The Illustrated Venice News
A Lover in Despair!
Fall-out from Desdemona’s Elopement!
Roderigo, the eligible bachelor who is well-known in all the fashionable places in Venice, has had his hopes of love dashed. He was expected by many to win the hand of beautiful Desdemona, the beloved daughter of our Senator Brabantio. As we all now know, Desdemona eloped with General Othello and, to Brabantio’s considerable fury, is now married! Roderigo had been paying court to Desdemona, although well-placed sources say that his suit was not viewed very favourably by Brabantio.
The distraught lover found time to talk to our reporter about his feelings at this most upsetting time. 'Desdemona has completely won my heart. She is the love of my life,' Roderigo whispered, his anxiety etched on his handsome face. 'And now,' he went on, 'she has gone off with Othello, that outsider. What does he know about the ways of the courtly life of Venice? He's just a rough soldier unbelievably and fortunately promoted to general.'
During the conversation, our reporter could certainly sense the pain and anger Roderigo was experiencing and predicts that nothing would please him more than if some trouble were to befall Othello. There could be some very difficult times ahead for our General Othello with his father-in-law Brabantio angry, and now Roderigo feeling furious as well.