« PreviousContinue »
now is as luscious as locusts, shall shortly be as bitter as coloquintida. When she is sated with his body, she will find the errors of her choice. She must have change, she must: therefore put money in thy purse. If thou wilt needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drowning. Make all the money thou canst. If sanctimony and à frail vow, betwixt an erring barbarian, and a supersubtle Venetian, be not too hard for my wits, and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy her; therefore inake money. A pox of drowning thyself! it is clean out of the way. Seek thou rather to be hanged in compassing thy joy, than to be drowned and go without her.
Rod. Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I depend on the issue ?
Iago. Thou art sure of me. Go, make money. I navé told thee often, and I re-tell thee again and again, I hate the Moor. (36) My cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him. If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, and me a sport. There are many events in the womb of Time, which will be delivered. Traverse, go, provide thy
(36) I hate the Moor. By the position of Iago, bis libration in the moon is in opposition to the space occupied by Othello, with whom, therefore, he may be conceived to be at war, or in hatred.
money. We will have more of this to-morrow.
Rod. Where shall we meet i' th' morning ?
(37) The woodcock, (or snipe,) on Rodorigo's person, has been before drawn in fig, 62.
I'hat he is too familiar with his wife-
Scene—The Capital City of Cyprus. Enter Montano, Governor of Cyprus, and Gen
i tlemen. Montano. What from the Cape can you discern
at sea ?
(38) Observe the ass, in light, as drawn in fig. 69, just behind Othello's head. This figure is again repeatedly alluded to in the next act..
(39) Put money in thy purse; money, money. The frequent mention of money in this lasť scene has regard to this, that besides the circular spots of white light which are scattered over the person of Rodorigo, and have the appearance of coins, he has also at his side what resembles a purse full of them.
(40) i Gent. Nothing at all, it is a high
wrought flood I cannot 'twixt the heaven and the main , Descry a sail.
Mont. Methinks the wind hath spoke aloud at A fuller blast ne'er shook our battlements : [land; If it hath ruffianed so upon the sea, What ribs of oak, when mountains melt on them, Can hold the mortise? what shall we hear of this?
2 Gent. A segregation of the Turkish fleet; For do but stand upon the foaming shore, The chiding billows seem to pelt the clouds; (41) The wind-shak'd surge, with high and monstrous Seems to cast water on the burning bear, [main,
(40) I take the first Genıleman to be the same as Edmund in King Lear, (who being the same as Magnano in Hudibras, is drawn in fig. 19,) the outline of his breast and body marks the figure one, as introduced in fig. 85. The second Gentleman may be the same as Edgar, standing just by the former, on whose person is the mark of the figure 2, as introduced in fig. 85; and the outline of the figure 3, (also introduced in fig. 85,) may form the body, as the extension of it above may be conceived to form the face of the third gentleman, standing by the two former.
(41) It is not difficult to imagine the illuinined and lower part of the moon, if its north side be placed uppermost, to resemble a sea : and the smaller shadowed spots thereon, to be a fleet at a distance scattered upon it.
And quench the guards of th' ever fir'd pole ;
Mont. If that the Turkish fleet
Enter a third Gentleman.
3 Gent. The ship is here put in,
(42) Besides the large ship which the general form of the shadows of the moon exhibits, as drawn in fig. 72, other smaller likenesses to ships may be traced there, and such as may be supposed to belong severally to Cassio, Iago, and Othello, as lying within or near the same spaces of shadow which constitute their persons.
(43) Michael Cassio, from Mico; as alluding to the streaks of glittering lighı which mark his person.