In act 2 scene 1, what does Emilia mean by the quote "you shall not write my praise" when she is talking to Iago?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

She's referring to two things, one general and one specific. First, Iago is saying false things about her—that's the specific. He's insulting her falsely, and so she doesn't trust him to praise her accurately. Second, and more generally, he's in a foolish mood, so she's blocking him a bit.