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Enter, below, BRABANTIO, and Servants with Torches.
Bra. It is too true an evil: gone she is :
Rod. Truly, I think, they are.
Yes, sir; I have indeed.
Rod. I think, I can discover him; if you please To get good guard, and go along with me.
Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll call; I may command at most ;-Get weapons, ho! And raise some special officers of night.On, good Roderigo:- I'll deserve your pains. [Exeunt.
Enter Othello, Iago, and Attendants.
abused?) i.e. Infatuated, and made subject to illusions and false imaginations. Johnson.
stuff o'the conscience,] This expression to common readers appears barsh. Stuff of the conscience is, substance or essence of the conscience. Stuff is a word of great force in the Tentonick languages. The elements are called in Dutch, hoefd stoffen, or head stuffs.--Johnson.
To do no contriv'd murder; I lack iniquity
Oth. 'Tis better as it is.
Nay, but he prated,
Let him do his spite :
the magnifico-] “The chief men of Venice are by a peculiar name called magnifici, i. e. magnificoes.”—TOLLETT.
- a voice potential As double us the duke's;] Potential is powerful; double is strong.
men of royal siege ;] Men who have sat upon royal thrones. Siege is used for seat by other authors.--STEEVENS.
demerits] The word has the same meaning in our author, and many others of that age, as merits. Mereo and demereo had the same meaning in the Roman language.-STERVEN5.
May speak, unbonneted,] Mr. Fuseli (and who is better acquainted with the sense and spirit of our author?) explains this contested passage as follows:
“ I am his equal or superior in rank; and were it not so, such are my merits, that, unbonneted, without the addition of patrician or senatorial dignity, they may speak to as proud a fortune, &c. At Venice the bonnet, as well as the toge, is a badge of aristocratic honours to this day."--STEEVENS.
unhoused --] Free from domestick cares. A thought natural to an adventurer.-Jounson.
Enter Cassio, at a distance, and certain Officers with
Not I: I must be found;
lago. By Janus, I think no.
Oth. The servants of the duke, and my lieutenant.
The duke does greet you, general;
What is the matter, think you? Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine; It is a business of some heat : the gallies Have sent a dozen sequent messengers This very night, at one another's heels; And many of the consuls, rais'd, and met, Are at the duke's already: You have been hotly callid for; When, being not at your lodging to be found, The senate hath sent about three several quests, To search you out. Oth.
'Tis well I am found by you. I will but spend a word here in the house, And go
Ancient, what makes he here?
Cas. I do not understand.
consuls,] i.e. Counsellors.
carack;] A ship of grea tbulk, and commonly of great value ; perhaps what we now call a galleon.--Johnson.
Have with you.
Torches and Weapons.
Hola! stand there!
Down with him, thief!
[They draw on both sides. Iago. You, Roderigo! come, sir, I am for you. Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will
rust them. Good signior, you shall more command with
years, Than with your weapons. Bra. O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd my
be advis'd ;] That is, be cool; be cautious; be discreet.
Hold your hands,
To prison : till fit time
What if I do obey ?
'Tis true, most worthy signior,
How! the duke in council!
The Duke and Senators, sitting at a Table; Officers
attending. Duke. There is no composition in the news, That gives them credit. 1 Sen.
Indeed, they are disproportion’d; My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies.
Duke. And mine a hundred and forty.
Bond-slaves and pagans,] i. e. If this Moor is now suffered to escape with impunity, it will be such an encouragement to his black countrymen, that we may expect to see all the first offices of our state filled up by the pagans and bond-slaves of Africa.-STEEVENS.
composition--] For consistency, concordancy.