"I sympathize with poor Desdemona when she had such a dangerous stream poured in her ear"
Othello and Desdemona
Public DomainOthello and Desdemona - Credit: Théodore Chassériau

 Desdemona is a character from Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello.

 Desdemona, a Venetian beauty, falls in love with Othello, a Moor in service of the Venetian Republic, despite their racial differences and the prejudices of her society.  In Act 1, Scene 3, Othello tells how he was called to recount his life story to Desdemona's father, in her hearing.  After describing a multitude of hair-raising adventures...



                                    she thank'd me,
And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her,
I should but teach him how to tell my story.
And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake:
She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I loved her that she did pity them.