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Now naked breasts invite our hands." (52) The passage emphasizes the communal nature of grief, and the extent of the women's suffering as they tear out their hair, begrime their faces, rip off their garments, and beat their chests.
He ends this book with the hope that, if "readers of the twenty-first century can remove the overlay of prejudice that begrimes" words like "Pharisee," then Selden's "cultural influence will not have ended" (278).
(3.3.389-93; emphasis added) Alone, this passage suggests that when Desdemona begrimes herself she reveals Othello's essential inner foulness or "blackness" beyond the accidental blackness of his face.