Act 4 Scene 3
In this scene Othello dismisses Desdemona to bed and tells her to also dismiss Emilia. As Othello and Lodovico go for a walk Desdemona and Emilia have a discussion. Desdemona in a way has a premonition of her death as she tells Emilia that if she is to die that she wants to be wrapped in her wedding sheets in addition to singing a song about unfortunate love. The song that Desdemona sings about the maid Barbara who was abandoned by her lover and was left to sing the song as she died also gives a hint towards Desdemona's death. Emilia thinks that Desdemona's marriage was a mistake and they then go on to discuss martial fidelity. Desdemona argues that fidelity is a necessity while Emilia on the other hand thinks that women should have the same sexual freedom that men have. The scene ends with the two women parting.
Desdemona: "All's one. Good faith, how foolish are our minds!/ If I do die before thee prithee, shroud me/ In one of those same sheets."
Emilia: "In troth, I think I should; and undo't when I had/ done. Marry, I would not do such a thing for a/ joint-ring, nor for measures of lawn, nor for/ gowns, petticoats, nor caps, nor any petty/ exhibition; but for the whole world,--why, who would/ not make her husband a cuckold to make him a/ monarch? I should venture purgatory for't.