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His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift,
I’ll intermingle everything he does
With Cassio’s suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio,
For thy solicitor shall rather die
Than give thy cause away.
of patience. He will think that his bed has become a conference table for discussing your problem—he won’t be able to get away from it. I’ll bring up your name at every moment. So cheer up. I’m your advocate, and I’d rather die than give up on you.
Enter OTHELLO and IAGO
OTHELLO and IAGO enter.

EMILIA
    Madam, here comes my lord.
EMILIA
Madam, here comes your husband.

CASSIO
Madam, I’ll take my leave.
CASSIO
Madam, I’d better leave now.

DESDEMONA
    Why, stay and hear me speak.
DESDEMONA
Why not stay and hear me talk to him?

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CASSIO
Madam, not now. I am very ill at ease,
Unfit for mine own purposes.
CASSIO
No, madam. I’m very uncomfortable, and that won’t help my case.

DESDEMONA
Well, do your discretion.
DESDEMONA
Well, do whatever you think best.
Exit CASSIO
CASSIO exits.

IAGO
Ha! I like not that.
IAGO
Hey! I don’t like that.

OTHELLO
What dost thou say?
OTHELLO
What did you say?

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IAGO
Nothing, my lord, or if—I know not what.
IAGO
Nothing, my lord, or if I did—I don’t know what.

OTHELLO
Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?
OTHELLO
Wasn’t that Cassio leaving my wife?



IAGO
Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it
That he would steal away so guilty-like
Seeing you coming.
IAGO
Cassio, my lord? No, I don’t think so. He wouldn’t sneak away looking so guilty when he saw you coming.

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OTHELLO
I do believe ’twas he.
OTHELLO
I really think it was him.

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