilia, and Clown.

Desdemona

2
  1. Do you know, sirrah, where Lieutenant Cassio lies?

Clown

3
  1. I dare not say he lies any where.

Desdemona

4
  1. Why, man?

Clown

5 - 6
  1. He’s a soldier, and for me to say a soldier lies, ’tis
  2. stabbing.

Desdemona

7
  1. Go to! Where lodges he?

Clown

8
  1. To tell you where he lodges, is to tell you where I lie.

Desdemona

9
  1. Can any thing be made of this?

Clown

10 - 12
  1. I know not where he lodges, and for me to devise a lodging
  2. and say he lies here, or he lies there, were to lie in mine
  3. own throat.

Desdemona

13
  1. Can you inquire him out, and be edified by report?

Clown

14 - 15
  1. I will catechize the world for him, that is, make questions,
  2. and by them answer.

Desdemona

16 - 17
  1. Seek him, bid him come hither. Tell him I have mov’d my lord
  2. on his behalf, and hope all will be well.

Clown

18 - 19
  1. To do this is within the compass of man’s wit, and therefore
  2. I will attempt the doing it.
  1. Exit Clown.

Desdemona

21
  1. Where should I lose the handkerchief, Emilia?

Emilia

22
  1. I know not, madam.

Desdemona

23 - 27
  1. Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse
  2. Full of crusadoes; and but my noble Moor
  3. Is true of mind, and made of no such baseness
  4. As jealous creatures are, it were enough
  5. To put him to ill thinking.

Emilia

28
  1.                             Is he not jealous?

Desdemona

29 - 30
  1. Who, he? I think the sun where he was born
  2. Drew all such humors from him.

Emilia

31
  1.                                Look where he comes.
  1. Enter Othello.

Desdemona

33 - 34
  1. I will not leave him now till Cassio
  2. Be call’d to him.—How is’t with you, my lord?

Othello

35 - 38
  1. Well, my good lady.
  2. Aside.
  3.                     O, hardness to dissemble!—
  4. How do you, Desdemona?

Desdemona

39
  1.                        Well, my good lord.

Othello

40
  1. Give me your hand. This hand is moist, my lady.

Desdemona

41
  1. It yet hath felt no age nor known no sorrow.

Othello

42 - 48
  1. This argues fruitfulness and liberal heart;
  2. Hot, hot, and moist. This hand of yours requires
  3. A sequester from liberty: fasting and prayer,
  4. Much castigation, exercise devout,
  5. For here’s a young and sweating devil here
  6. That commonly rebels. ’Tis a good hand,
  7. A frank one.

Desdemona

49 - 50
  1.              You may, indeed, say so;
  2. For ’twas that hand that gave away my heart.

Othello

51 - 52
  1. A liberal hand. The hearts of old gave hands;
  2. But our new heraldry is hands, not hearts.

Desdemona

53
  1. I cannot speak of this. Come now, your promise.

Othello

54
  1. What promise, chuck?

Desdemona

55
  1. I have sent to bid Cassio come speak with you.

Othello

56 - 57
  1. I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me;
  2. Lend me thy handkerchief.

Desdemona

58
  1.                           Here, my lord.

Othello

59
  1. That which I gave you.

Desdemona

60
  1.                        I have it not about me.

Othello

61
  1. Not?

Desdemona

62
  1.      No, faith, my lord.

Othello

63 - 76
  1. That’s a fault. That handkerchief
  2. Did an Egyptian to my mother give;
  3. She was a charmer, and could almost read
  4. The thoughts of people. She told her, while she kept it,
  5. ’Twould make her amiable, and subdue my father
  6. Entirely to her love; but if she lost it,
  7. Or made a gift of it, my father’s eye
  8. Should hold her loathed, and his spirits should hunt
  9. After new fancies. She, dying, gave it me,
  10. And bid me, when my fate would have me wiv’d,
  11. To give it her. I did so; and take heed on’t,
  12. Make it a darling like your precious eye.
  13. To lose’t or give’t away were such perdition
  14. As nothing else could match.

