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Oth. Well, thou dost best.

Lod. Sir, you shall understand what hath befallin,
Which, as I think, you know not: Here is a letter,
Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo ;
And here, another : the one of them imports
The death of Cassio to be undertook
By Roderigo.

Oth. O villain !
Cas. Most heathenish, and most gross !

Lod. Now here's another discontented paper,
Found in his pocket too; and this, it seems,
Roderigo meant to have sent this damned villain;
But that, belike, Iago in the interim
Came and satisfied him.

Oth. O the pernicious caitiff !--
How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief
That was my wife's ?

Cas. I found it in my chamber :
And he himself confess'd, but even now,
That there he dropp'd it, for a special purpose,
Which wrought to his desire.

Oth. O fool! fool! fool !

Cas. There is, besides, in Roderigo's letter,-
How he upbraids Iago, that he made him
Brave me upon the watch ; whereon it came
That I was cast : And even but now he spake,
After long seeming dead ---Iago hurt him,
Iago set him on.

Lod. You must forsake this room, and go
Your power and your command is taken off,
And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave ---
If there be any cunning cruelty,

with us;

That can torment him much, and hold him long,
It shall be his : You shall close prisoner rest,
Till that the nature of your fault be known
To the Venetian state : Come, bring him away.

Oth. Soft you; a word or two, before you go.
I have done the state some service, and they know it;
No more of that:---I pray you, in your letters,
When

you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice : then must you speak Of one, that lov'd not wisely, but too well ; Of one, not easily jealous, but, being wrought, Perplex'd in the extreme; of one, whose hand, Like the base Júdean, threw a pearl away, Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose subdu'd eyes, Albeit unused to the melting mood, Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicínal gum : Set you down this : And say, besides,---that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk Beat a Venetian, and traduc'd the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog, And smote him---thus.

[Stabs himself. Lod. O bloody period ! Gra. All, that's spoke, is marr’d. Oth. I kiss'd thee, ere I kill'd thee ;---No way but this,

[Falling upon DESDEMONA. Killing myself, to die upon a kiss. .

Dies. Cas. This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon ; For he was great of heart.

Lod. O Spartan dog,
More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea!

Look on the tragick loading of this bed ;

[To IAGO. This is thy work: the object poisons sight;--Let it be hid.---Gratiano, keep the house, And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor, For they succeed to you.---To you, lord governor, Remains the censure of this hellish villain ; The time, the place, the torture ---O enforce it ! Myself will straight aboard; and, to the state, This heavy act with heavy heart relate. [Exeunt.

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