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Oth. The handkerchief,

Of pain : Nay, we must think, men are not Des. I pray, talk me of Cassio.

Nor of them look for such observances [gods; Oth. The hankerchief,

As fit the bridal." —Beshrew me much, Emilia, Des. A man that, all his time,

I was (unhandsome warrior as I am,) Hath founded his good fortune on your love ;; Arraigning his unkindness with my soul; Shar'd dangers with you ;

But now I find, I had suborn’d the witness, Oth. The handkerchief,

And he's indited falsely. Des. In sooth,

Emil. Pray heaven, it be state matters, as You are to blame.

you think ; Oth. Away!

[ E.xit OTHELLO. And no conception, nor no jealous toy, Emil. Is not this man jealous ?

Concerning you. Des. I ne er saw this before.

Des. Alas, the day! I never gave himn cause. Sure, there's some wonderin this handkerchief: Emil. But jealous souls will not be answer'd I am most unhappy in the loss of it.

Emil. "Tis not a year or two shows us a man: They are not ever jealous for the cause, They are all but stomachs, and we all but foud; But jealous for they are jealous: 'uis à monster, They eat us hungerly, and when they are full, Begot upon itself, born on itself. They belch us. Look you! Cassio, and my Des. Heaven keep that monster from Othel. husband.

lo's mind!

Emil. Lady, amen.
Enter Lago and Cassio.

Des. I will go seek him.-Cassio walk here.

about : lago. There is no other way; 'tis she must do't;


If I do find bim fit, I'll move your suit, And, lo, the happiness ! go, and importune

And seek to effect it to my uttermost. Des. How now, good Cassio ? what's the

Cas. I humbly thank your ladyship: news with you ?

[Exeunt DESDEMONA and Emilis. Cas. Madam, my former suit ; I do beseech

Enter Biaxca. you,

Bian. Save you, friend Cassio ! That, by your virtuous means, I may again Cas. What make you from home ? Exist, and be a member of his love,

How is it with you, my most fair Bianca ? Whom I, with all the duty of my heart, l'faith, sweet love, I was coming to your Entirely honour ; I would not be delay'd :

house. If my offence be of such mortal kind,

Bian. And I was going to your lodging, That neither service past, nor present sorrows,


(nights; Nor purpos'd merit in futurity,

What! keep a week away ? seven days and Can ransom me into his love again,

Eight score eight bours ? and lovers' absent But to know so must be my benefit ;

hours, So shall I clothe me in a forc'd content, More tedious than the dial eight score times? And shut myself up in some other course,

10 weary reckoning! To fortune's alms.

Cas. Pardon me, Bianca ;

(press'd; Des. Alas! thrice-gentle Cassio,

I have this while with leaden thoughts been My advocation is not now in tune ;

But I shall, in a more continuate time, My lord is not my lord ; nor should I know him, Strike off this score of absence. Sweet Bianca, Were he in favour, * as in humour, alter'd.

[Giving her DESDEMONA's Handkerchi So help me, every spirit sanctified,

Take me this work out.I As I have spoken for you all my best ;

Bian. 0, Cassio, whence came this? And stood within the blankt of his displeasure, This is some token from a newer friend. For my free speech! You must au bile be To the felt absence now I feel a cause : patient.

Is it come to this? Well, well. What I can do, I will; and more I will,

Cas. Woman, go to ! Than for myself I dare : let that suffice you. Throw your vile guesses in the devil's teeth, Iago. Is my lord angry?

Froin whence you have them. You are jealous Emil. He went hence but now,

brance: And, certainly, in strange unquietness. That this is from some mistress, some remedlago. Can be be angry? I have seen the can. No, in good troth, Bianca. non,

Bian. Why, whose is it? When it hath blown his ranks into the air ; Cas. I know not, sweet : I found it in my And, like the devil, from his very arm

chamber. Puff’d his own brother ;–And can he be an- I like the work well; ere it be demanded,

[him ; (As like enough, it will,) I'd have it copied : Something of moment, then: I will go meet Take it, and do't; and leave me for this time. There's matter in't indeed, if he be angry. Bian. Leave you! wherefore ? Des. I pr’ythee, do so.—Something, sure, of Cas. I do attend here on the general ; state,

[Erit lago. And think it no addition, nor my wish,
Either from Venice; or some unhatch'd prac- To have bim see me woman'd.

