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"Othello" By William Shakespeare, Act 4

February 21, 2013
Influenced by the duplicitous Iago, Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, begins to doubt his wife's faithfulness. Read the full text here.

Here are links to our lists for the play: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5
venial
If they do nothing, ’tis a venial slip.
epilepsy
My lord is fall’n into an epilepsy.
This is his second fit. He had one yesterday.
fiend
O, ’tis the spite of hell, the fiend’s arch-mock,
To lip a wanton in a secure couch
And to suppose her chaste!
anon
I shifted him away
And laid good ’scuses upon your ecstasy,
Bade him anon return and here speak with me,
The which he promised.
gibe
Do but encave yourself,
And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns
That dwell in every region of his face.
spleen
Marry, patience,
Or I shall say you’re all in all in spleen,
And nothing of a man.
dote
It is a creature
That dotes on Cassio—as ’tis the strumpet’s plague
To beguile many and be beguiled by one.
beguile
It is a creature
That dotes on Cassio—as ’tis the strumpet’s plague
To beguile many and be beguiled by one.
construe
As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad,
And his unbookish jealousy must construe
Poor Cassio’s smiles, gestures, and light behaviors
Quite in the wrong.
wholesome
Prithee bear
some charity to my wit! Do not think it so unwholesome.
beckon
Iago beckons me. Now he begins the story.
thither
I was the other day talking on the sea-bank with certain Venetians, and thither comes the bauble. By this hand, she falls thus about my neck!
bauble
I was the other day talking on the sea-bank with certain Venetians, and thither comes the bauble. By this hand, she falls thus about my neck!
loll
So hangs and lolls and weeps upon me, so shakes and pulls me.
rail
IAGO: After her, after her!
CASSIO: Faith, I must. She’ll rail in the streets else.
fain
Well, I may chance to see you, for I would very fain speak with you.
vice
Did you perceive how he laughed at his vice?
plenteous
O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear!
Of so high and plenteous wit and invention!
expostulate
Get me some poison, Iago, this night. I’ll not expostulate with her lest her body and beauty unprovide my mind again. This night, Iago.
breach
Cousin, there’s fall’n between him and my lord
An unkind breach, but you shall make all well.
amends
My lord, this would not be believed in Venice,
Though I should swear I saw ’t. ’Tis very much.
Make her amends. She weeps.
censure
He’s that he is. I may not breathe my censure
What he might be. If what he might he is not,
I would to heaven he were.
slander
The purest of their wives
Is foul as slander.
affliction
Had it pleased heaven
To try me with affliction, had they rained
All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
Steeped me in poverty to the very lips,
Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes,
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience.
garner
But there where I have garnered up my heart,
Where either I must live or bear no life,
The fountain from the which my current runs
Or else dries up—to be discarded thence,
Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
To knot and gender in—turn thy complexion there,
Patience, thou young and rose-lipped cherubin,
Ay, there look grim as hell.
cistern
But there where I have garnered up my heart,
Where either I must live or bear no life,
The fountain from the which my current runs
Or else dries up—to be discarded thence,
Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
To knot and gender in—turn thy complexion there,
Patience, thou young and rose-lipped cherubin,
Ay, there look grim as hell.
complexion
But there where I have garnered up my heart,
Where either I must live or bear no life,
The fountain from the which my current runs
Or else dries up—to be discarded thence,
Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
To knot and gender in—turn thy complexion there,
Patience, thou young and rose-lipped cherubin,
Ay, there look grim as hell.
cinder
O thou public commoner,
I should make very forges of my cheeks
That would to cinders burn up modesty,
Did I but speak thy deeds.
bawdy
What committed?
Heaven stops the nose at it, and the moon winks;
The bawdy wind that kisses all it meets
Is hushed within the hollow mine of earth
And will not hear ’t. What committed?
cozen
I will be hanged if some eternal villain,
Some busy and insinuating rogue,
Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office,
Have not devised this slander.
seamy
O, fie upon them! Some such squire he was
That turned your wit the seamy side without
And made you to suspect me with the Moor.
forswear
If e’er my will did trespass ’gainst his love,
Either in discourse of thought or actual deed,
Or that mine eyes, mine ears, or any sense
Delighted them in any other form,
Or that I do not yet, and ever did,
And ever will—though he do shake me off
To beggarly divorcement—love him dearly,
Comfort forswear me!
solicitation
If she will return me my jewels, I will give over my suit and repent my unlawful solicitation.
mettle
Why, now I see there’s mettle in thee, and even from this instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before.
linger
He goes into Mauritania and takes away with him the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be lingered here by some accident—wherein none can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio.
determinate
He goes into Mauritania and takes away with him the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be lingered here by some accident—wherein none can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio.
shroud
If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me
In one of those same sheets.
nether
I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.
palate
Their wives have sense like them. They see, and smell,
And have their palates both for sweet and sour,
As husbands have.
frailty
Is ’t frailty that thus errs?
It is so too. And have not we affections,
Desires for sport, and frailty, as men have?

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