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Roderigo

I do not find that thou dealest justly with me.

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I have been an admirer of Desdemona’s for a long time and had high hopes for our marriage as I know we would have been perfectly matched. So, I am upset and furious that Othello, that outsider, has stolen Desdemona away from me. I just don’t understand what she can see in him – he does not come from the same class as her. What can he know about the life of the nobility in Venice when his life has been spent in the company of rough, common soldiers? Iago tells me that Desdemona will soon get fed up with him and that I will have a chance to win her for myself. That means following her to Cyprus, which I am not keen to do, but if it is the only way to get her, then I will have to do as Iago says.

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Cassio >>

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Iago

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Called

Noble heart (Iago 1.3.302) , Young quat (Iago 5.1.11)

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Loves Desdemona

Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Photo: Ellie Kurttz

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  1. Lodovico >>

    I have charged thee not to haunt about my doors. / In honest plainness thou hast heard me say, / My daughter is not for thee.
    [1.1.99-101]
  2. Cassio >>

    Zounds! You rogue! You rascal! (2.3.135)
  3. Cassio >>

    A knave teach me my duty? I'll beat the knave into a / twiggen bottle.
    [2.3.137-138]

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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.

Feelings
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.'

Trouble Ahead?
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.