• Enter DESDEMONA, CASSIO, and EMILIA

    DESDEMONA

    Be thou assured, good Cassio, I will do
    All my abilities in thy behalf.

    EMILIA

    Good madam, do. I warrant it grieves my husband
    As if the cause were his.

    DESDEMONA

    5Oh, that’s an honest fellow. Do not doubt, Cassio,
    But I will have my lord and you again
    As friendly as you were.

    CASSIO

        Bounteous madam,
    Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
    He’s never anything but your true servant.

    DESDEMONA

    10I know ’t, I thank you. You do love my lord.
    You have known him long, and be you well assured
    He shall in strangeness stand no farther off
    Than in a polite distance.

    CASSIO

        Ay, but, lady,
    That policy may either last so long,
    15Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
    Or breed itself so out of circumstances,
    That, I being absent and my place supplied,
    My general will forget my love and service.

    DESDEMONA

    Do not doubt that. Before Emilia here
    20I give thee warrant of thy place. Assure thee,
    If I do vow a friendship, I’ll perform it
    To the last article. My lord shall never rest,
    I’ll watch him tame and talk him out of patience.
  • DESDEMONA, CASSIO and EMILIA enter.

    DESDEMONA

    I’ll do everything I can for you, Cassio.

    EMILIA

    Please do, madam. My husband’s so upset about Cassio’s problem you’d think it was his own.

    DESDEMONA

    Your husband’s such a good man. Don’t worry, Cassio. I’m sure you and my husband will be as friendly as you were before.

    CASSIO

    My dear beautiful lady, whatever happens to Michael Cassio, he’ll always be your humble servant.

    DESDEMONA

    I know that. Thank you. You’re my husband’s friend and you’ve known him a long time. I assure you the only reason he’s keeping away from you now is political.

    CASSIO

    Yes, my lady. But those political considerations might last such a long time that the general will forget my love and service, especially if I’m gone and someone else has my job.

    DESDEMONA

    That’ll never happen. Emilia here will be my witness: I promise you that you’ll get your position back again. And if I promise to help someone, I do everything I can. My husband will never get a moment’s rest, I’ll keep him up at night talking about you until he runs out