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Shapes faults that are not,--I entreat you then,
my thoughts. Oth.
What dost thou mean? Iago. Good name, in man, and woman, dear my
lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something,
nothing ; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he, that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that, which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed. .
Oth. By heaven, I'll know thy thought.
Iago. You cannot, if my heart were in your hand; Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
Iago. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
Oth. O misery!
conjects,] To conject, i. e. to conjecture, is a word used by other writers.
which doth mock The meat it feeds on :) i. e. loaths that which nourishes and. sustains it. But others read,
which doth make The meat it feeds on. Implying that its suspicions are unreal and groundless, which is the very contrary to what he would here make his general think.
But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter,
Why! why is this?
"Tis not to make me jealous, To say—my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well; Where virtue is, these are more virtuous :? Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt; For she had eyes, and chose me: No, lago; I'll see, before I doubt; when I doubt, prove; And, on the proof, there is no more but this,Away at once with love, or jealousy.
Iago. I am glad of this; for now I shall have rea
To show the love and duty that I bear you
I speak not yet of proof.
8 But riches, fineless,] Unbounded, endless, unnumbered.
9 To such exsufflicate--] Whether our poet had any authority for the word exsufflicate, which I think is used in the sense of swollen, and appears to have been formed from suflatus, I am unable to ascertain : but I have not thought it safe to substitute for it another word equally unauthorised. MALONE.
blown surmises, Matching thy inference. That is,--such as you have mentioned in describing the torments of jealousy.
2 Where virtue is, these are more virtuous : ] An action in itself indifferent, grows virtuous by its end and application.
Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio ;
say Iago. She did deceive her father, marrying you ; And, when she seem'do to shake, and fear your
looks, She loy'd them most. Oth.
And so she did. Iago.
Why, go to, then; She that, so young, could give out such a seeming, To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak, He thought, 'twas witchcraft:—But I am much to
3 Out of self-bounty,] Self-bounty for inherent generosity.
4 And when she seem'd-]This and the following argument of Iago ought to be deeply impressed on every reader. Deceit and falsehood, whatever conveniences they may for a time promise or produce, are, in the sun of life, obstacles to happiness. Those, who profit by the cheat, distrust the deceiver, and the act by which kindness is sought, puts an end to confidence.
The same objection may be made with a lower degree of strength against the imprudent generosity of disproportionate marriages. When the first heat of passion is over, it is easily succeeded by suspicion, that the same violence of inclination, which caused one irregularity, may stimulate to another; and those who have shewn, that their passions are too powerful for their prudence, will, with very slight appearances against them, be censured, as not very likely to restrain them by their virtue. Johnson.
5 To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak,] The oak is the most close-grained wood of general use in England. Close as oak, means, close as the grain of oak. To seel is an expression from falconry. VOL. IX.
I humbly do beseech
your pardon, For too much loving you. Oth.
I am bound to thee for ever. Iago. I see, this hath a little dash'd your spirits. Oth. Not a jot, not a jot. Iago.
Trust me, I fear it has.
Oth. I will not.
you do so, my lord, My speech should fall into such vile success As my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy
friend : My lord, I see you are mov'd. Oth.
No, not much mov’d: I do not think but Desdemona's honest. Iago. Long live she so! and long live you to
think so! Oth. And yet, how nature erring from itself, Iago. Ay, there's the point:-As-to be bold
Not to affect many proposed matches,
6 To grosser issues,] Issues, for conclusions.
a will most rank,] Will, is for wilfulness. It is so used by Ascham. A rank will, is self-will overgrown and exuberant.
May fall to match you with her country forms,
Farewell, farewell :
Iago. My lord, I take my leave. [Going.
doubtless, Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds. Iago. My lord, I would, I might entreat your
off a while,
Oth. Fear not my government.'
Oth. This fellow's of exceeding honesty,
You shall by that perceive him and his means :) You shall discover whether he thinks his best means, his most powerful interest, is by the solicitation of your lady.
strain his entertainment-] Press hard his re-admission pay
and office. Entertainment was the military term for admission of soldiers.
. Fear not my government.] Do not distrust my ability to contain my passion.
with a learned spirit,] The construction is, He knows with a learned spirit all qualities of human dealings.
3 - If I do prove her haggard,] A haggard hawk, is a wild hawk, a hawk unreclaimed or irreclaimable.