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Diplomat, Venetian Civil Service

I am sorry that I am deceived in him.



My family background has provided me with great advantages in life. I am aware that I have to prove myself in the world, as people will always be looking out to see whether it is only my family that allows me to take on important roles in the state. I believe strongly that my professional approach to the work of a diplomat and the ability to see what is right and wrong in any situation will make sure that people respect me for my work and not just for my family background. Although I hold these beliefs very sincerely, it is also true that if I am faced with a threat to my family I will be sure to take every step to ensure that the honour of the family is upheld.


Brabantio >>


Brabantio, Desdemona, Gratiano


Good cousin Lodovico (Desdemona 4.1.218) , Signior Lodovico (Iago 5.1.68)



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  1. Iago >>

    I am very glad to see you signior. (4.1.219)
  2. Desdemona >>

    Cousin, there’s fall'n between him and my lord / An unkind breach. But you shall make all well.
  3. Iago >>

    Do but go after / And mark how he continues.
  4. Iago >>

    What may you be? Are you of good or evil? (5.1.66)
  5. Iago >>

    Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. (5.2.322)
  6. Othello >>

    Soft you. A word or two before you go. / I have done the state some service, and they know’t. / No more of that. I pray you in your letters, / When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, / Speak of me as I am […] Then must you speak / Of one that loved not wisely, but too well.


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His family and career

Who is he?
Lodovico is a well-respected diplomat working for the Venetian Civil Service in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He is known for his outstanding honesty and ability to see things clearly. Lodovico always makes sound judgements and can be relied upon to keep his level-headed approach in any difficult situation.

Family background
Lodovico is a member of one of the highest ranked families in Venice. He is cousin to Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio. His background has enabled him to make a rapid rise through the ranks of the civil service. He is known to have a strong sense of correct behaviour and can be seen to great advantage in society events in Venice.