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Have you forgot all sense of place and duty ? Myself the crying fellow did pursue, Hold, hold! the general speaks to you; hold, for Lest, by his clamour, (as it so fell out) shame!
The town might fall in fright : he, swift of fout, Oth. Why, how now, ho ! from whence ariseth Outran my purpose ; and I retix'd the rather this?
For that I heard the clink and fall of swords, Are we turn'd Turks; and to ourselves do that, And Cassio high in oath; which, all to-night, Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites?
I ne'er might say before : When I came back, For christian shame, put by this barbarous brawl: (For this was brief,) I found them close together, He that stirs next to carve for his own rage,
At blow, and thrust; even as again they were, Holds his soul light; he dies upon his motion. When you yourself did part them." Silence that dreadful bell, it frights the isle More of this matter can I not report :From her propriety.' — What is the matter, mas But men are men : the best sometimes forget : ters?
Though Cassio did some little wrong to him, Honest Iago, that look'st dead with grieving, As men in rage strike those that wish them best, Speak, who began this ? on thy love, I charge thee. Yet, surely, Cassio, I believe, receiv'd, Iago. I do not know ;-friends all but now, even From him that fled, some strange indignity, now,
Which patience could not pass. In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom Oth.
I know, Iago, Devesting them for bed : and then, but now, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, (As if some planet had unwitted men,)
Making it light to Cassio : - Cassio, I love thee; Swords out, and tiltir one at another's breast, But never more be officer of mine. In opposition bloody. I cannot speak Any beginning to this peevisb odds ;
Enter DESDEMONA, attended.
Look, if my gentle love be not rais'd up;-
What's the matter, dear ?
Myself will be your surgeon : Lead him off. The world hath noted, and your name is great
[To Montano, who is led off In mouths of wisest censure; What's the matter, Iago, look with care about the town; That you unlace your reputation thus,
And silence those whom this vile brawl distracted. And spend your rich opinion, for the name
Come, Desdemona ; 'tis the soldiers' life, Of a night-brawler? give me answer to it.
To have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife. Mon. Worthy Othello, I am hurt to danger;
[Exeunt all but Iago and Cassio. Your officer, Iago, can inform you
Iago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant? While I spare speech, which something now offends Cas. Ay, past all surgery. me;
Iago. Marry, heaven forbid ! Of all that I do know : nor know I aught
Cus. Reputation, reputation, reputation ! O, I By me that's said or done amiss this night; have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal Unless self-charity be sometime a vice;
part, sir, of myself, and what remains is bestial. And to defend ourselves it be a sin,
My reputation, lago, my reputation. When violence assails us.
Tago. As I am an honest man, I thought you had Oth.
Now, by heaven, received some bodily wound; there is more offence My blood begins my safer guides to rule ;
in that, than in reputation. Reputation is an idle And passion, having my best judgment collied, and most false imposition ; oft got without merit, Assays to lead the way: If I once stir,
and lost without deserving : You have lost no reOr do but lift this arm, the best of you
putation at all, unless you repute yourself such a. Shall sink in my rebuke. Give me to know loser. What, man! there are ways to recover the How this foul rout began, who set it on;
general again : You are but now cast in his mood, And he that is approv'd in this offence,
a punishment more in policy than in malice ; even Though he had twinn'd with me, both at a birth, so as one would beat his offenceless dog, to affright Shall lose me. - What! in a town of war,
an imperious lion: sue to him again, and he is your's. Yet wild, the people's hearts brimful of fear,
Cas. I will rather sue to be despised, than to To manage private and domestick quarrel, deceive so good a commander, with so slight, so In night, and on the court and guard of safety! drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk ? and 'Tis monstrous. - Iago, who began it?
speak parrot ? and squabble ? swagger? swear ? and Mon. If partially affin'd, or leagu'd in office, discourse fustian with one's own shadow ?-0 thou Thou dost deliver more or less than truth,
invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be Thou art no soldier.
known by, let us call thee — devil! lago. Touch me not so near :
Iago. What was he that you followed with your I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth, sword ? What had he done to you? Than it should do offence to Michael Cassio ;
Cas. I know not. Yet, I persuade myself, to speak the truth
- Iago. Is it possible? shall nothing wrong him. — Thus it is, general. Cas. I remember a mass of things, but nothing Montano and myself being in speech,
distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore, - 0, There comes a fellow, crying out for help;
that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to And Cassio following him with determin'd sword, steal away their brains ! that we should, with joy, Co execute upon him : Sir, this gentleman revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves iteps in to Cassio, and entreats his pause;
Iugo. Why, but you are now well enough: How | In any honest suit; she's fram'd as fruitful came you thus recovered ?
