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His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
; For thy solicitor shall rather die, Than give thy cause away.
Enter OTHELLO and Iago, at a distance. Emil.
Madam, here comes
Cas. Madam, I'll take
Why, stay, And hear me speak.
Cas. Madam, not now; I am very ill at ease,
[Exit Cassio. Iago.
Ha! I like not that. Oth. What dost thou say? Iago. Nothing, my lord : or if-I know not what. Oth. Was not that Cassio, parted from my wife?
Iago. Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it,
I do believe 'twas he.
Oth. Who is't, you mean?
7 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?
time. Des. But shall't be shortly? Oth.
The sooner, sweet, for you. Des. Shall't be to-night at supper i 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 be 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 ; '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
you; Whate'er you be, I am obedient.
[Erit, with EMILIA.
Iago. My noble lord,
What dost thou say, Iago ? Iago. Did Michael Cassio, when you
my lady, Know of your love?
Oth. He did, from first to last: Why dost thou ask?
full of poize -] i.e. of weight. 3 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 ? Iago. I did not think, he had been acquainted
with her. Oth. O, yes ; and went between us very oft. Iago. 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.
Think, my 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
Iago. My lord, you know I love you.
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,
They are close denotements, working from the heart,
For Michael Cassio, I dare be sworn, I think that he is honest.
Oth. I think so too.
Men should be what they seem; Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none !
Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem.
Why then, I think that Cassio is an honest man.
Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this : I pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of thoughts The worst of words. Iago.
Good my lord, pardon me ; Though I am bound to every act of duty, I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.5 Ufter my thoughts ? Why, say, they are vile and
false, As where's that palace, whereinto foul things Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure, But some uncleanly apprehensions Keep leets, and law-days, and in session sit With meditations lawful ?
Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago, If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak’st his ear A stranger to thy thoughts. Iago.
I do beseech you, Though I, perchance, am vicious in my guess, As, I confess, it is my nature's plague
into abuses; and, oft, my jealousy
4 They are close denotements, working from the heart,
That passion cannot rule.] i.e. indications, or recoveries, not openly revealed, but involuntarily working from the heart, which cannot rule and
suppress its feelings.
to that all slaves are free to.] I am not bound to do that, which even slaves are not bound to do.