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Iago. I see, this hath a little dash'd your spirits.
Trust me, I fear it has.
Oth. I will not.
Should you do so, my lord, My speech should fall into such vile successo 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 with Not to affect many proposed matches,
Farewell, Farewell :
[Going. Oth. Why did I marry ?—This honest creature, doubt
less, Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds.
Iago. My lord, I would, I might entreat your honour
issues,) For conclusions.
success—] i. e. Consequence or event; as successo is used in Italian.Johnson.
-will-] For wilfulness. It is so used by Ascham. A rank will, is selfwill overgrown and exuberant.-Johnson.
To scan this thing no further; leave it to time :
Oth. Fear not my government.
[Exit. Oth. This fellow's of exceeding honesty, And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, Of human dealings: If I do prove her haggard, Though that her jessesk were my dear heart-strings, I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind, To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black; And have not those soft parts of conversation" That chamberers" have: Or, for I am declin'd Into the vale of years ;-yet that's not much ;She's gone; I am abus'd; and my relief Must be- to loath her. O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours, And not their appetites ! I had rather be a toad,
• You shall by that perceive him and his means :) You shall discover whether be thinks his best means, his most powerful interest, is by the solicitation of your lady.--Jounson.
- strain his entertainment-] Press hard his re-admission to his pay and office. Entertainment was the military term for admission of soldiers.-JOnnson.
6 Fear not my government.] Do not distrust my ability to contain my passion. -Johnson.
-u learned spirit,] Learned for esperienced. The construction is, He knows with a learned spirit all qualities of human dealings.-WARBURTON and Johnson.
huggard,] i. e. A wild hawk, unreclaimed or irreclaimable.—Johnson.
- jesses— ) i. e. Short straps of leather tied about the foot of a hawk, by which she is held on the fist.-Hanner. 1 I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind,
To prey at fortune.) The falconers always let fly the hawk against the wind; if she flies with the wind behind her, she seldom returns. If therefore a hawk was for any reason to be dismissed, she was let down the wind, and from that time shifted for herself, and preyed at fortune.-Jounson.
purts of conversation - 1 Parts is here synonymous with arts.--REED. chamberers--] i. e. Men of intrigue.
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon,
Enter DESDEMONA and EMILIA.
If she be false, O, then, heaven mocks itself!o~
How now, my dear Othello?
Oth. I am to blame.
Des. Faith, that's with watching ; 'twill away again :
Your napkin is too little; [He puts the Handkerchief from him, and it
drops. Let it alone. Come, I'll go in with you. Des. I am very sorry that you are not well.
[Exeunt OTH. and Des. Emil. I am glad I have found this napkin; This was her first remembrance from the Moor: My wayward husband hath a hundred times Woo'd me to steal it:' but she so loves the token, (For he conjur'd her, she would ever keep it,) That she reserves it evermore about her,
• If she be false, 0, then heaven mocks itself !-] i.e. If she be false, heaven disgraces ilself by creating woman after its own image. To have made the resemblance perfect, she should have been good as well as beautiful.-STEEVENS.
generous] i.e. Noble : it has here the power of the Latin generosus. -STEEVENS. 9 My wayward husband hath a hundred times
Woo'd me to steal it :) This and several other passages tend to prove, that a Jarger space of time is comprised in the action of this play than the scenes include.--Jounson and M. Mason.
To kiss, and talk to. I'll bave the work ta'en out,'
Iago. How now! what do you here alone?
Emil. O, is that all? What will you give me now
Iago. Hast stolen it from her?
Emil. No, faith ; she let it drop by negligence;
A good wench; give it me.
[earnest Iago. Why, what's that to you?
[Snatching it. Emil. If it be not for some purpose of import, Give it me again: Poor lady! she'll run mad, When she shall lack it.
Iago. Be not you known of't;" I have use for it. Go, leave me.
[Erit Emilia I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin, And let him find it: Trifles, light as air, Are, to the jealous, confirmations strong
ta'en out,] That is, copied. Her first thoughts are, to have a copy made of it for her husband, and restore the original to Desdemona. But the sudden coming in of Iago, in a surly humour, makes her alter her resolution, to please him.-BLACKSTONE.
to the advantage, &c.] I being opportunely here, took it up.--Jounson. Be not you known of't ;] i. e. Seem as if you knew nothing of the matter. -STEEVENS.
As proofs of holy writ. This may do something.
Ha! ha! false to me? To me?
Iago. Why, how now, general ? no more of that.
Oth. Avaunt! be gone! thou hast set me on the rack :-
How now, my lord ?
Iago. I am sorry to hear this.
Oth. I had been happy, if the general camp,
"I did say so:] i. e. I have just said that jealousy is a restless commotion of the mind; and look where Othello approaches, to confirm the justice of my observation.-STEEVENS.
- mandragora,) i. e. The mandrake. It has a soporifick quality, and the ancients used it when they wanted an opiate of the most powerful kind.
ow'dst — ] i. e. To owe is here, as in many other places, to possess. 2 Pioneers and aú,] That is, the most abject and vilest of the camp. Pioneers were generally degraded soldiers, appointed to the office of pioneer, as a punishment for misbehaviour.-Gross.