WHAT IS REPUTATION?
Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’Twas mine, ’tis his, and hath been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.
[Othello, III, iii, 155–61]
As ever, Shakespeare got it right. Iago may have been cynically ...