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Othello: Act III, Scene 1

Othello
Act III, Scene 1

Scene 1

Cyprus. Before the castle.

  1. Enter Cassio with Musicians.

Cassio

1
  1. Masters, play here, I will content your pains; Something that’s brief; and bid Good morrow, general.”
  1. They play, and enter the Clown.

Clown

2 - 3
  1. Why, masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that
  2. they speak i’ th’ nose thus?

First Musician

4
  1. How, sir? How?

Clown

5
  1. Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?

First Musician

6
  1. Ay, marry, are they, sir.

Clown

7
  1. O, thereby hangs a tail.

First Musician

8
  1. Whereby hangs a tale, sir?

Clown

9 - 12
  1. Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But,
  2. masters, here’s money for you; and the general so likes your
  3. music, that he desires you for love’s sake to make no more
  4. noise with it.

First Musician

13
  1. Well, sir, we will not.

Clown

14 - 16
  1. If you have any music that may not be heard, to’t again; but
  2. (as they say) to hear music the general does not greatly
  3. care.

First Musician

17
  1. We have none such, sir.

Clown

18 - 19
  1. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I’ll away. Go,
  2. vanish into air, away!
  1. Exeunt Musicians.

Cassio

20
  1. Dost thou hear, mine honest friend?

Clown

21
  1. No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you.

Cassio

22 - 25
  1. Prithee keep up thy quillets. There’s a poor piece of gold
  2. for thee. If the gentlewoman that attends the general’s wife
  3. be stirring, tell her there’s one Cassio entreats her a
  4. little favor of speech. Wilt thou do this?

Clown

26 - 27
  1. She is stirring, sir. If she will stir hither, I shall seem
  2. to notify unto her.

Cassio

28 - 29
  1. Do, good my friend.
  2. Exit Clown.
  3. Enter Iago.
  4.                     In happy time, Iago.

Iago

30
  1. You have not been a-bed then?

Cassio

31 - 35
  1. Why, no; the day had broke
  2. Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
  3. To send in to your wife. My suit to her
  4. Is that she will to virtuous Desdemona
  5. Procure me some access.

Iago

36 - 39
  1.                         I’ll send her to you presently;
  2. And I’ll devise a mean to draw the Moor
  3. Out of the way, that your converse and business
  4. May be more free.

Cassio

40 - 41
  1. I humbly thank you for’t.
  2. Exit Iago.
  3. I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest.
  1. Enter Emilia.

Emilia

42 - 51
  1. Good morrow, good lieutenant. I am sorry
  2. For your displeasure; but all will sure be well.
  3. The general and his wife are talking of it,
  4. And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies
  5. That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus,
  6. And great affinity; and that in wholesome wisdom
  7. He might not but refuse you. But he protests he loves you,
  8. And needs no other suitor but his likings
  9. To take the safest occasion by the front
  10. To bring you in again.

Cassio

52 - 55
  1.                        Yet I beseech you,
  2. If you think fit, or that it may be done,
  3. Give me advantage of some brief discourse
  4. With Desdemon alone.

Emilia

56 - 58
  1.                      Pray you come in.
  2. I will bestow you where you shall have time
  3. To speak your bosom freely.

Cassio

59
  1.                             I am much bound to you.
  1. Exeunt.
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