Othello: Act II, Scene iii


Othello.         Act 2, Scene 3.      Iago

This speech is used in our interview with Lee Nishri-Howitt

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335.  And what’s he then that says I play the villain?
336.  When this advice is free I give and honest,
337.  Probal to thinking and indeed the course
338.  To win the Moor again? For ’tis most easy
339.  The inclining Desdemona to subdue
340.  In any honest suit: she’s framed as fruitful
341.  As the free elements. And then for her
342.  To win the Moor–were’t to renounce his baptism,
343.  All seals and symbols of redeemed sin,
344.  His soul is so enfetter’d to her love,
345.  That she may make, unmake, do what she list,
346.  Even as her appetite shall play the god
347.  With his weak function. How am I then a villain
348.  To counsel Cassio to this parallel course,
349.  Directly to his good? Divinity of hell!
350.  When devils will the blackest sins put on,
351.  They do suggest at first with heavenly shows,
352.  As I do now: for whiles this honest fool
353.  Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes
354.  And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor,
355.  I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear,
356.  That she repeals him for her body’s lust;
357.  And by how much she strives to do him good,
358.  She shall undo her credit with the Moor.
359.  So will I turn her virtue into pitch,
360.  And out of her own goodness make the net
361.  That shall enmesh them all.