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But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
Jago. My noble lord,
What dost thou say, Iago ? Iago. Did Michael Cassio, when you woo'd my
lady, Know of your love? Oth. He did, from first to last : Why dost thou
ask? lago. But for a satisfaction of my thought; No further harm. Oth.
Why of thy thought, lago? Iago. I did not think he had been acquainted
with her. Oth. O, yes; and went between us very oft. lago. Indeed ? Oth. Indeed! ay, indeed :-Discern'st thou aught
in that? Is he not honest ? Iago.
Honest, my lord ? Oth.
Ay, honest. lago. My lord, for aught I know. Oth. What dost thou think? lago.
Think, my lord ? Oth.
Think, my lord! By heaven, he echoes me, As if there were some monster in his thought Too hideous to be shown.-Thou dost mean some
thing: I heard thee say but now,- Thou lik’dst not that, When Cassio left my wife ; What didst not like? And, when I told thee-he was of my counsel In my whole course of wooing, thou cry'dst, Indeed? And didst contract and purse thy brow together, As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain Some horrible conceit: If thou dost love me, Show me thy thought.
lago. My lord, you know I love you. Oth.
I think thou dost; And, for I know thou art full of love and bonesty,
And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them
breath, Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more : For such things, in a false disloyal knave, Are tricks of custom; but, in a man that's just, They are close denotements, working from the
heart, That passion cannot rule. Iago.
For Michael Cassio, I dare be sworn, I think that he is honest.
Oth. I think so too. lago.
Men should be what they seem ; Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none !
Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem. Iago.
Why then, I think that Cassio is an honest man.
Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this : I pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of
thoughts The worst of words. lago.
Good my lord, pardon me; Though I am bound to every act of duty, I am not bound to that all slaves are free to. Utter my thoughts? Why, say, they are vile and
false, As where's that palace, whereinto foul things Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure, But some uncleanly apprehensions Keep leets, and law-days, and in session sit With meditations lawful?"
Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago, If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak’st his ear A stranger to thy thoughts. lago.
I do beseech you, — Though I, perchance, am vicious in my guess, As, I confess, it is my nature's plague To spy into abuses ; and, oft, my jealousy
(1) Courts of inquiry.
Shapes faults that are not, -I entreat you then,
What dost thou mean? lago. 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.
lago. You cannot, if my heart were in your hand; Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
lago. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on: That cuckold lives in bliss, Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er, Who dotes, yet doubts ; suspects, yet strongly
loves ! Oth. O misery!
lago. Poor, and content, is rich, and rich enough; But riches, fineless,2 is as poor as winter, To him that ever fears he shall be poor :Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend From jealousy! Oth.
Why? why is this? Think'st thou, I'd make a life of jealousy, To follow still the changes of the moon With fresh suspicions? No: to be once in doubt, (1) Conjectureş.
(2) Endless, unbounded
Is once to be resolv'd: Exchange me for a goat,
lago. I am glad of this, for now I shall have reason To show the love and duty that I bear you With franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound, Receive it from me:-I speak not yet of proof. Look to your wife ; observe her well with Cassio; Wear your eye-thus, not jealous, nor secure: I would not have your free and noble nature, Out of self-bounty, be abus'd; look to't: I know our country disposition well; In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks They dare not show their husbands; their best
conscience. Is--not to leave undone, but keep unknown.
Oth. Dost thou say so?
lago. She did deceive her father, marrying you; And, when she seem'd to shake, and fear your looks, She lov'd them most. Olh.
And so she did. Iago.
Why, go to, then ; She that, so young, could give out such a seeming,? To seel3 her father's eyes up, close as oak,
(1) • Which makes fair gifts fairer.' (2) Appearance.
(3) An expression from falconry: to seel a hawk is to sew up his eyelids.
He thought, 'twas witchcraft :- But I am much to
I am bound to thee for ever.
Trust me, I fear it bas.
Oth. I will not.
Should you do so, my lord,
vile success Aš my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy
friend :My lord, I see you are mov'd. Oth.
No, not much mor'd :-
lago. Ay, there's the point :-As,-to be bold