Othello Act 3 Scene 3


Othello, Act 3-Scene 3

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OTHELLO
90 Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul,
91 But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
92 Chaos is come again.

IAGO
93 My noble lord—

OTHELLO
93 What dost thou say, Iago?

IAGO
94 Did Michael Cassio, when you woo’d my lady,
95 Know of your love?

OTHELLO
96 He did, from first to last: why dost thou ask?

IAGO
97 But for a satisfaction of my thought;
98 No further harm.

OTHELLO
98 Why of thy thought, Iago?

IAGO
99 I did not think he had been acquainted with her.

OTHELLO
100 O, yes; and went between us very oft.

IAGO
101 Indeed!

OTHELLO
102 Indeed! ay, indeed: discern’st thou aught in that?
103 Is he not honest?

IAGO
103 Honest, my lord?

OTHELLO
104 Honest! ay, honest.

IAGO
104 My lord, for aught I know.

OTHELLO
105 What dost thou think?

IAGO
105 Think, my lord!

OTHELLO
106 Think, my lord! By heaven, he echoes me,
107 As if there were some monster in his thought
108 Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean something:
109 I heard thee say even now, thou likedst not that,
110 When Cassio left my wife: what didst not like?
111 And when I told thee he was of my counsel
112 In my whole course of wooing, thou criedst “Indeed!”
113 And didst contract and purse thy brow together,
114 As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain
115 Some horrible conceit. If thou dost love me,
116 Show me thy thought.

IAGO
117 My lord, you know I love you.

OTHELLO
117 I think thou dost;
118 And, for I know thou’rt full of love and honesty,
119 And weigh’st thy words before thou givest them breath,
120 Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more;
121 For such things in a false disloyal knave
122 Are tricks of custom, but in a man that’s just
123 They are close dilations, working from the heart
124 That passion cannot rule.

IAGO
124 For Michael Cassio,
125 I dare be sworn I think that he is honest.

OTHELLO
126 I think so too.

IAGO
126 Men should be what they seem;
127 Or those that be not, would they might seem none!

OTHELLO
128 Certain, men should be what they seem.

IAGO
129 Why, then, I think Cassio’s an honest man.

OTHELLO
130 Nay, yet there’s more in this:
131 I prithee, speak to me as to thy thinkings,
132 As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts
133 The worst of words.

IAGO
133 Good my lord, pardon me:
134 Though I am bound to every act of duty,
135 I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.
136 Utter my thoughts? Why, say they are vile and false;
137 As where’s that palace whereinto foul things
138 Sometimes intrude not? Who has a breast so pure,
139 But some uncleanly apprehensions
140 Keep leets and law-days and in session sit
141 With meditations lawful?

OTHELLO
142 Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
143 If thou but think’st him wrong’d and makest his ear
144 A stranger to thy thoughts.

IAGO
144 I do beseech you—
145 Though I perchance am vicious in my guess,
146 As, I confess, it is my nature’s plague
147 To spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy
148 Shapes faults that are not—that your wisdom yet,
149 From one that so imperfectly conceits,
150 Would take no notice, nor build yourself a trouble
151 Out of his scattering and unsure observance.
152 It were not for your quiet nor your good,
153 Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom,
154 To let you know my thoughts.

OTHELLO
154 ‘Zounds, what dost thou mean?

IAGO
155 Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, 
156 Is the immediate jewel of their souls. 
157 Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; 
158 ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands: 
159 But he that filches from me my good name 
160 Robs me of that which not enriches him 
161 And makes me poor indeed.

OTHELLO
162 By heaven, I’ll know thy thoughts.

IAGO
163 You cannot, if my heart were in your hand;
164 Nor shall not, whilst ’tis in my custody.

OTHELLO
165 Ha!

IAGO
165 O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
166 It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
167 The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
168 Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
169 But, O, what damned minutes tells he o’er
170 Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

OTHELLO
171 O misery!

