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"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act II

February 21, 2013
Iago, arguably the greatest villain in all of Shakespeare, manipulates nearly everyone in "Othello" to bring about his fiendish and tragic plans.

As you read Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello," learn these word lists: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, and Act V.
quirk
One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens,
contention
The great contention of the sea and skies
citadel
They give their greeting to the citadel;
paradox
These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i'
the alehouse.
apt
You say true; 'tis so, indeed: if such tricks as
these strip you out of your lieutenantry, it had
been better you had not kissed your three fingers so
oft, which now again you are most apt to play the
sir in.
discreet
Mark me with what violence she first loved the Moor,
but for bragging and telling her fantastical lies:
and will she love him still for prating? let not
thy discreet heart think it.
satiety
When the blood is made dull with the act of
sport, there should be, again to inflame it and to
give satiety a fresh appetite, loveliness in favour,
sympathy in years, manners and beauties; all which
the Moor is defective in: now, for want of these
required conveniences, her delicate tenderness will
find itself abused, begin to heave the gorge,
disrelish and abhor the Moor; very nature will
instruct her in it and compel her to some second
choice.
eminent
Now, sir, this granted, -- as it is a most
pregnant and unforced position -- who stands so
eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio
does? a knave very voluble; no further
conscionable than in putting on the mere form of
civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing
of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why,
none; why, none: a slipper and subtle knave, a
finder of occasions, that has an eye can stamp and
counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never
present itself; a dev
voluble
Now, sir, this granted, -- as it is a most
pregnant and unforced position -- who stands so
eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio
does? a knave very voluble; no further
conscionable than in putting on the mere form of
civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing
of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why,
none; why, none: a slipper and subtle knave, a
finder of occasions, that has an eye can stamp and
counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never
present itself; a dev
counterfeit
Now, sir, this granted, -- as it is a most
pregnant and unforced position -- who stands so
eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio
does? a knave very voluble; no further
conscionable than in putting on the mere form of
civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing
of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why,
none; why, none: a slipper and subtle knave, a
finder of occasions, that has an eye can stamp and
counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never
present itself; a dev
requisite
Besides, the
knave is handsome, young, and hath all those
requisites in him that folly and green minds look
after: a pestilent complete knave; and the woman
hath found him already.
lechery
Lechery, by this hand; an index and obscure prologue
to the history of lust and foul thoughts.
marshal
Villanous thoughts, Roderigo! when these
mutualities so marshal the way, hard at hand comes
the master and main exercise, the incorporate
conclusion, Pish!
impediment
So
shall you have a shorter journey to your desires by
the means I shall then have to prefer them; and the
impediment most profitably removed, without the
which there were no expectation of our prosperity.
egregious
For making him egregiously an ass
wary
That hold their honours in a wary distance,
potent
I learned it in England, where, indeed, they are
most potent in potting: your Dane, your German, and
your swag-bellied Hollander -- Drink, ho! -- are nothing
to your English.
equinox
'Tis to his virtue a just equinox,
rogue
You rogue! you rascal!
censure
In mouths of wisest censure: what's the matter,
entreat
Steps in to Cassio, and entreats his pause:
inordinate
Every inordinate cup is
unblessed and the ingredient is a devil.
importune
Our general's wife
is now the general: may say so in this respect, for
that he hath devoted and given up himself to the
contemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts and
graces: confess yourself freely to her; importune
her help to put you in your place again: she is of
so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition,
she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more
than she is requested: this broken joint between
you and her husband entreat her to splinter; and, my
fortunes against any
renounce
To win the Moor -- were't to renounce his baptism,
dilatory
And wit depends on dilatory time.

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