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SCENE III

Another room in the castle.
Enter OTHELLO, LODOVICO, DESDEMONA, EMILIA, and Attendants.

Lod.
I do beseech you, sir, trouble yourself no further.

Oth.
O, pardon me; 'twill do me good to walk.

Lod.
Madam, good night; I humbly thank your ladyship.

Des.
Your honour is most welcome.

Oth.
Will you walk, sir?

O,--Desdemona,--

Des.
My lord?

Oth.
Get you to bed on the instant; I will

be returned forthwith: dismiss your attendant

there: look it be done. (10)

Des.
I will, my lord. Exeunt Othello, Lodovico, and Attendants.


Emil.
How goes it now? he looks gentler than he did.

Des.
He says he will return incontinent:

He hath commanded me to go to bed,

And bade me to dismiss you.

Emil.
Dismiss me!

Des.
It was his bidding; therefore, good Emilia,

Give me my nightly wearing, and adieu:

We must not now displease him.

Emil.
I would you had never seen him!

Des.
So would not I: my love doth so approve him, (20)

That even his stubbornness, his checks, his frowns,--

Prithee, unpin me,--have grace and favour in them.

Emil.
I have laid those sheets you bade me on the bed.

Des.
All's one. Good faith, how foolish are our minds!

If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me

In one of those same sheets.

Emil.
Come, come, you talk.

Des.
My mother had a maid call'd Barbara:

She was in love, and he she loved proved mad

And did forsake her: she had a song of 'willow;'

An old thing 'twas, but it express'd her fortune, (30)

And she died singing it: that song to-night

Will not go from my mind; I have much to do,

But to go hang my head all at one side,

And sing it like poor Barbara. Prithee, dispatch.

Emil.
Shall I go fetch your night-gown?

Des.
No, unpin me here.

This Lodovico is a proper man.

Emil.
A very handsome man.

Des.
He speaks well.

Emil.
I know a lady in Venice would

have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch

of his nether lip.

Des.
Singing

The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,

Sing all a green willow;

Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,

Sing willow, willow, willow:

The fresh streams ran by her, and murmur'd her moans;

Sing willow, willow, willow;

Her salt tears fell from her, and soften'd the stones;

Lay by these:-- Singing


Sing willow, willow, willow; (50)

Prithee, hie thee; he'll come anon:-- Singing


Sing all a green willow must be my garland.

Let nobody blame him; his scorn I approve,--

Nay, that's not next.--Hark! who is't that knocks?

Emil.
It's the wind.

Des.
Singing

I call'd my love false love; but what said he then?
Sing willow, willow, willow:

If I court moe women, you'll couch with moe men.--

So, get thee gone; good night. Mine eyes do itch;

Doth that bode weeping?

Emil.
'Tis neither here nor there. (60)

Des.
I have heard it said so. O, these men, these men!

Dost thou in conscience think,--tell me, Emilia,--

That there be women do abuse their husbands

In such gross kind?

Emil.
There be some such, no question.

Des.
Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?

Emil.
Why, would not you?

Des.
No, by this heavenly light!

Emil.
Nor I neither by this heavenly light;

I might do't as well i' the dark.

Des.
Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?

Emil.
The world's a huge thing: it is a great price

For a small vice. (70)

Des.
In troth, I think thou wouldst not.

Emil.
In troth, I think I should; and un-

do't when I had done. Marry, I would not

do such a thing for a joint-ring, nor for measures

of lawn, nor for gowns, petticoats, nor

caps, nor any petty exhibition; but, for the

whole world,--why, who would not make her

husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?

I should venture purgatory for't.

Des.
Beshrew me, if I would do such a wrong (79)

For the whole world.

Emil.
Why, the wrong is but a wrong i'

the world; and having the world for your

labour, 'tis a wrong in your own world, and

you might quickly make it right.

Des.
I do not think there is any such woman.

Emil.
Yes, a dozen; and as many to the

Vantage as would store the world they played for.

But I do think it is their husbands' faults

If wives do fall: say that they slack their duties,

And pour our treasures into foreign laps, (90)

Or else break out in peevish jealousies,

Throwing restraint upon us; or say they strike us,

Or scant our former having in despite;

Why, we have galls, and though we have some grace,

Yet have we some revenge. Let husbands know

Their wives have sense like them: they see and smell

And have their palates both for sweet and sour,

As husbands have. What is it that they do

When they change us for others? Is it sport?

I think it is: and doth affection breed it? (100)

I think it doth: is 't frailty that thus errs?

It is so too: and have not we affections,

Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have?

Then let them use us well: else let them know,

The ills we do, their ills instruct us so.

Des.
Good night, good night: heaven me such uses send,

Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend! Exeunt,

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