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Othello

Act III, Scene 1

Before the castle. Enter CASSIO and some Musicians
 
CASSIO
Masters, play here, I will content your pains. Something that's brief: and bid, good morrow general.
 
[Music. Enter Clown]
 
CLOWN
Why masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that they speak in the nose thus?
 
FIRST MUSICIAN
How sir? how?
 
CLOWN
Are these I pray you, wind instruments?
 
FIRST MUSICIAN
Aye marry are they sir.
 
CLOWN
Oh, thereby hangs a tale.
 
FIRST MUSICIAN
Whereby hangs a tale, sir?
 
CLOWN
Marry sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But masters, here's money for you: and the general so likes your music, that he desires you for love's sake to make no more noise with it.
 
FIRST MUSICIAN
Well sir, we will not.
 
CLOWN
If you have any music that may not be heard, to it again. But (as they say) to hear music, the general does not greatly care.
 
FIRST MUSICIAN
We have none such, sir.
 
CLOWN
Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away. Go, vanish into air, away.
 
[Exeunt Musicians]
 
CASSIO
Dost thou hear me, my honest friend?
 
CLOWN
No, I hear not your honest friend:
I hear you.
 
CASSIO
Prithee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general be stirring, tell her, there's one Cassio entreats her a little favor of speech. Wilt thou do this?
 
CLOWN
She is stirring sir: if she will stir hither, I shall seem to notify unto her.
 
[Exit Clown. Enter IAGO]
          ,       ,     x
      In hap|py time,| Iago.
 
IAGO
                                2      ,        2   ,          2->
                             You have not | been a-bed || then?
 
CASSIO
           ,        ,          ,         ,        ,       ->
      Why no:| the day | had broke | before | we par||ted.
      ,       2       ,     x          ,     ,              ,  ->
      I | have made bold |(Iago)| to send | in to || your wife:
           ,        ,     ,          ,      2
My suit | to her | is, that | she will to virtuous | Desde|mona
Pro|cure me some | access.
 
IAGO
             ,         ,        ,       ,   oo
      I'll send | her to | you pres|ently;|
       ,             ,        ,         ,          ,
      And I'll | devise | a mean | to draw | the Moor
       ,    2       ,                ,    ,          ,
      Out of the | way, that | your con|verse and | business
           ,           ,
      May be | more* free. \\
 
[Exit IAGO]
 
CASSIO
         ,        ,            x        ,       ,
      I hum|bly thank | you for it.| I nev|er knew
         ,       ,           ,         ,       o
      A Flo|rentine | more kind,| and hon|est.
 
[Enter EMILIA]
 
EMILIA
            ,         ,         ,      2   ,    ,
      Good mor|row (good | Lieute|nant) I am | sorry
       ,      2      ,             ,           ,         ,
      For your dis|pleasure:| but all | will sure | be well.
           ,   2    ,          ,          ,        x
      The gen|eral and | his wife | are talk|ing of it,
       ,           ,      2        ,             ,        ,
      And she | speaks for you | stoutly.| The Moor | replies,
            ,         ,      2     ,       ,        ,
      That he | you hurt | is of great | fame in | Cyprus,
            ,        ,   2    ,        2     ,         ,      2->
      And great | affin|ity: and | that in whole|some wis||dom
           ,      ,     2     ,           2    ,       2     ,         2->
      He might | not but re|fuse you.| but he pro|tests he loves || you
            ,        ,       ,        ,         ,       2->
      And needs | no oth|er suit|or, but | his li||kings
           ,          ,      ,
      To bring | you in | again.
 
CASSIO
                                  ,   2     ,
                                 Yet I be|seech you,
          ,           ,         ,        ,         ,
      If you | think^fit,| or that | it may | be done,
        ,          ,                    ,    ,   ,
      Give me | advant|age of some // brief discourse
            ,     ,   2   ,
      With Des|demo|na alone.
 
EMILIA
                                ,              ,
                              Pray you | come in:
          ,        ,          ,           ,            ,
      I will | bestow | you where | you shall | have time
           ,           ,       ,      3
      To speak | your bos|om free||ly.
 
CASSIO
                                         3     ,      ,     2
                                        I am much | bound to you.
 
[Exeunt]

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