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Othello: Act 3, Scene 1

Othello
Act 3, Scene 1

Scene 1

Cyprus. Before the castle.

  1. Enter Cassio with Musicians.

Cassio

2
  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

4 - 5
  1. Why, masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that
  2. they speak i’ th’ nose thus?

First Musician

6
  1. How, sir? How?

Clown

7
  1. Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?

First Musician

8
  1. Ay, marry, are they, sir.

Clown

9
  1. O, thereby hangs a tail.

First Musician

10
  1. Whereby hangs a tale, sir?

Clown

11 - 14
  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

15
  1. Well, sir, we will not.

Clown

16 - 18
  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

19
  1. We have none such, sir.

Clown

20 - 21
  1. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I’ll away. Go,
  2. vanish into air, away!
  1. Exeunt Musicians.

Cassio

23
  1. Dost thou hear, mine honest friend?

Clown

24
  1. No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you.

Cassio

25 - 28
  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

29 - 30
  1. She is stirring, sir. If she will stir hither, I shall seem
  2. to notify unto her.

Cassio

31 - 34
  1. Do, good my friend.
  2. Exit Clown.
  3. Enter Iago.
  4.                     In happy time, Iago.

Iago

35
  1. You have not been a-bed then?

Cassio

36 - 40
  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

41 - 44
  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

45 - 47
  1. I humbly thank you for’t.
  2. Exit Iago.
  3. I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest.
  1. Enter Emilia.

Emilia

49 - 58
  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

59 - 62
  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

63 - 65
  1.                      Pray you come in.
  2. I will bestow you where you shall have time
  3. To speak your bosom freely.

Cassio

66
  1.                             I am much bound to you.
  1. Exeunt.
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