• Enter OTHELLO and EMILIA

    OTHELLO

    You have seen nothing then?

    EMILIA

    Nor ever heard, nor ever did suspect.

    OTHELLO

    Yes, you have seen Cassio and she together.

    EMILIA

    But then I saw no harm, and then I heard
    5Each syllable that breath made up between them.

    OTHELLO

    What, did they never whisper?

    EMILIA

    Never, my lord.

    OTHELLO

    Nor send you out o' th' way?

    EMILIA

    Never.

    OTHELLO

    10To fetch her fan, her gloves, her mask, nor nothing?

    EMILIA

    Never, my lord.

    OTHELLO

    That’s strange.

    EMILIA

    I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest,
    Lay down my soul at stake. If you think other
    15Remove your thought, it doth abuse your bosom.
    If any wretch have put this in your head
    Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse
    For if she be not honest, chaste, and true
    There’s no man happy. The purest of their wives
    20Is foul as slander.
  • OTHELLO and EMILIA enter.

    OTHELLO

    You haven’t seen anything, then?

    EMILIA

    No, and I didn’t hear anything either, or suspect anything at all.

    OTHELLO

    But you’ve seen her and Cassio together.

    EMILIA

    Yes, but I didn’t see anything wrong, and I heard every syllable they said.

    OTHELLO

    Didn’t they ever whisper?

    EMILIA

    Never, my lord.

    OTHELLO

    Or ask you to leave the room?

    EMILIA

    Never.

    OTHELLO

    Not even to get her fan, or her gloves, or her mask, or anything?

    EMILIA

    No, my lord.

    OTHELLO

    That’s strange.

    EMILIA

    I’d swear to you on my soul that she’s a good, honest person, sir. If you suspect otherwise, stop thinking that right now because you’re wrong. If any jerk has tried to convince you she’s bad, I hope God curses him. If she’s not honest, faithful, and true, then there’s no such thing as a faithful wife or a happy husband.