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damn'd “in a fair wife,” OTHELLO, i. 1. 21. The passage is probably corrupt, but no one of the many emendations proposed is satisfactory. Arrowsmith's attempt at an explanation, though somewhat forced, is perhaps the best that has been suggested: “a fellow whose qualifications for the office would be almost discreditable in a woman.” Iago adds in the same vein that Cassio's soldiership “was no better than might be found in a spinster.”

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