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Duke of Venice. Brabantio, a senator. Two other Senators. Gratiano, brother to Brabantio. Lodovico, kinsman to Brabantio. Othello, the Moor: Cassio, his lieutenant ; Iago, his ancient. Roderico, a Venetian gentleman. Montano, Othello's predecessor in the government of - Cyprus. Clown, servant to Othello. Herald.
Desdemona, daughter to Brabantio, and wife to Othello,
Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicians, Sailors, - Attendants, &c.
Sces E, for the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the play, at a sea-port in Cyprus.
Enter Ro DERIGo and IAGo. - Roderigo. Tush, never tell me, I take it much unkindly, That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse, As if the strings were thine,—should'st know of this. Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me — If ever I did dream of such a matter, Abhor me. Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in thy hate. Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, Oft capp'd to him;-and, by the faith of man, I know my price, I am worth no worse a place: But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Evades them, with a bombast circumstance,” Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war; • And, in conclusion, nonsuits My mediators; for, certes,” says he, e
'Saluted. • Circumlocution. 3 Certainly
I have already chose my officer.
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife; *
4. For wife some read life, supposing it to allude to the denunciation in the Gospel, wo unto you when all men shall speak well of you• * Theory. * Rulers of the state. , 7 It was anciently the practice to reckon up sums with counters. * Related.
Iago. O, sir, content you; I follow him to serve my turn upon him; We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave, That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, For nought but provender; and, when he's old,
cashier'd; Whip me such honest knaves: Others there are, Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; And, throwing but shows of service on their lords, Do well thrive by them, and, when they have lin'd their coats,
Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul;
Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe," If he can carry't thus !
Iago. Call up her father,
9 Outward show of civility. * Own, possess.