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Desdemona

I pray you hear her speak

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Brabantio
I pray you hear her speak.
If she confess that she was half the wooer,
Destruction on my head if my bad blame
Light on the man.—Come hither, gentle mistress.
Do you perceive in all this noble company
Where most you owe obedience?
Desdemona
My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty.
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Act 1
Scene 3
Line 202

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Most gracious duke, To my unfolding lend your prosperous ear

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Desdemona
Most gracious duke,
To my unfolding lend your prosperous ear
And let me find a charter in your voice
T’ assist my simpleness.
Duke
What would you, Desdemona?
Desdemona
That I love the Moor to live with him
My downright violence and storm of fortunes
May trumpet to the world.
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Act 1
Scene 3
Line 278

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What wouldst write of me if thou shouldst praise me?

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Desdemona
What wouldst write of me if thou shouldst praise me?
Iago
O, gentle lady, do not put me to ‘t,
For I am nothing if not critical.
Desdemona
Come on, assay.—There’s one gone to the harbor?
Iago
Ay, madam.
Desdemona, aside
I am not merry,
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 131

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O, my fair warrior!

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Othello
O, my fair warrior!
Desdemona
My dear Othello!
Othello
It gives me wonder great as my content
To see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!
If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have wakened death,
And let the laboring bark climb hills of seas
Olympus high,
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 197

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Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul

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Desdemona
Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul
What you would ask me that I should deny,
Or stand so mamm’ring on? What? Michael Cassio,
That came a-wooing with you, and so many a time,
When I have spoke of you dispraisingly,
Hath ta’en your part—to have so much to do
To bring him in!
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Act 3
Scene 3
Line 76

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I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me

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Othello
I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me.
Lend me thy handkerchief.
Desdemona
Here, my lord.
Othello
That which I gave you.
Desdemona
I have it not about me.
Othello
Not?
Desdemona
No, faith, my lord.
Othello
That’s a fault.
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Act 3
Scene 4
Line 58

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How now, good Cassio, what’s the news with you?

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Desdemona
How now, good Cassio, what’s the news with you?
Cassio
Madam, my former suit. I do beseech you
That by your virtuous means I may again
Exist, and be a member of his love
Whom I with all the office of my heart
Entirely honor. I would not be delayed.
If my offense be of such mortal kind
That nor my service past nor present sorrows
Nor purposed merit in futurity
Can ransom me into his love again,
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Act 3
Scene 4
Line 127

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Is my lord angry?

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Iago
Is my lord angry?
Emilia
He went hence but now,
And certainly in strange unquietness.
Iago
Can he be angry? I have seen the cannon
When it hath blown his ranks into the air
And, like the devil, from his very arm
Puffed his own brother—and is he angry?
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Act 3
Scene 4
Line 151

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Had it pleased heaven To try me with affliction

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Othello
Had it pleased heaven
To try me with affliction, had they rained
All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
Steeped me in poverty to the very lips,
Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes,
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience.

Was this fair paper,
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Act 4
Scene 2
Line 57

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He called her “whore”

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Emilia
He called her “whore.” A beggar in his drink
Could not have laid such terms upon his callet.
Iago
Why did he so?
Desdemona
I do not know. I am sure I am none such.
Iago
Do not weep, do not weep! Alas the day!
Emilia
Hath she forsook so many noble matches,
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Act 4
Scene 2
Line 141

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