“THE SEAMY SIDE” IN SHAKESPEARE. I sent Mary Jane Professor Biberman’s article, and she was reminded of some of Emilia’s lines in Othello. (Mary Jane played Emilia in college). Emilia is protesting to Iago against the accusation that Emilia has slept with Othello: “Some such squire he was/ That turned your wit the seamy side without,/ And made you to suspect me with the Moor.” As the footnote in the Riverside Shakespeare says, “seamy side without” means “wrong side out.” Mary Jane has long thought that it was apt for a glovemaker’s son to use the metaphor.

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