Desdemona

77
  1.                              Is’t possible?

Othello

78 - 84
  1. ’Tis true; there’s magic in the web of it.
  2. A sibyl, that had numb’red in the world
  3. The sun to course two hundred compasses,
  4. In her prophetic fury sew’d the work;
  5. The worms were hallowed that did breed the silk,
  6. And it was dy’d in mummy which the skillful
  7. Conserv’d of maidens’ hearts.

Desdemona

85
  1.                               I’ faith! Is’t true?

Othello

86
  1. Most veritable, therefore look to’t well.

Desdemona

87
  1. Then would to God that I had never seen’t!

Othello

88
  1. Ha? Wherefore?

Desdemona

89
  1. Why do you speak so startingly and rash?

Othello

90
  1. Is’t lost? Is’t gone? Speak, is’t out o’ th’ way?

Desdemona

91
  1. Heaven bless us!

Othello

92
  1. Say you?

Desdemona

93
  1. It is not lost; but what and if it were?

Othello

94
  1. How?

Desdemona

95
  1. I say, it is not lost.

Othello

96
  1.                        Fetch’t, let me see’t.

Desdemona

97 - 99
  1. Why, so I can, sir, but I will not now.
  2. This is a trick to put me from my suit.
  3. Pray you let Cassio be receiv’d again.

Othello

100
  1. Fetch me the handkerchief, my mind misgives.

Desdemona

101 - 102
  1. Come, come;
  2. You’ll never meet a more sufficient man.

Othello

103
  1. The handkerchief!

Desdemona

104
  1.                   I pray talk me of Cassio.

Othello

105
  1. The handkerchief!

Desdemona

106 - 108
  1.                   A man that all his time
  2. Hath founded his good fortunes on your love,
  3. Shar’d dangers with you

Othello

109
  1. The handkerchief!

Desdemona

110
  1. I’ faith, you are to blame.

Othello

111
  1. ’Zounds!
  1. Exit Othello.

Emilia

113
  1. Is not this man jealous?

Desdemona

114 - 116
  1. I nev’r saw this before.
  2. Sure, there’s some wonder in this handkerchief;
  3. I am most unhappy in the loss of it.

Emilia

117 - 122
  1. ’Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
  2. They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
  3. They eat us hungerly, and when they are full
  4. They belch us.
  5. Enter Iago and Cassio.
  6.                Look you, Cassio and my husband!

Iago

123 - 124
  1. There is no other way: ’tis she must do’t;
  2. And lo the happiness! Go, and importune her.

Desdemona

125
  1. How now, good Cassio, what’s the news with you?

Cassio

126 - 138
  1. Madam, my former suit. I do beseech you
  2. That by your virtuous means I may again
  3. Exist, and be a member of his love
  4. Whom I, with all the office of my heart,
  5. Entirely honor. I would not be delay’d.
  6. If my offense be of such mortal kind
  7. That nor my service past, nor present sorrows,
  8. Nor purpos’d merit in futurity,
  9. Can ransom me into his love again,
  10. But to know so must be my benefit;
  11. So shall I clothe me in a forc’d content,
  12. And shut myself up in some other course,
  13. To fortune’s alms.

Desdemona

139 - 148
  1.                    Alas, thrice-gentle Cassio,
  2. My advocation is not now in tune.
  3. My lord is not my lord; nor should I know him
  4. Were he in favor as in humor alter’d.
  5. So help me every spirit sanctified,
  6. As I have spoken for you all my best,
  7. And stood within the blank of his displeasure
  8. For my free speech! You must awhile be patient.
  9. What I can do, I will; and more I will
  10. Than for myself I dare. Let that suffice you.

Iago

149
  1. Is my lord angry?

Emilia

150 - 151
  1.                   He went hence but now;
  2. And certainly in strange unquietness.

Iago

152 - 157
  1. Can he be angry? I have seen the cannon
  2. When it hath blown his ranks into the air,
  3. And like the devil from his very arm
  4. Puff’d his own brotherand is he angry?
  5. Something of moment then. I will go meet him.
  6. There’s matter in’t indeed, if he be angry.