As the free elements. And then for her Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to To win the Moor, — were't to renounce his baptism, give place to the devil, wrath : one unperfectness All seals and symbols of redeemed sin, shows me another, to make me frankly despise my- His soul is so enfetter'd to her love, self.
That she may make, unmake, do what she list, Iago. Come, you are too severe a moraler : As Even as her appetite shall play the god the time, the place, and the condition of this coun With his weak function. How am I then a villain, try stands, I could heartily wish this had not be- To counsel Cassio to this parallel course, fallen; but, since it is as it is, mend it for your own Directly to his good ? Divinity of hell ! good.
When devils will their blackest sins put on, Cas. I will ask him for my place again ; he shall They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, tell me, I am a drunkard ! Had I as many mouths As I do now: For while this honest fool as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes, be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and pre- and she for him pleads strongly to the Moor, sently a beast ! O strange! -Every inordinate cup I'll pour this pestilence into his ear, is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.
That she repeals him for her body's lust; lago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar And, by how much she strives to do him good, creature, if it be well used; exclaim no more against She shall undo her credit with the Moor. it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you think I So will I turn her virtue into pitch;
And out of her own goodness make the net, Cas. I have well approved it, sir. I drunk! That shall enmesh them all.—How now, Roderigo?
Iago. You, or any man living, may be drunk at some time, man. I'll tell you what you shall do.
Enter RODERICO Our general's wife is now the general ; I may say Rod. I do follow here in the chace, not like s so in this respect, for that he hath devoted and given hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. up himself to the contemplation, mark, and denote- My money is almost spent; I have been tonight ment of her parts and graces : confess yourself exceedingly well cudgelled; and, I think, the inue freely to her ; importune her ; she'll help to put you will be — I shall have so much experience for my in your place again : she is of so free, so kind, so pains : and so, with no money at all, and a liske apt, so blessed a disposition, that she holds it a vice more wit, return to Venice. in her goodness, not to do more than she is re Jago. How poor are they, that have not patience quested: This broken joint, between you and her What wound did ever heal, but by degrees? husband, entreat her to splinter ; and, my fortunes Thou know'st, we work by wit, and not by witch against any lay worth naming, this crack of your
craft ; love shall grow stronger than it was before. And wit depends on dilatory time. Cas. You advise me well.
Does't not go well ? Cassio hath beaten thee, Iago. I protest, in the sincerity of love, and And thou, by that small hurt, hath cashier'd Cassio : honest kindness.
Though other things grow fair against the sun, Cas. I think it freely; and, betimes in the morn Yet fruits, that blossom first, will first be ripes ing, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to Content thyself a while. By the mass, 'tis marings undertake for me: I am desperate of my fortunes, Pleasure, and action, make the hours seem shat if they check me here.
Retire thee; go where thou art billeted : Iago. You are in the right. Good night, lieute-Away, I say, thou shalt know more hereafter » nant; I must to the watch.
Nay, get thee gone. (Exi Rod.) Two things a Cas. Good night, honest Iago. [Erit Cassio.
to be done, Iago. And what's he then, that says, - I play the My wife must move for Cassio to ber mistress; villain ?
I'll set her on; When this advice is free, I give, and honest, Myself, the while, to draw the Moor apart, Probal to thinking, and (indeed) the course And bring him jump when he may Cassio fixsd To win the Moor again ? For 'tis most easy Soliciting his wife : — Ay, that's the way; The inclining Desdemona to subdue
Dull not device by coldness and delay.
Clo. Are these, I pray you, called wind in SCENE I. - Before the Castle.
ments ? Enter Cassio, and some Musicians.
