Simile in Othello
Simile Examples in Othello:
Act I - Scene I 1
"strings were thine..." See in text (Act I - Scene I)
Purse in this context means a bag for coins typically held closed by drawstrings. In the simile, Roderigo implies that Iago has access to his money or perhaps is indebted to Iago in some way. Roderigo's negative response to whatever Iago has told him sets Iago up as a dislikable character.