Othello – Thus do I ever make my fool my nurse

Othello

Shakespeare

Othello, a great general, decides to make Cassio his new lieutenant. Iago is angered because he wanted the job. Instead of telling Othello or trying to be better for the next promotion that comes around, Iago turns into a true villain. He lays out a plan to frame Cassio and take his job by convincing Othello that Othello’s new wife is having an affair with Cassio.

Iago
Thus do I ever make my fool my purse:
For I mine own gain’d knowledge should profane,
If I would time expend with such a snipe.
But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor:
And it is thought abroad, that ’twixt my sheets
He has done my office: I know not if’t be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do as if for surety. He holds me well;
The better shall my purpose work on him.
Cassio’s a proper man: let me see now:
To get his place and to plume up my will
In double knavery—How, how? Let’s see:—
After some time, to abuse Othello’s ear
That he is too familiar with his wife.
He hath a person and a smooth dispose
To be suspected, framed to make women false.
The Moor is of a free and open nature,
That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,
And will as tenderly be led by the nose As asses are.
I have’t. It is engender’d. Hell and night
Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light.

Dogspeare

Ruffago’s owner thinks he has his dog trained, but, in reality, Ruffago has his owner trained. This cunning dog gets his owner to take him to the dog park by barking and pretending he has to pee.

 

Ruffago
Thus do I ever make my fool my nurse:
For I mine own train’d knowledge should profane,
If I would paw extend on such command.
But to be taken outside. Then given food:
And it is thought inside, that ’twixt his rules
He refined my nature: I know it is part true;
But I, for half compliance in that kind,
Get treats as if for surety. He feeds me well;
The better shall my begging work on him.
Destination is dog park: let me see now:
To go that place and to fill up my well
In double woofery—How, how? Let’s sniff:–
After some time, barking loud in Owner’s ear
That he is too distracted from his work.
He hath a doggie with a clear dispose
To go out-of-doors, framed to have to go pee.
Once they are out in free and open nature,
He thinks me honest and will reward me for’t,
And will as tenderly be sniffed by my nose As asses are.
I have’t. It is enliver’d. Paw and lick
Must bring this cunning dog to the world’s light.

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