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In unusually coarse imagery, Iago then introduces the subject of what kind of evidence would resolve  Othello's doubts. The bestial images that Iago conjures up reek of base sexuality, for now Iago no  longer needs to rely on innuendo. Now he tells Othello a bold lie, claiming that he himself slept  beside Cassio recently; kept awake by a raging toothache that night, Iago says that Cassio moaned  in his sleep for "Sweet Desdemona" (419) and cautioned her to hide their love. Then Cassio seized  Iago's hand, kissed him hard on the mouth, and threw his leg over Iago's thigh, kissing him all the  while, and cursing fate, which "gave [Desdemona] to the Moor!" (421–26). This is Iago's "proof" that  makes it perfectly clear to him that Cassio has had illicit relations with Desdemona.
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