|English 366B, Section S02: Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies > Othello: Thomas Rhymer on Othello|
Thomas Rymer, whose taste was neo-classical, wrote in the late seventeenth century:
The moral, sure, of this Fable is very instructive. First, This may be a caution to all Maidens of Quality, how, without their Parents consent, they run away with Blackamoors. Secondly, This may be a warning to all good Wives that they may look well to their Linnen. Thirdly, This may be a lesson to Husbands, that before their Jealousie be Tragical, the proofs may be Mathematical. . . . But the tragical part is, plainly none other, than a Bloody Farce, without salt or savour.
Thomas Rymer, "Short View of Tragedy," in Critical Works of Thomas Rymer, ed. by Curt A. Zimansky, New Haven, London, 1956: 132, 164.