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Clo. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away: Go; vanish into air ; away.

[Exeunt Musicians. Cas. Dost thou hear, my honest friend?

Clo. No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you.

Cas. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general's wife, be stirring, tell her, there's one Cassio entreats her a little favour of speech : Wilt thou do this ?

Clo. She is stirring, sir; if she will stir hither, I shall seem to notify unto her.


Enter Iago.
Cas. Do, good my friend. In happy time, Iago.
Iago. You have not been a-bed then?

Cas. Why, no; the day had broke
Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
To send in to your wife: My suit to her
Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
Procure me some access.

I'll send her to you presently;
And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free.

[Exit. Čas. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest.

Enter EMILIA. Emil. Good morrow, good lieutenant: I am sorry For your displeasure;s but all will soon be well. The general, and his wife, are talking of it;

s For your displeasure ;] i.e. the displeasure you have incurred from Othello.

And she speaks for you stoutly: The Moor replies,
That be, you hurt, is of great fame in Cyprus,
And great affinity; and that, in wholesome wisdom,
He might not but refuse you : but, he protests, he

loves you;

And needs no other suitor, but his likings,
To take the saf'st occasion by the front,
To bring you in again.

Yet, I beseech you,
If you think fit, or that it may be done,
Give me advantage of some brief discourse
With Desdemona alone.

Pray you, come in;
I will bestow you where you shall have time
To speak your bosom freely.

I am much bound to

you. [Exeunt.


A Room in the Castle.

Enter OTHELLO, Fago, and Gentlemen.
Oth. These letters give, Iago, to the pilot;
And, by him, do my duties to the state :
That done, I will be walking on the works,
Repair there to me.

Well, my good lord, I'll do't.
Oih. This fortification, gentlemen,-shall we

see't? Gent. We'll wait upon your lordship. [Exeunt.


Before the Castle. Enter DESDEMONA, Cassio, and EMILIA. Des. Be thou assur’d, good Cassio, I will do All my abilities in thy behalf. Emil. Good madam, do; I know it grieves my

husband, As if the case were his. Des. O, that's an honest fellow. Do not doubt,

But I will have my lord and you again
As friendly as you were.

Bounteous madam,
Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
He's never any thing but your true servant.
Des. O, sir, I thank you : You do love my

lord :
You have known him long; and be you well assur’d,
He shall in strangeness stand no further off
Than in a politick distance.

Ay, but, lady,
That policy may either last so long,
Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
That, I being absent, and my place supplied,
My general will forget my love and service.

Des. Do not doubt that; before Emilia here,
I give thee warrant of thy place: assure thee,
If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it
To the last article: my lord shall never rest;
I'll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience;

6 I'll watch him tame,] Hawks and other birds are tamed by keeping them from sleep, to which management Shakspeare alludes.

His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
I'll intermingle every thing he does
With Cassio's suit : Therefore be merry, Cassio ;
For thy solicitor shall rather die,
Than give thy cause away.

Enter OTHELLO and Iago, at a distance. Emil.

Madam, here comes

My lord.


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Cas. Madam, I'll take my leave.

Why, stay, And hear me speak.

Cas. Madam, not now; I am very ill at ease,
Unfit for mine own purposes.

Well, well,

[Exit Cassio. Iago.

Ha! I like not that. Oth. What dost thou say? Iago. Nothing, my lord: orif-I know not what. . Oth. Was not that Cassio, parted from my

Iago. Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it,
That he would steal away so guilty-like,
Seeing you coming.

I do believe 'twas he.
Des. How now, my lord ?
I have been talking with a suitor here,
A man that languishes in your displeasure.

Oth. Who is't, you mean?
Des. Why, your lieutenant Cassio. Good



If I have any grace, or power to move you,
His present reconciliation take;"
For, if he be not one that truly loves you,

? His present reconciliation take;] To take his reconciliation, may be to accept the submission which he makes in order to be reconciled.


That errs in ignorance, and not in cunning,
I have no judgment in an honest face:
I pr’ythee, call him back.

Went he hence now?
Des. Ay, sooth ; so humbled,
That he hath left part of his grief with me;
I suffer with him. Good love, call him back.
Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona; some other

time. Des. But shall't be shortly? Oth.

The sooner, sweet, for you. Des. Shall't be to-night at supper i Oth.

No, not to-night. Des. To-morrow dinner then ? Oth.

I shall not dine at home; I meet the captains at the citadel. Des. Why then, to-morrow night; or Tuesday

morn; Or Tuesday noon, or night; or Wednesday morn; I pray thee, name the time, but let it not Exceed three days: in faith, he's penitent; And yet his trespass, in our common reason, (Save that, they say, the wars must make examples Out of their best,9) is not almost a fault To incur a private check : When shall be come? Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul, -What

you could ask me, that I should deny, Or stand so mammering on.? What! Michael Cassio, That came a wooing with you; and many a time, When I have spoke of you dispraisingly, Hath ta'en your part; to have so much to do



and not in cunning,] Cunning, for knowledge.

the wars must make examples Out of their best,] The severity of military discipline must not spare the best men of their army, when their punishment may afford a wholesome example.

- so mammering on.] To hesitate, to stand in suspense.


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