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and lips :-Is it possible ? -Confess !-Handkerchief!-0 devil!

[Falls in a Trance. Iago. Work on, My medicine, work! Thus credulous fools are caught; And many worthy and chaste dames, even thus, All guiltless meet reproach.—What, ho! my lord!

Enter Cassio.

My lord, I say! Othello!-How now, Cassió?

Cas. What is the matter?

Iago. My lord is fallen into an epilepsy;
This is his second fit; he had one yesterday.

Cas. Rub him about the temples.

No, forbear :
The lethargy must have his quiet course :
If not, he foams at mouth; and, by and by,
Breaks out to savage madness. Look, he stirs
Do you withdraw yourself a little while,
He will recover straight; when he is gone,
I would on great occasion speak with you.-

[Erit Cassio. How is it, general ? have

not hurt


head ? Oth. Dost thou mock me?

I mock you! no, by heaven: 'Would, you would bear


fortunes like a man. Oth. A horned man's a monster, and a beast.

Iago. There's many a beast then in a populous city, And many a civil monster.

Oth. Did he confess it?

Good sir, be a man;
Think, every bearded fellow, that's but yok'd,
May draw with you: there's millions now alive,


That nightly lie in those unproper 5 beds,
Which they dare swear peculiar; your case is better.
O, 'tis the spite of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
And to suppose her chaste! No, let me know;
And, knowing what I am, I know what she shall be.

Oth. O, thou art wise; 'tis certain.



awhile apart; Confine yourself but in a patient list.“ Whilst you were here, .ere while mad with your

(A passion most unsuiting such a man,)
Cassio came hither : I shifted him away,
And laid good ’scuse upon your ecstasy ;
Bade him anon return, and here speak with me;
The which he promis'd. Do but encave yourself,
And mark the feers, the gibes, and notable scorns,
That dwell in every region of his face;
For I will make him tell the tale anew,-
Where, how, how oft, how long ago, and when
He hath, and is again to cope your wife;
I say, but mark his gesture. Marry, patience;
Or I shall say, you are all in all in spleen,
And nothing of a man.

Dost thou hear, Iago?
I will be found most cunning in my patience;
But (dost thou hear ?) most bloody.

That's not amiss i But yet keep time in all. Will


withdraw ?

[OTHELLO withdrazes. Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,

s Common.

6 Within the bounds of patience.

7 Hide.

A housewife, that, by selling her desires,
Buys herself bread and clothes : it is a creature,
That dotes on Cassio,-as 'tis the strumpet's plague,
To beguile many, and be beguild by one;
He, when he hears of her, cannot refrain
From the excess of laughter :-Here he comes:-

Re-enter Cassio.

As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad;
And his unbookish jealousy must construe
Poor Cassio's smiles, gestures, and light behaviour
Quite in the wrong.-How do you now, lieutenant?

Cas. The worser, that you give me the addition, Whose want even kills me.

Iago. Ply Desdemona well, and you are sure of't. Now, if this suit lay in Bianca's power,

[Speaking lower. How quickly should you speed ? Cas.

Alas, poor caitiff!
Oth, Look, how he laughs already! [Aside.
Tago. I never knew a woman love man so.
Cas. Alas, poor rogue! I think i'faith she loves me.
Oth. Now he denies it faintly, and laughs it out.

Iago. Do you hear, Cassio ?

Now he importunes him To tell it o'er : Go to; well said, well said. [Aside.

Iago. She gives it out, that you shall marry her: Do

you intend it? Cas.

Ha, ha, ha!

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Oth. Do you triumph, Roman? do you triumph?

[Aside. Cas. I marry. her!—what? a customer!' I pr’ythee, bear some charity to my wit; do not think it so unwholesome. Ha, ha, ha!

Oth. So, so, so, so: They laugh that win. [Aside.

lago. 'Faith, the cry goes, that you shall marry her.

Cas. Pr'ythee, say true.
Iago. I am a very villain else.
Oth. Have

scored me? Well.

[Aside. Cas. This is the monkey's own giving out: she is persuaded I will marry her, out of her own love and fattery, not out of my promise. Oth. Iago beckons me; now he begins the story.

[Aside. Cas. She was here even now; she haunts me in every place. I was, the other day, talking on the sea-bank with certain Venetians; and thither conjes this bauble; by this hand, she falls thus about my


Oth. Crying, () dear Cassio! as it were : his gesture imports it.

[Aside. Cas. So hangs, and lolls, and weeps upon me; so hales, and pulls me: ha, ha, ha!

Oth. Now he tells, how she pluck'd him to my chamber: 0, I see that nose of yours, but not that dog I shall throw it to.

[Aside. Cas. Well, I must leave her company. Iago. Before me! look where she comes.

I A common woman.


Cas. 'Tis such another fitchew!? marry, a perfumed one.--What do you mean by this haunting of me?

Bian. Let the devil and his dam haunt you! What did you mean by that same handkerchief, you gave me even now? I was a fine fool to take it. I must take out the whole work?-A likely piece of work, that you should find it in your chamber, and not know who left it there! This is some minx's token, and I must take out the work? There,-give it your hobby-horse: wheresoever you had it, I'll take out no work on't.

Cas. How now, my sweet Bianca ? how now? how now? Oth. By heaven, that should be my handkerchief!

[Aside, Bian. An you'll come to supper to night, you may : an you will not, come when you are next prepared for.

Iago. After her, after her.
Cas. 'Faith must, e'll rail in the street else.
Iago. Will you sup there?
Cas. 'Faith, I intend so.

Iago. Well, I may chance to see you ; for I would very fain speak with you.

Cas. Pr'ythee, come; Will you ? .
Iago. Go to; say no more. [Exit Cassio.
Oth. How shall I murder him, Iago ?
Iago. Did you perceive how he laughed at his vice?
Oth. O, Iago!

2 A pole-cat.

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