Bian. Why, I pray you ?
Made demonstrable here in Cyprus to him,- Cas. Not that I love you not.
Hath puddled his clear spirit : and, in such Bian. But that you do not love me.

1 Men's natures wrangle with inferior things,

pray you, bring me on the way a little ;

And say, if I shall see you soon at night.
Though great ones are their object. 'Tis even Cas.' 'Tis but a little way, that I can bring
For let our finger ache, and it endues (so;
Our other healthful members ev'n to that For I attend here: but I'll see you soon.

* The nuptial feast.

Time less interrupted "la countenance. Within the shot of his anger. The ineaning is aot, pick out the work, but, copy this Treason.

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Bian. 'Tis very good : I must be circum

Enter Cassio. stanc'd.

[Exeunt. My lord, I say! Othello!-How now, Cassio?

Cas. What is the matter?

lago. My lord is tallen into an epilepsy; SCENE 1. The same.

This is his second fit; he had one yesterday.

Cas. Rub him about the temples.
Enter OTHELLO and Iago.

lago. No, forbear:
lago. Will you think so ?

The lethargy must have his quiet course : oth. Think so, lago?

If not, he foams at mouth; and, by and by, Jago. What,

Breaks out to savage madness. Look he stirs : To kiss in private ?

Do you withdraw yourself a little wbile, Oth. An unauthoriz'd kiss.

He will recover straight; when he is gone, lago. Or to be naked with her friend abed, I would on great occasion speak with you, An hour or more, not meaning any harm :

[Erit Cassio. Oth. Naked abed, lago, and not mean harm? How is it, general ? have you not hurt your It is hypocrisy against the devil :

head? They that mean virtuonsly, and yet do so, Oth. Dost thou mock me ? The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt Tago. I mock yon! no, by heaven: (man. heaven.

'Would, you would bear your fortunes like a lago. So they do nothing, 'tis a venial slip: Oth. A horned man's a monster, and a beast. But if I give my wife a handkerchief,

lago. There's many a beast then in a popuOth. What then ?

lous city,
lago. Why then 'tis hers, my lord; and, be- And many a civil monster.
ing hers,

Olh. Did he confess it?
She may, I think, bestow't on any man. lago. Good Sir, be a man ;

Oth. She is protectress of her honour too; Think, every bearded fellow, that's but yok'd,
Nay she give that ?

May draw with you : there's millions now lago. Her honour is an essence that's not alive, seen ;

That nightly lie in those unproper* beds, They have it very oft, that have it not: Which they dare swear peculiar ; your case is But, for the handkerchief,

Oth. By heaven, I would most gladly have 0, 'tis the spite of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
forgot it;-

To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
Thou said'st, o, it comes o'er my memory, And to suppose her chaste! No, let me know:
As doth the raven o'er the infected house, And, knowing what I am, I know what she
Boding to all,*-he had my handkerchief.

shall be.
lago. Ay, what of that?

Oih. O, thou art wise ; 'tis certain,
Oth. That's not so good, now.

Tago. Stand you awhile apart ;
lago. What, if I had said, I had seen him do Contine yourself but in a patient list.
you wrong?

Whilst you were here, ere while mad with
Or heard him say, -As knaves be such abroad,

your grief,
Who having, by their own importunate suit, (A passion most unsuiting such a man,)
Or voluntary dotage of some mistress, Cassio came hither: I shifted him away,
Convinced or suppliedt them, cannot choose And Jaid good 'scuse upon your ecstasy :
But they must blab

Bade him anon return, and here speak with
Oth. 'Hath he said any thing?

(self, lago. He hath, my lord; but be you well as- The which he promis'd. Do but encavet your. No more than he'll unswear.

(sur’d. And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable Oth. What hath he said ?

lago. 'Faith, that he did ---I know not what That dwell in every region of his face;
he did.

For I will make him tell the tale anew,--
Oth. What? what?

