The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0828 Monday, 18 March 2002
Date: Sunday, 17 Mar 2002 09:51:52 -0000
Subject: 13.07380 Re: Almost Damn'd
Comment: RE: SHK 13.07380 Re: Almost Damn'd
An ingenious suggestion Steve,
But I wonder if what we might be looking at here is a proverbial saying
the origin of which we have now lost. Might it not read something like:
Fair wives are not safe when Cassio is around since he plays the devil
(almost damn'd) because they cannot resist his charms. I don't think
that there is any need to speculate on whether he had a wife or not.
Of course what happens later in the play is that he is accused of
seducing Desdemona, and he nearly dies for it. There he would be
'damned' if we see it from the perspective of Othello and Iago since
this assassination would be a double revenge requiring the victim to be
damned. As it happens he doesn't die, but is wounded, hence 'almost'
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