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And Cassio high in oath; which, till to-night,
I know, lago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassig :-Cassio, I love thee ; But never more be officer of mine.
Enter Desdemona, attended.
What's the matter, dear? Oth. All's well now, sweeting; Come away
to bed. Sir, for your hurts, Myself will be your surgeon : Lead him off.
(To Montano, who is led of Iago, look with care about the town; And silence those whom this vile brasi distractedCome, Desdemona; 'tis the soldier's life, To have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife.
[Exeunt all but lago and Cassio. lago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant ? Cas. Ay, past all surgery.. lago. Marry, heaven forbid !
Cas. Reputation, reputation, reputation! 0,1 have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part, sir, of myself, and what remains is bestial.My reputation, lago, my reputation.
Tago. As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound; there is more offence
in that, than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving : You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser. What, man! there are ways to recover the general again : You are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice; even so as one would beat his offenceless dog, to affright an imperious lion : sue to him again, and he's yours.
Cas. I will rather sue to be despised, than to deceive so good a commander, with so slight, so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? and speak parrot ?2 and squabble ? swagger? swear? and discourse fustian with one's own shadow ?-O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee-devil !
Iago. What was he that you followed with your sword? What had he done to you?
Cas. I know not.
Cas. I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore.-0, that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains ! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts !
Iago. Why, but you are now well enough : How came you thus recovered ?
Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath : one unperfectness shows me another, to make me frankly despise myself.
lago. Come, you are too severe a moraler: As the time, the place, and the condition of this country stands, I could heartily wish this had not befallen ; but, since it is as it is, mend it for your own good.
Cas. I will ask him for my place again ; he shall (1) Dismissed in his anger. (2) Talk idly
I love you.
tell me, I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange !- Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.
lago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used; exclaiin no more against it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you think
Cas. I have well approved it, sir.— I drunk!
lago. You, or any man living, may be drunk at some time, man. I'll tell you what you shall do. Our general's wife is now the general ;– I may say so in this respect, for that he hath devoted, and given up himself to the contemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts and graces :--confess yourself freely to her; importune her; she'll help to put you in your place again : she is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, that she holds it a vice in her goodness, not to do more than she is requested: This broken joint, between you and her husband, entreat her to splinter; and, my fortunes against any lay? worth naming, this crack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before.
Cas. You advise me well.
Iago. I protest, in the sincerity of love, and honest kindness.
Cas. I think it freely; and, betimes in the morning, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake for me: I am desperate of my fortunes, if they check me here.
lago. You are in the right. Good night, lieutenant; I must to the watch. Cas. Good night, honest lago.
(Exit Cassio. lago. And what's he then, that says, I play the
villain? When this advice is free, I give, and honest, Probal to thinking, and (indeed) the course
(1) Bet or wager.
To win the Moor again? For, 'tis most easy
Enter Roderigo. Rod. I do follow here in the chace, not like a hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. My money is almost spent; I have been to-night exceedingly well cudgelled; and, I think, the issue will be I shall have so much experience for my pains : and so, with no money at all, and a little more wit, return to Venice. Iago. How poor are they, that have not pa
tience What wound did ever heal, but by degrees ? Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witch
And wit depends on dilatory time.
to be done, -
SCENE I.-Before the castle. Enter Cassio,
and some Musicians. Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your pains. Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, general.
(Music Enter Clown. Clo. Why, masters, have your instruments been at Naples, that they speak i'the nose thus?
1 Mus. How, sir, how?
Clo. Are these, I pray you, called wind instru: ments?
1 Mus. Ay, marry, are they, sir.
(1) Just at the time.