Where, how, how oft, how long ago, and Tago. Lie

Oth. With her?

He hath, and is again to cope your wife;
Jago With her, on her; what you will. I say, but mark bis gesture. Marry, patience ;

Oih. Lie with her! lie on her! -Ile say, lielor I shall say, you are all in all in spleen,
on her, when they belie her: Lie with her! And nothing of a man.
that's fulsome.--Handkerchief, --confessions. Olh. Dost thou hear, lago?
-bandkerchief. -To confess, and be hanged I will be found most cunning in my patience;
for his labourf-First to be hanged, and then But (dost thou hear!) most bivotly.
to confess :-[ tremble at it. Nature would logo. That's not amist;
not invest herself in such shadowing passio.1, But vet krep time in all. Will you withdraw ;
without some instruction. It is not words,

[OTHELLO withdraws. that shake me thus:-- Pish!Noses, ears, and Vow will I question Cassio of Bianca, lips :--Is it possible !--Confess !-Handker- A housewife. that, hy selling her desires, chief 1-0 devil! - (Falls in a Trance. Buys hersell bread and clothes: it is a creature, lago. Work on,

That dotes on Cassio - as 'tis the strumpet's
My medicine, work! Thus credulous fools piagne,
are caught;

To beguile many, and be beguilid hy one ;
And many worthy and chaste dames, even thus, He, when he bears of her, cannot refrain
All guiltless meet reproach.--What, ho! my From the excess of laughter :- Here he

Re-enter Cassio.
* The raven was thought to be a constant attendant on As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad;

a house infected with the plague.
+ Old spelling of suppled, 1, e. softened.
$ A proverbial saying.

* Common. Within the bounds of patience. Hide

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And bis unbookish" jealousy must construe Bian. An you'll come to supper to-night, yon Poor Cassio's smiles, gestures, and light be- may: an you will not, come when you are next haviour [tenant ? prepared for.

[Ent. Quite in the wrong. - How do you now, lieu- lago. After her, after her.

Cas. The worser, that you give me the addi- Cas. 'Faith I must, she'll rail in the streets Whose want even kills me.

[tion,t else. lago. Ply Desdemona well, and you are lago. Will you sup there? sure of't.

Cas. 'Faith, I intend so. Now, if this suit luy in Bianca's power, lago. Well, I may chance to see you ; for I

[Speaking lower. would very fain-speak with you. How quickly should you speed?

Cas. Prythee, come; Will you? Cas. Alas, poor caitiff!

Tago. Go to; say no more. Erit Cass10. Oth. Look, how he laughs already! [.9side. oin. How shall I murder him, lago? lago. I never knew a woman love man so. lago. Did you perceive how he laughed at Cas. Alas, poor rogue! I think i'faith sbe his vice? loves me.

Olh. 0, lago! Oth. Now he denies it faintly, and laughs it lago. And did you see the handkerchief? out

[ Aside. Oih. Was that mine.? Tago. Do you hear, Cassio ?

lago. Yours, by this hand: and to see how oih. Now he importunes him

he prizes the foolish woman, your wife! she To tell it o'er: Go to; well said, well said. gave it to him, and he hath given it his whore

[ Aside. Oth. I would have him nine years a killIago. Slie gives it out, that you shall marrying :-A fine woman! a fair woman! a sweet Do you intend it ?

[her : woman! Cas. Ha, ha, ha!

lago. Nay you must forget that. Oth. Do you triumpli, Roman? do you tri- Oih. Ay, let her rot, and perish, and be umph ?

[.Asiue. damned to-night ; for she shall not live: No, Cas. I marry her!-what? a customer !! my heart is turned to stone; I strike it, and it pr'ythee, bear some charity to my wit ; do not hurts my hand. O, the world hath not a think it so unwholesome. Ha, ha, ha! sweeter creature : she might lie by an empeOth. So, so, so, so; they laugh that win. ror's side, and command him tasks.

[- side. Jago. Nay, that's not your way. Iago. 'Faith, the cry goes, that you shall Oth. Hang her! I do but say what she is :marry her.