1 Mus. Ay, marry, are they, sir.
Clo. O, thereby hangs a tail. Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your pains, 1 Mus. Whereby hangs a tale, sir ? Something that's brief; and bid good-morrow, Clo. Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument the general.
[Musick. I know. But, masters, here's money for you Enter Clown.
and the general so likes your musick, en Clo. Why, masters, have your instruments been with it.
desires you, of all loves, to make no more s at Naples, that they speak i'the nose thus ? 1 Mus. How, sir, how !
1 Mus. Well, sir, we will not.
heard, to't again : but, as they say, to hear musick, Emil. Good madam, do; I know, it grieves my the general does not greatly care.
husband, 1 Mus. We have none such, sir.
As if the case were his. Clo. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll Des. O, that's an honest fellow. - Do not doubt, away: Go; vanish into air ; away.
Cassio, [Exeunt Musicians. But I will have my lord and you again Cas. Dost thou hear, my honest friend?
As friendly as you were. Clo. No, I hear not your honest friend ; I hear Cas.
Bounteous madam, you.
Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio, Cas. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets. There's a He's never any thing but your true servant. poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman Des. O, sir, I thank you : You do love my lord: that attends the general's wife, be stirring, tell her, You have known him long; and be you well assur'a, there's one Cassio entreats her a little favour of He shall in strangeness stand no further off speech : Wilt thou do this?
Than in a politick distance. Clo. She is stirring, sir; if she will stir hither, I
Ay, but, lady, shall seem to notify unto her.
[Exit. That policy may either last so long, Enter IAGO.
Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
My general will forget my love and service.
Des. Do not doubt that; before Emilia here, Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago, I give thee warrant of thy place : assure thee, To send in to your wife: My suit to her
If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
To the last article : my lord shall never rest; Procure me some access.
I'll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience; Iago.
I'll send her to you presently ; | His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift; And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
I'll intermingle every thing he does Out of the way, that your converse and business With Cassio's suit : Therefore bę merry, Cassio; May be more free.
[Erit. For thy solicitor shall rather die, Cas. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew Than give thy cause away. A Florentine more kind and honest.
Enter OTHELLO and Iago, at a distance. Enter EMILIA.
Madam, here comes Emil. Good morrow, good lieutenant: I am sorry My lord. For your displeasure ; but all will soon be well.
Cas. Madam, I'll take my leave. The general, and his wife, are talking of it;
Why, stay, And she speaks for you stoutly: The Moor replies, And hear me speak. That he, you hurt, is of great fame in Cyprus, Cas. Madam, not now; I am very ill at ease, And great affinity; and that, in wholesome wisdom, Unfit for mine own purposes. He might not but refuse you: but, he protests, he Des.
Well, well, loves you ;
Do your discretion,
[Erit CASSIO. And needs no other suitor, but his likings,
Ha! I like not that. To take the saf'st occasion by the front,
Oth. What dost thou say ? To bring you in again.
Iago. Nothing, my lord: or if— I know not what. Cas. Yet, I beseech you,
Oth. Was not that Cassio, parted from my wife? If you think fit, or that it may be done,
Iago. Cassio, my lord ? No, sure, I
cannot think it, Give me advantage of some brief discourse
That he would steal away so guilty-like,
Seeing you coming.
I do believe 'twas he. [ will bestow you where you shall have time
Des. How now, my lord ? Io speak your bosom freely.
I have been talking with a suitor here, Cas.
I am much bound to you. A man that languishes in your displeasure.
[Exeunt. Oth. Who is't you mean? SCENE II. - A Room in the Castle.
Des. Why, your lieutenant Cassio. Good my lord,
If I have any grace, or power to move you,
For, if he be not one that truly loves you,
That errs in ignorance, and not in cunning, What done, I will be walking on the works,
I have no judgment in an honest face :
I pr’ythee, call him back.
Went he hence now? Iago.
Well, my good lord, I'll do't. Oth. This fortification, gentlemen, - shall we
Des. Ay, sooth ; so humbled, see't?
That he hath left part of his grief with me ; Gent. We'll wait upon your lordship. (Exeunt. 1 suffer with him. Good love, call him back.
Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona; some other time.
Des. But shall't be shortly?
The sooner, sweet, for you. Enter DESDEMONA, Cassio, and EMILIA.
Des. Shall’t be to-night at supper ? Des. Be thou assur’d, good Cassio, I will do Oth.
No, not to-night. 11 my abilities in thy behalf,
Des. To-morrow dinner then ?
I shall not dine at home ; When Cassio left my wife; What did'st not like?, I meet the captains at the citadel.
And, when I told thee — he was of my counsel Des. Why then, to-morrow night; or Tuesday In my whole course of wooing, thou cry'dst, Indeed! morn ;
And did'st contract and purse thy brow together, Or Tuesday noon, or night; or Wednesday morn; As if thou then had'st shut up in thy brain I pray thee, name the time; but let it not
Some horrible conceit: If thou dost love me, Exceed three days : in faith he's penitent;
Show me thy thought. And yet his trespass in our common reason,
Iago. My lord, you know I love you. (Save that, they say, the wars must make examples Oth.
I think thou dost; Out of their best,) is not almost a fault
And, - for I know thou art full of love and honesty, To incur a private check : When shall he come ?' And weigh'st thy words before thou gir'st the Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul,
breath, What you could ask me, that I should deny, Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more: Or stand so mammering on. What! Michael Cassio, For such things in a false disloyal knave, That came a wooing with you ; and many a time, Are tricks of custom; but, in a man that's just, When I have spoke of you dispraisingly,
They are close denotements, working from the heart, Hath ta'en your part; to have so much to do That passion cannot rule. To bring him in! Trust me, I could do much, Iago.
For Michael Cassia, – Oth. Pr’ythee, no more: let him come when he I dare be sworn, I think that he is honest. will ;
Oth. I think so too. I will deny thee nothing.
Men should be what they seem; Des.
Why, this is not a boon; Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none ! 'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves, Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem. Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm;
Why then, Or sue to you to do peculiar profit
I think, that Cassio is an honest man. To your own person : Nay, when I have a suit, Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this : Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed, I pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings It shall be full of poize and difficulty,
As thou dost ruminate ; and give thy wors de And fearful to be granted.
I will deny thee nothing : | The worst of words. Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this,
Good my lord, pardon me; To leave me but a little to myself.
Though I am bound to every act of duty, Des. Shall I deny you? no: Farewell, my lord. I am not bound to that all slaves are free to. Oth. Farewell, my Desdemona: I will come to Utter my thoughts? Why, say, they are vile n. thee straight.
false, Des. Emilia, come: - · Be it as your fancies teach As where's that palace, whereunto foul things you ;
Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pare, Whate'er you be, I am obedient.
But some uncleanly apprehensions
[Exit, with Emilia. Keep leets, and law-days, and in session sit Oth. Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul, With meditations lawful? But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, laga, Chaos is come again.
If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak's his se Iago. My noble lord,
A stranger to thy thoughts.
I do beseech you, Iago. Did Michael Cassio, when you woo'd my Though I, perchance, am vicious in my guess, lady,
As, I confess, it is my nature's plague Know of your love ?
To spy into abuses; and, oft my jealousy Oth. He did, from first to last : Why dost thou Shapes faults that are not, I entreat you ther, ask?
From one that so imperfectly conjects Iago. But for a satisfaction of my thought ; You'd take no notice ; nor build yourself
' a trostale No further harm.
Out of his scattering and unsure observance : Oth.
Why of thy thought, Iago ? It were not for your quiet, nor your good, Iago. I did not think, he had been acquainted Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom, with her.
To let you know my thoughts. Oth. O, yes; and went between us very oft.
What dost thou met Iago. Indeed?
Iago. Good name, in man, and woman, der zu oth. Indeed ! ay, indeed :-Discern’st thou aught
lord, in that?
Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Is he not honest ?
Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something Iago. Honest, my lord ?
Ay, honest. 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thouse, Iago. My lord, for aught I know.
