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Act I Scene I - Venice A Street Roderigo to Iago Thou toldst me thou didst hold him in thy hate Iago a soldier under Othellos command is arguing with Roderigo a wealthy Venetian Roderigo has paid Iago a considerable sum of money to spy on Othello for him since he wishes to take Othellos girlfriend Desdemona as his own Roderigo fears Iago has not been telling him enough and that this proves Iagos real loyalty is to Othello not him Iago tells us of his hatred towards Othello for choosing Cassio as his new lieutenant and not him as he had expected To regain Roderigos trust Iago and Roderigo inform Brabantio Desdemonas father of her relationship with Othello the Moor which enrages Brabantio into sending parties out into the night to apprehend Othello for what must obviously be in Brabantios eyes an abuse of his daughter by Othello The play begins at night in a street of Venice Roderigo a prosperous Venetian Gentleman is arguing with Iago a soldier He explains that Iago has had his purse been paid by him to keep him informed of Desdemonas activities a women whom Roderigo is in love with made clearer later in the text He complains that it angers him that Iago has not taken his duty to Roderigo seriously enough and instead has acted as if he owned Roderigos purse wealth As if the strings were thine as if the strings were yours Line 3 not telling him immediately that Desdemona had married Othello Lines 1-5 Iago complains that Roderigo is not listening to him In response Roderigo says he thought Iago hated Othello who like Desdemona is yet to be mentioned by name By implication Roderigo is trying to figure out whose side Iago is on his or Othellos for not informing him immediately of Desdemonas marriage Roderigo says Thou toldst me thou didst hold him Othello in thy hate You told me you
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