So delicate with her needle!-An admirable Cas. Prythee, say true.

musician ! O, she will sing the savageness out lago. I am a very villain else.

of a bear !--Of so high and plenteous wit-and Oih. Have you scored me? Well. [ Aside. invention !-

Cas. This is the monkey's own giving out: Tago. She's the worse for all this. she is persaded I will marry her, out of her Oih. 0, a thousand, a thousand times:own love and Hattery, not out of my promise. And then of so gentle a condition !*

Oth. lago, beckons me; now he begins the lago. Ay too gentle. story

[ Aside Oih. Nay, that's certain : But yet the pity Cas. She was here even now; she haunts me of it, lago -0, lago, the pity of it, lago! in every place. I was, the other day, talking lago. If you are so fond over her iniquity, on the sea-bank with certain Venetians; and give her patent to offend; for, if it touch Dot thither comes this bauble; by this hand, she you, it comes near nobody. falls thus about my neck ;

Oth. I will chop her into messes:- Cuckold Oth. Crying, 0 dear Cassio ! as it were : his me! gesture imports it.

[ Aside

Ingo. 0, 'tis foul of her. Cas. So bangs, and lolls, and weeps upon

Olh. With mine officer! me; so hales, and pulls me: ha, ba, ha!-- lago. That's fouler.

Oth. Now he tells, how she pluck'd him to Oth. Get me some poison, Iago ; this night: my chamber: 0, I see that nose of yours, but -I'll not expostulate with her, lest her body not that dog I shall throw it to. [ Aside and beaty unprovide my mind again ; this

Cas. Well, i must leave her company. night, lago. lago. Before me! look where slie comes, Tago. Do it not with poison, strangle her is Enlar BIANCA

her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated. Cas. 'Tis such another fitchiew !ş marry, a Oth. Good, good : the justice of it pleases: perfumed one-What do you mean by this very good. haunting of me ?

lago. And, for Cassio,-let me be his underBiun. Let the devil and his dam haunt you ! taker: You shall bear more by midnight. What did you mean by that same handker

Trumpet titkis. chief, you gave me even now? I was a fine Oth. Excellent good.- What trumpet is that fool to take it. I must take out the whole same ? work ?- A likely piece of work, that you should lago. Something from Venice, sure. 'Tis find it in your chamber, and not know who left Lodovico, it there ! This is some minx's token, and I Come from the duke: and, see, your wife is must take out the work? There,--give it your with him. hobby-horse : wheresoever you had it, I'll take out no work on't. Enter Lodovico, DESDEMONA, and Attendants

. Cas. How now, my sweet Bianca ? how now? how now?

Lod. 'Save you, worthy general !

Oth. With all my heart, Sir. Oth. By heaven, that should be my handker- Lod. The duke and senators of Venice greet chief!


[Gives him a Packet. * Ignorant.

† Title of lieutenant. A common woman. A pole-cat.

* Of so sweet a disposition.

my lord

Olh. I kiss the instrument of their pleasures. Lod. Are his wits safe? is he not light of

[Opens the Packet and reads. brain ? Des. And what's the news, good cousin Lo- lago. He is that he is; I may not breathe my dovico ?

censure. Iago. I am very glad to see you, signior; What he might be,-if, what he might, he is Welcome to Cyprus.

II would to heaven, he were.

[not, Lod. I thank you : How does lieutenant Lod. What, strike bis wife! Cassio !

lago. 'Faith, that was not so well; Yet lago. Lives, Sir.

'would I knew,
Des. Cousin, there's fallen between him and That stroke would prove the worst.

Lod. Is it his use?
An unkind breach: but you shall make all well. Or did the letters work upon his blood,
Oth. Are you sure of that?

And new-create this fault !
Des. My lord ?

lago. Alas, alas ! Oth. This fail you not to do, as you will It is not honesty in me to speak

[Reads. What I have seen and known. You shall ob Lod. He did not call; he's busy in the paper; serve him ; Is there division 'twixt thy lord and Cassio ? And his own courses will denote him so, Des. A most unhappy one; I would do That I may save my speech: Do but go after, much

And mark how he continues. To atone* thein, for the love I bear to Cassio. Lod. I am sorry, that I am deceiv'd in bim. Oth. Fire and brimstone!

