Quotation by Shakespeare

Then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Judean threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 343-8.

"Judean" may refer to the betrayal of Christ by Judas, who threw away the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:46) which is heaven; but the earliest text reads "Indian," suggesting an ignorant East or West Indian who does not know the value of a precious stone.
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