Desdemona

158 - 174
  1. I prithee do so.
  2. Exit Iago.
  3.                  Something sure of state,
  4. Either from Venice, or some unhatch’d practice
  5. Made demonstrable here in Cyprus to him,
  6. Hath puddled his clear spirit; and in such cases
  7. Men’s natures wrangle with inferior things,
  8. Though great ones are their object. ’Tis even so;
  9. For let our finger ache, and it endues
  10. Our other healthful members even to a sense
  11. Of pain. Nay, we must think men are not gods,
  12. Nor of them look for such observancy
  13. As fits the bridal. Beshrew me much, Emilia,
  14. I was (unhandsome warrior as I am)
  15. Arraigning his unkindness with my soul;
  16. But now I find I had suborn’d the witness,
  17. And he’s indicted falsely.

Emilia

175 - 177
  1. Pray heaven it be state matters, as you think,
  2. And no conception nor no jealous toy
  3. Concerning you.

Desdemona

178
  1. Alas the day, I never gave him cause.

Emilia

179 - 182
  1. But jealous souls will not be answer’d so;
  2. They are not ever jealous for the cause,
  3. But jealous for they’re jealous. It is a monster
  4. Begot upon itself, born on itself.

Desdemona

183
  1. Heaven keep the monster from Othello’s mind!

Emilia

184
  1. Lady, amen.

Desdemona

185 - 187
  1. I will go seek him. Cassio, walk hereabout;
  2. If I do find him fit, I’ll move your suit
  3. And seek to effect it to my uttermost.

Cassio

188
  1. I humbly thank your ladyship.
  1. Exeunt Desdemona and Emilia.
  1. Enter Bianca.

Bianca

191
  1. ’Save you, friend Cassio!

Cassio

192 - 194
  1.                           What make you from home?
  2. How is’t with you, my most fair Bianca?
  3. I’faith, sweet love, I was coming to your house.

Bianca

195 - 199
  1. And I was going to your lodging, Cassio.
  2. What? Keep a week away? Seven days and nights?
  3. Eightscore eight hours? And lovers’ absent hours,
  4. More tedious than the dial eightscore times?
  5. O weary reck’ning!

Cassio

200 - 205
  1.                    Pardon me, Bianca.
  2. I have this while with leaden thoughts been press’d,
  3. But I shall in a more continuate time
  4. Strike off this score of absence. Sweet Bianca,
  5. Giving her Desdemona’s handkerchief.
  6. Take me this work out.

Bianca

206 - 209
  1.                        O Cassio, whence came this?
  2. This is some token from a newer friend;
  3. To the felt absence now I feel a cause.
  4. Is’t come to this? Well, well.

Cassio

210 - 214
  1.                                Go to, woman!
  2. Throw your vild guesses in the devil’s teeth,
  3. From whence you have them. You are jealous now
  4. That this is from some mistress, some remembrance;
  5. No, by my faith, Bianca.

Bianca

215
  1.                          Why, whose is it?

Cassio

216 - 219
  1. I know not, neither; I found it in my chamber.
  2. I like the work well; ere it be demanded
  3. (As like enough it will) I would have it copied.
  4. Take it, and do’t, and leave me for this time.

Bianca

220
  1. Leave you? Wherefore?

Cassio

221 - 223
  1. I do attend here on the general,
  2. And think it no addition, nor my wish,
  3. To have him see me woman’d.

Bianca

224
  1.                             Why, I pray you?

Cassio

225
  1. Not that I love you not.

Bianca

226 - 228
  1.                          But that you do not love me.
  2. I pray you bring me on the way a little,
  3. And say if I shall see you soon at night.

Cassio

229 - 230
  1. ’Tis but a little way that I can bring you,
  2. For I attend here; but I’ll see you soon.

Bianca

231
  1. ’Tis very good; I must be circumstanc’d.
  1. Exeunt omnes.
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