[ Exeunt. Des. My lord ? Oth. Are you wise ?

SCENE II.-A Room in the Castle.
Des. What, is he angry?

Lod. May be, the letter mov'd him ;
For, as I think, they do command him home, Oth. You have seen nothing then ?
Deputing Cassio in his government.

Emil. Nor ever heard; nor ever did suspect. D-s. By my troth, I am glad on't.

Oth. Yes, you have seen Cassio and she toOth. Indeed.

gether. Des. My lord ?

Emil. But then I saw no harm : and then I Oth. I am glad to see you mad.


[them. Des. How, sweet Othello ?

Each syllable, that breath made up between Oth. Devil!

[Striking her. Oth. What, did they never whisper? Des. I have not deserved this.

Emil Never, my lord.
Lod. My lord, this would not be believ'd in Oth. Nor send you out of the way?

Emil. Never.
Though I should swear I saw it: 'Tis very Oth. To fetch her fan, her gloves, her mask,
Make her amends, she weeps. [much nor nothing?
Oth. O devil, devil !

(tears, Emil. Never, my lord. If that the earth could teem with woman's Oth. That's strange. Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile :- Emil. I durst, my lord, to wager she is hoOut of my sight!


[other, Des. I will not stay to offend you. [Going. Lay down my soul at stake : if you think Lod. Truly, an obedient lady :

Remove your thought; it doth abuse your boI do beseech your lordship, call her back. Oth. Mistress,

If any wretch hath put this in your head Des. My lord ?

Let heaven requite it with the serpent's curse! Oth. What would you with her, Sir ? For, if she be not honest, chaste, and true, Lod. Who, I my lord ?

There's no man happy; the purest of their Oth. Ay; you did wish, that I would make Is foul as slander.

[wives her turn :

Olh. Bid her come hither :--goSir, she can turn, and turn, and yet go on,

[Exit Emilia And turn again; and she can weep, Sir, weep: She says enough :-yet she's a simple bawd, And she's obedient, as you say,-obedient,- That cannot say as much. This is a subtle Very obedient ;-Proceed you in your tears.- whore, Concerning this, Sir,-0 well painted passion! A closet-lock-and-key of villanous secrets : I am commanded home :--Get you away ; And yet she'll kneel, and pray ; I have seen I'll send for you anon.—Sir, I obey the man- her do't. date,

Re-enter Emilia with DESDEMONA. And will return to Venice ;-Hence, avaunt !


Des. My lord, what is your will ? Cassio shall have my place. And, --Sir, to

Oth. Pray, chuck, come hither. night,

Des. What is your pleasure ? 1 do entreat that we may sup together.

Oih. Let me see your eyes ; You are welcome, Sir, to Cyprus.--Goats, and Look in my face. monkies!

[Eril. Des. What horrible fancy's this? Lod. Is this the noble Moor whom our full Oth. Some of your function, mistress ; senate (ture

[ To Emilia. Call-all-in-all sufficient ?- This the noble na- Leave procreants alone, and shut the door ; Whom passion could not shake ? whose solid Cough, or cry-hem, if any body come: virtue

Your mystery, your mystery ;-nay, despatch. The shot of accident, nor dart of chance,

[Exit EMILIA. Could neither graze, nor pierce ?

Des. Uponmy knees, what doth your speech Tago. He is much chang'd.

import ?

I understand a fury in your words, * Reconcile,

But not the words,


my lord ?

lia ;

head ;

Oth. Why, what art thou ?

Oth. I cry you mercy, then ; Des. Your wife, my lord; your true I took you for that cunning whore of Venice, And loyal wife.

That married with Othello.—You, mistress, Oth. Come, swear it, damn thyself; Lest, being like one of heaven, the devils

Re-enter EMILIA. themselves

That have the office opposite to Saint Peter, Should fear to seize thee : therefore be double-sAnd keep the gate of hell ; You ! you ! as Swear--thou art honest.


you! Des. Heaven doth truly know it.

