116 - Later in a conversation with Iago Roderigo confesses that he has had enough of his romantic quest and plans to withdraw Iago makes a bold

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Othello questions Emilia about Desdemona, but she assures him that nothing immodest has taken  place between her mistress and Cassio. Othello, rather than abandon his suspicions, believes  Desdemona is so cunning that she has managed to deceive even her maid. Othello speaks with  Desdemona in private, threatening to banish her and calling her "whore" and "strumpet" — charges  that she immediately denies. Emilia comes in, and Othello leaves. Exhausted, Desdemona knows that she is being punished, but  she does not know what for. Emilia suspects that some villain has turned Othello against his wife and  stirred up his jealousy. When Desdemona asks Iago's advice, he says that it is only the business of  the state that makes Othello angry.
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Unformatted text preview: Later, in a conversation with Iago, Roderigo confesses that he has had enough of his romantic quest and plans to withdraw. Iago makes a bold move, linking his two plots together: He urges Roderigo to kill Cassio, explaining that Cassio's death will prevent Othello being sent elsewhere and, therefore, keep Desdemona in Cyprus. Roderigo allows himself to be persuaded. • being … heaven (36) looking like an angel. • shambles (66) a slaughterhouse. • winks (66) shuts her eyes. • go by water (104) be rendered by tears. • small'st opinion (109) least suspicion. • callet (121) a whore, or prostitute. • cogging, cozening (132) lying, cheating. • votarist (188) a nun. • fopped (194) duped; deceived...
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