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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
O, 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, 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's wife be stirring, tell her there's one Cassio entreats her a little favour of speech: wilt thou do this?
 
CLOWN
She is stirring, sir: if she will stir hither, I shall seem to notify unto her.
 
CASSIO
Do, good my friend.
 
[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
5     My suit | to her | is, that | she will to
       ,   2      ,     ,  2      ,    2        ,
      Virtuous | Desde|mona pro|cure me some | access.
 
IAGO
             ,         ,        ,       ,   oo
      I'll send | her to | you pre|sently;|
       ,             ,        ,         ,          ,
      And I'll | devise | a mean | to draw | the Moor
       ,    2       ,                ,    ,          ,
      Out of the | way, that | your con|verse and | business
           ,           ,
10    May be | more* free. \\
 
[Exit IAGO]
 
CASSIO
         ,        ,            x        ,       ,
      I hum|bly thank | you for it.| I ne|ver knew
         ,       ,           ,         ,       o
      A Flo|rentine | more kind | and ho|nest.
 
[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
15    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->
20    And needs | no o|ther sui|tor but | his li||kings
           ,         ,     2   ,       ,         ,
      To take | the sa|fest occa|sion by | the front
           ,          ,      ,
      To bring | you in | again.
 
CASSIO
                                  ,   2     ,
                                 Yet I be|seech you,
          ,           ,         ,        ,         ,
      If you | think^fit,| or that | it may | be done,
        ,          ,                    ,    ,   ,
25    Give me | advan|tage 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 bo|som free||ly.
 
CASSIO
                                         3     ,      ,     2
30                                      I am much | bound to you.
 
[Exeunt]

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