We have done our course ; there's money for Oth. Heaven truly knows, that thou art false

your pains; as hell.

pray you, turn the key, and keep our cousDes. To whom, my lord ? with whom? How


(En am I false ?

Emil. Alas, what does this gentleman ce Oth. O Desdemona !-away ! away! away!


lady Des. Alas, the heavy day !-Why do you How do you, madam? how do you, my goed weep?

Des. 'Faith, half asleep. Am I the occasion of these tears, my lord ? Emil. Good madam, what's the matter with If, haply, you my father do suspect, An instrument of this your calling back, Des. With who? Lay not your blame on me; if you have lost Emil. Why, with my lord, madam. Why, I have lost him too.

[him, Des. Who is thy lord? Oth. Had it pleas d heaven

Emil. He that is yours, sweet lady. To try me with affliction ; had he rain'd Des. I have none: Do not talk to me, Eri All kinds of sores, and shames, on my bear

I cannot weep; nor answer I have none, Steep'd me in poverty to the very lips ; But what should go by water. Prythee, kGiven to captivity me and my utmost hopes ; night I should have found in some part of my soul Lay on my bed my wedding sheets, -remer: A drop of patience: but (alas !) to make me And call thy husband hither. (ber:A fixed figure, for the time of scorn

Emil. Here is a change, indeed! To point his slow unmoving finger at, - Des. "Tis meet I should be us'd so, very 0!0!

Yet could I bear that too; well, very well : How have I been behav'd, that he might stick
But there, where I have garner'd' up my heart; The small'st opinion on my great'st abuse?
Where either I must rive, or bear no life;
The fountain from the which my current runs,

Re-enter EMILIA with lago.
Or else dries up: to be discarded thence!
Or keep it as a cistern, for foul toads

lago. What is your pleasure, madam? Hori

is it with you? To knot the gender in-turn thy complexion Des. I cannot tell. Those, that do texch there!

[bim : Patience, thou young and rose-lipp'd cheru- Do it with gentle means, and easy tasks:

young babes, Ay, there, look grim as hell ! Des. I hope, my noble lord esteems me ho- I am a child to chiding.

He might have chid me so ; for, in good faiti


lago. What's the matter, lady? Oth. 0, ay; as summer fies are in the sham

Emil. Alas, lago, my lord hath so bewbor'd bles,

her, That quicken even with blowing. Cthou weed, Thrown such despite and heavy terms upon Who art so lovely fair, and smell'st so sweet,

As true hearts cannot bear. That the sense aches at thee.-'Would, thou Des. Am I that name, lago ! had'st ne'er been born!

lago. What name, fair lady? Des. Alas, what ignorant sin have I commit

Des. Such as, she says, my lord did say! ted? Oth. Was this fair paper, this most goodly Emil. He call'd her, whore ; a beggar, in Es

[ted! Made to write whore upon ? What commit- Could not have laid such terms upon his callet

drink, Committed !-0 thou public commoner! I should make very forges of my cheeks,

lago. Why did he so ? That would to cinders burn up modesty,

Des. I do not know ; I am sure, I am non

such. Did I but speak thy deeds.-What committed! Heaven stops the nose at it, and the moon

Iago. Do not weep, do not weep; Alas, the winks ;


Emil. Has she forsook so many nobi The bawdy wind, that kisses all it mects, Is hush'd within the hollow mine of earth,

matches, And will not hear it: What committed!

Iler father, and her country, and her frienus Impudent strumpet !

To be call'd whore ? would it not make one Des. By heaven, you do me wrong.

Weep? Oth. Are not you a strumpet?

Des. It is my wretched fortune. Des. No, as I am a Christian :

Jago. Beshrew him for it! If to preserve this vessel for my lord,

How comes this trick upon him? From any other soul unlawful touch,

Des. Nay, leaven doth know. Be-not to be a strumpet, I am none,

Emil. I will be hang'd, if some eternal vil Oth. What, not a whore ?

Some busy and insinuating rogue,

Some cogging cozening slave, to get some of Des. No, as I shall be saved. Oth. Is it possible?

fice, Des. 0, beaven forgive us !

Have not devis'd this slander ; I'll be hang'd • Treasured up.

• His drab.






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