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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, He might not but refuse you: but, he protests, he
And needs no other suitor, but his likings,
Yet, I beseech you, —
Pray you, come in;
shall have time To speak your bosom freely. Cas.
I am much bound to you.
A Room in the Castle.
Enter Othello, Lago, and Gentlemen.
Well, my good lord, I'll do't. Oth. 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,
Des. O, sir, I thank you: You do love my lord:
Ay, but, lady,
Des. Do not doubt that; before Emilia here,
• I'U 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;
Enter OTHELIO and Iago, at a distance.
Madam, here comes
Cas. Madam, I'll take my leave.
Why, stay, And hear me speak.
Cas. Madain, not now; I am very ill at ease,
[Exit Cassio. Iago.
Ha! I like not that.
I do believe 'twas he.
Oth. Who is't, you mean?
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,
Went he hence now?
The sooner, sweet, for you.
No, not to-night.
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, Oth. Prythee, no more: let him come when he
will; I will deny thee nothing. Des.
Why, this is not a boon; 'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves, Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm; Or sue to you to do peculiar profit To your own person: Nay, when I have a suit, Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed, It shall be full of poize’ and difficulty, And fearful to be granted. Oth.
I will deny thee nothing: Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this, To leave me but a little to myself.
Des. Shall I deny you? no: Farewell, my lord. Oth. Farewell, my Desdemona: I will come to
thee straight. Des. Emilia, come:-Be it as your fancies teach
yoll; Whate'er you be, I am obedient.
Exit, with EMILIA. Oth. Excellent wretch ! Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.
Iago. My noble lord,
What dost thou say, Iago? Iago. Did Michael Cassio, when you
lady, Know of
love? Oth. He did, from first to last: Why dost thou ask?
2-full of poize-] i. e. of weight.
s 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.