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Before the Castlé.
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,
Ay, but, lady,
Des. Do not doubt that; before Emilia here,
6 I'll watch him taine,] 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;
Enter Othello and Iago, at a distance. Emil.
Madam, here comes My lord. Cas. Madam, I'll take
Why, stay, And hear me speak.
Cas. Madain, not now; I am very ill at ease,
[Exit Cassio. Iago.
Ha! I like not that. Oth. What dost thou say? lago. Nothing, my lord: or if I know not what. Oth. Was not that Cassio, parted from my wife?
Jago. Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it,
I do believe 'twas he.
Oth. Who is't, you mean?
? His present reconciliation take;] Tò 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,
Went he hence now?
time. Des. But shall't be shortly? Oth.
The sooner, sweet, for you. Des. Shall't be to-night at supper? 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 he 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.
To bring him in. Trust me, I could do much,
Why, this is not a boon;
I will deny thee nothing:
Des. Shall I deny you? no: Farewell, my lord.
[Exit, with EMILIA.
Iago. My noble lord,
What dost thou say, Iago? lago. Did Michael Cassio, when
9 Excellent wretch!] The meaning of the word wretch, is not generally understood. It is now, in some parts of England, a term of the softest and fondest tenderness. It expresses the utmost degree of amiableness, joined with an idea which perhaps all tenderness includes, of feebleness, softness, and want of protection.
Iago. But for a satisfaction of my thought;
Why of thy thought, Iago? lago. I did not think, he had been acquainted
with her. Oth. O, yes; and went between us very oft. lago. Indeed? Oth. Indeed! ay, indeed :-Discern’st thou aught
in that? Is he not honest? Iago.
Honest, my lord? Oth.
Ay, honest. Iago. My lord, for aught I know. Oth. What dost thou think? Iago.
lord ? Oth.
Think, my lord! ! By heaven, he echoes me, As if there were some monster in his thought Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean some
thing: I heard thee say but now,- Thou lik’dst not that, When Cassio left my wife; What did'st not like? And, when I told thee-he was of my counsel In my whole course of wooing, thou cry'dst, Indeed? And did'st contract and purse thy brow together, As if thou then had'st shut up in thy brain Some horrible conceit: If thou dost love me, Show me thy thought.
lago. My lord, you know I love you. Oth.
I think, thou dost; And, for I know thou art full of love and honesty, And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them
breath, Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more: For such things, in a false disloyal knave, Are tricks of custom; but, in a man that's just,