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(As if some planet had unwitted men,)
Oth. How comes it, Michael, you are thus for
Cas. I pray you, pardon me, I cannot speak. Oth. Worthy Montano, you were wont be civil; The gravity and stillness of your youth The world hath noted, and your name is great In mouths of wisest censure; What's the matter, That you
unlace your reputation thus, And spend your rich opinion, for the name Of a night-brawler? give me answer to it.
Mon. Worthy Othello, I am hurt to danger;
Now, by heaven,
you are thus forgot?] i. e. you have thus forgot yourself.
self-charity) Care of one's self. 9 And pussion, having my best judgment collied,] Othello means, that passion has diścoloured his judgment. To colly, anciently sig nified to besmut, to blacken as with coal.
And he that is approv'd' in this offence,
Mon. If partially affin'd, or leagu'd in office,
Touch me not so near:
1 he that is approv'd-] He that is convicted by proof, of having been engaged in this offence.
If partially affin’d,] Affin'd is bound by proximity of relationship; but here it means related by nearness of office.
As men in rage strike those that wish them best,
I know, Iago,
Enter DESDEMONA, attended. Look, if my gentle love be not rais'd
up; I'll make thee an example. Des.
What's the matter, dear? Oth. All's well now, sweeting; Come away to bed. Sir, for your hurts, Myself will be your surgeon: Lead him off.
[TO MONTANO, who is led off.
Exeunt all but Iago and Cassio.
Cas. Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part, sir, of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation.
Iago. As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound; there is more offence in that, than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving: You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser. What, man! there are ways to recover the
general again: You are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice; even so as one would beat his offenceless dog, to affright an imperious lion: sue to him again, and he's yours.
Cas. I will rather sue to be despised, than to deceive so good a commander, with so_slight, so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? and speak parrot ?4 and squabble? swagger? swear? and discourse fustian with one's own shadow! -0 thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee--devil!
Iago. What was he that you followed with your sword? What had he done to you?
Cas. I know not.
Cas. I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore.-0, that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!
Iago. Why, but you are now well enough: How came you thus recovered?
Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath: one unperfectness shows me another, to make me frankly despise myself.
Iago. Come, you are too severe a moraler: As the time, the place, and the condition of this country stands, I could heartily wish this had not befallen; but, since it is as it is, mend it for your own good.
Cas. I will ask him for my place again; he shall tell me, I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths cast in his mood,] Ejected in his
anger. and speak parrot?! A phrase signifying to act foolishly and childishly.
as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange! -Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.
Iago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used; exclaim no more against it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you think I love
you. Cas. I have well approved it, sir.-I drunk!
Iago. You, or any man living, may be drunk at some time, man. I'll tell you what you shall do. Our general's wife is now the general;-I may say so in this respect, for that he hath devoted and given up himself to the contemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts and graces:-confess yourself freely, to her; importune her; she'll help to put you in your place again: she is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, that she holds it a vice in her goodness, not to do more than she is requested: This broken joint, between you and her husband, entreat her to splinter; and, my fortunes against any lay? worth naming, this crack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before.
Cas. You advise me well.
Iago. I protest, in the sincerity of love, and honest kindness.
Cas. I think it freely; and, betimes in the morning, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake for me: I am desperate of my fortunes, if they check me here,
İago. You are in the right. Good night, lieutenant; I must to the watch. Cas. Good night, honest lago.
[Exit Cassio. Iago. And what's he then, that says,- I play the
any lay] i, e. any bet, any wager,