Othello


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cassio and Musicians
content (v.) 4 reward, compensate, recompense


CASSIO

Masters, play here – I will content your pains –

Something that's brief; and bid ‘ Good morrow, General.’
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

They play

Enter Clown


CLOWN

Why, masters, have your instruments been in

Naples, that they speak i'th' nose thus?


FIRST MUSICIAN

How, sir, how?


CLOWN

Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?


FIRST MUSICIAN

Ay, marry are they, sir.


CLOWN

O, thereby hangs a tail.


FIRST MUSICIAN

Whereby hangs a tale, sir?


CLOWN

Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I

know. But, masters, here's money for you: and the

General so likes your music that he desires you, for

love's sake, to make no more noise with it.


FIRST MUSICIAN

Well, sir, we will not.


CLOWN

If you have any music that may not be heard,

to't again. But, as they say, to hear music the General

does not greatly care.


FIRST MUSICIAN

We have none such, sir.


CLOWN

Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll

away. Go, vanish into air, away.

Exeunt Musicians


CASSIO

Dost thou hear, mine honest friend?


CLOWN

No, I hear not your honest friend: I hear you.


CASSIO

Prithee keep up thy quillets – there's a poor piece
quillet (n.) quibble, equivocation, hair-splitting distinction

of gold for thee. If the gentlewoman that attends the
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

General's wife be stirring, tell her there's one Cassio

entreats her a little favour of speech. Wilt thou do this?


CLOWN

She is stirring, sir. If she will stir hither, I shall

seem to notify unto her.
seem (v.) 2 arrange, contrive, try speciously


CASSIO

Do, good my friend.

Exit Clown

Enter Iago

In happy time, Iago.


IAGO

                         You have not been abed then?


CASSIO

Why, no: the day had broke before we parted.

I have made bold, Iago,

To send in to your wife. My suit to her
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

Is that she will to virtuous Desdemona

Procure me some access.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


IAGO

                         I'll send her to you presently;

And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method

Out of the way, that your converse and business
converse (n.) conversation, discourse, interaction

May be more free.


CASSIO

                         I humbly thank you for't.

Exit Iago

I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest.

Enter Emilia
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


EMILIA

Good morrow, good Lieutenant; I am sorry

For your displeasure: but all will sure be well.
displeasure (n.) 2 being out of favour, discredit; or: discomfort, trouble

The General and his wife are talking of it,

And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies

That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus,

And great affinity; and that in wholesome wisdom
affinity (n.) kinship, relationship, connections
wholesome (adj.) 2 reasonable, sensible, rational

He might not but refuse you; but he protests he loves you

And needs no other suitor but his likings

To take the safest occasion by the front
front (n.) 2 forelock

To bring you in again.


CASSIO

                         Yet I beseech you,

If you think fit, or that it may be done,

Give me advantage of some brief discourse

With Desdemona alone.


EMILIA

                         Pray you, come in:

I will bestow you where you shall have time

To speak your bosom freely.


CASSIO

                         I am much bound to you.

Exeunt

 
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