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Othello's Love
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0330.  Thursday, 2 May 1996.

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Apr 1996 15:15:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Othello's Love

The other day, one of my students argued that Othello's description of himself
as "one who lov'd not wisely but too well" (Riverside 5.2.344) is a reference
to his love for Iago. She pointed to Othello's "I greet thy {i.e., Iago's}
love" (3.3.469) as evidence. Certainly this makes sense of a line that has been
problematic for many auditors.  If Othello speaks the line while gesturing
toward Iago, it makes perfect sense.  If spoken about his love for Desdemona,
it seems misguided.

I imagine that this suggestion has been made before, but I can't remember
seeing it. In any case, I think it's worth noting and, perhaps, debating.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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