IAGO
172 Poor and content is rich and rich enough,
173 But riches fineless is as poor as winter
174 To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
175 Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend
176 From jealousy!

OTHELLO
176 Why, why is this?
177 Think’st thou I’ld make a life of jealousy,
178 To follow still the changes of the moon
179 With fresh suspicions? No! to be once in doubt
180 Is once to be resolved. Exchange me for a goat,
181 When I shall turn the business of my soul
182 To such exsufflicate and blown surmises,
183 Matching thy inference. ‘Tis not to make me jealous
184 To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
185 Is free of speech, sings, plays and dances well;
186 Where virtue is, these are more virtuous.
187 Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw
188 The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt;
189 For she had eyes, and chose me. No, Iago;
190 I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;
191 And on the proof, there is no more but this,—
192 Away at once with love or jealousy!

IAGO
193 I am glad of it; for now I shall have reason
194 To show the love and duty that I bear you
195 With franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound,
196 Receive it from me. I speak not yet of proof.
197 Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio;
198 Wear your eye thus, not jealous nor secure.
199 I would not have your free and noble nature,
200 Out of self-bounty, be abused; look to’t.
201 I know our country disposition well;
202 In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks
203 They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience
204 Is not to leave’t undone, but keep’t unknown.

OTHELLO
205 Dost thou say so?

IAGO
206 She did deceive her father, marrying you;
207 And when she seem’d to shake and fear your looks,
208 She loved them most.

OTHELLO
208 And so she did.

IAGO
208 Why, go to then;
209 She that, so young, could give out such a seeming,
210 To seel her father’s eyes up close as oak,
211 He thought ’twas witchcraft—but I am much to blame;
212 I humbly do beseech you of your pardon
213 For too much loving you.

OTHELLO
213 I am bound to thee for ever.

IAGO
214 I see this hath a little dash’d your spirits.

OTHELLO
215 Not a jot, not a jot.

IAGO
215 I’ faith, I fear it has.
216 I hope you will consider what is spoke
217 Comes from my love. But I do see you’re moved:
218 I am to pray you not to strain my speech
219 To grosser issues nor to larger reach
220 Than to suspicion.

OTHELLO
221 I will not.

IAGO
221 Should you do so, my lord,
222 My speech should fall into such vile success
223 As my thoughts aim not at. Cassio’s my worthy friend—
224 My lord, I see you’re moved.

OTHELLO
224 No, not much moved:
225 I do not think but Desdemona’s honest.

IAGO
226 Long live she so! and long live you to think so!

OTHELLO
227 And yet, how nature erring from itself,—

IAGO
228 Ay, there’s the point: as—to be bold with you—
229 Not to affect many proposed matches
230 Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,
231 Whereto we see in all things nature tends—
232 Foh! one may smell in such, a will most rank,
233 Foul disproportions, thoughts unnatural.
234 But pardon me; I do not in position
235 Distinctly speak of her; though I may fear
236 Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,
237 May fall to match you with her country forms
238 And happily repent.

OTHELLO
238 Farewell, farewell!
239 If more thou dost perceive, let me know more;
240 Set on thy wife to observe: leave me, Iago:

IAGO [Going.]
241 My lord, I take my leave.

OTHELLO
242 Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless
243 Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds.

IAGO [Returning.]
244 My lord, I would I might entreat your honor
245 To scan this thing no further; leave it to time:
246 Though it be fit that Cassio have his place,
247 For sure, he fills it up with great ability,
248 Yet, if you please to hold him off awhile,
249 You shall by that perceive him and his means:
250 Note, if your lady strain his entertainment
251 With any strong or vehement importunity;
252 Much will be seen in that. In the mean time,
253 Let me be thought too busy in my fears—
254 As worthy cause I have to fear I am—
255 And hold her free, I do beseech your honor.

OTHELLO
256 Fear not my government.

IAGO
257 I once more take my leave.

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