Once they have landed, Othello’s ship is sighted, and the group goes to the harbor.
As they wait for Othello, Cassio greets Desdemona by clasping her hand.
It gives us a high and permanent interest, beyond ourselves, in humanity as such.
It raises the great, the remote, and the possible to an equality with the real, the little and the near. It subdues and softens the stubbornness of his will.
Once everyone has left, Roderigo complains to Iago that he has no chance of breaking up Othello’s marriage.
Iago assures Roderigo that as soon as Desdemona’s “blood is made dull with the act of sport,” she will lose interest in Othello and seek sexual satisfaction elsewhere (II.i.222).
She is resolute and tenacious in the face of adversity.
She bids Othello do the sensible thing and ask Cassio how he obtained her handkerchief, but this is too rational for Othello, who has already ordered his murder.
This leaves his mind susceptible to the tragic poisoning by the scheming Iago, even though sweet Desdemona has done nothing wrong.
This quote demonstrates her strength and her bravery.