But he, that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that, which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Think, my lord ! Oth. By heaven, I'll know thy thought By heaven, he echoes me,
Iago. You cannot, if my heart were in your loved As if there were some monster in his thought Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody. Too hideous to be shown. - Thou dost mean some Oth. Ha! thing:
O, beware, my lord, of jeslo: I heard thee say but now, - Thou lik’dst not that, It is the green-ey'd monster, which doch auch
The meat it feeds on : That cuckold lives in bliss
No, not much mov'd :Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; I do not think but Desdeinona's honcst. But, 0, what damned minutes teils he o'er,
Iago. Long live she so ! and long live you to Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves!
think so! Oih. O misery!
Oih. And yet, how nature erring from itself, -
Not to affect many proposed matches,
Whereto, we see, in all things nature tends :
Foh ! one may smell, in such, a will most rauk, Think'st thou, I'd make a life of jealousy,
Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.
But, pardon me; I do not in position,
May fall to match you with her country forms, To such exsufilicate, and blown surmises,
And (happily) repent. Matching thy inference. 'Tis not to make me Olh.
Farewell, farewell : jealous,
If more thou dost perceive, let me know more ; To say - my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, Set on thy wife to observe: Leave me, Iago. Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well ; Iago. My lord, I take my leave. [Going. Where virtue is, these are more virtuous :
Oth. Why did I marry ? - This honest creature, Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw
doubtless, The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt;
Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds. For she had eyes, and chose me : No, Iago ; Iago. My lord, I would, I might entreat your I'll see, before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;
honour And, on the proof, there is no more but this, To scan this thing no further; leave it to time: Away at once with love, or jealousy.
And though it be fit that Cassio have his place, Iago. I am glad of this; for now I shall ho (For, surc, he fills it up with great ability,) reason
Yet, if you please to hold hini off awhile, To show the love and duty that I lear you
You shall by that perceive him and his means: With franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound, Note, it' your lady strain hi: entertainment Receive it from me:- I speak not yet of proof. With any strong or vehement importunity ; Look to your wife ; observe her well with Cukio; Much will be seen in that. In the mean time, Wear your eye - thus, not jealous, nor secure : 1.1 me te thought too busy in my fears, I would not have your frce and noble natum, (As worthy cause I have, to fuar – I am,) Out of self-bounty, be abus'd; look to't :
And hold her free, I do beseech your honour. I know our country disposition well ;
Oth. Fear not my government. In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks
Jago. I once more take my leave. (Exit. They dare not show their husbands; their best con oth. This fellow's of exceeding honesty, science
And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, Is not to leave undone, but keep unknown. Of human dealings : If I do prove her haggard, Oih. Dost thou say so ?
Though that her jesses were my dear beart-strings,
And have not those soft parts of conversation
That chamberers have : Or, for I am declin'd Iago.
Why, go to, then ; Into the vale of years ; — yet that's not much ; She that so young, could give out such a seeming, She's gone; I am abus’d; and my relief To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak,
Must be — to loath her. O curse of marriage, He thought, 'twas witchcraft :- But I am much to That we can call these delicate creatures ours, blame;
And not their appetites ! I had rather be a toad, I humbly do beseech you of your pardon,
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon, For too much loving you.
Than keep a corner in the thing I love, Oth.
I am bound to thee for ever. For others' uses. Yet 'tis the plague of great ones ; Iago.
this hath a little dash'd your spirits. Prerogativ'd are they less than the base ; Oth. Not a jot, not a jot.
'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death ; Jago.
I fear it has. | Even then this forked plague is fated to us, [ hope, you will consider, what is spoke
When we do quicken. Desdemona comes : Comes from my love : — But, I do see you are
Enter DESDEMONA and EMILIA. mov'd: I am to pray you, not to strain my speech
If she be false, O, then heaven mocks itself!. l'o grosser issues, nor to larger reach,
I'll not believe it. Than to suspicion.
How now, my dear Othello? Oth. I will not.
Your dinner, and the generous islanders Jago.
Should you do so, my lord, By you invited, do attend your presence. Vy speech should fall into such vile success
Oth. I am to blame. is my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy Des. Why is your speech so faint ? are you not friend :
well ? My lord, I see you are mov'd.
Oth. I have a pain upon my forehead here,