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  • Title: Othello (Modern)
  • Editor: Jessica Slights
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-466-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Jessica Slights
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    Othello (Modern)

    3.1
    Enter Cassio, Musicians, and Clown.
    Cassio
    Masters, play here--I will content your pains--1520something that's brief, and bid "Good morrow, general."
    [The musicians play.]
    Clown
    Why, masters, have your instruments been in Naples that they speak i'th'nose thus?
    Musician
    How, sir? How?
    Clown
    Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?
    1525 Musician
    Ay, marry, are they, sir.
    Clown
    Oh, thereby hangs a tale.
    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 1530general so likes your music that he desires you for love's sake to make no more noise with it.
    Musician
    Well, sir, we will not.
    Clown
    If you have any music that may not be heard, to't again. But, as they say, to hear music the 1535general does not greatly care.
    Musician
    We have none such, sir.
    Clown
    Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away. Go, vanish into air, away.
    Exit Musicians.
    Cassio
    Dost thou hear, mine honest friend?
    1540 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 1545entreats 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.
    1547.1 Cassio
    Do, my good friend.
    Exit Clown.
    Enter Iago.
    Cassio
    In happy time, Iago.
    1550 Iago
    You have not been abed then?
    Cassio
    Why, no; the day had broke before we parted.
    I have made bold, Iago, to send in to your wife.
    My suit to her is that she will to virtuous Desdemona
    Procure me some access.
    1555 Iago
    I'll send her to you presently,
    And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
    Out of the way, that your converse and business
    May be more free.
    Exit [Iago].
    Cassio
    I humbly thank you for't.
    I never knew 1560a Florentine more kind and honest.
    Enter Emilia.
    Emilia
    Good morrow, good lieutenant. I am sorry
    For your displeasure, but all will sure be well.
    The general and his wife are talking of it,
    1565And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies
    That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus
    And great affinity, and that in wholesome wisdom
    He might not but refuse you. But he protests he loves you
    And needs no other suitor but his likings
    1569.1To take the safest occasion by the front
    1570To bring you in again.
    Cassio
    Yet I beseech you,
    If you think fit, or that it may be done,
    Give me advantage of some brief discourse
    With Desdemon alone.
    1575 Emilia
    Pray you come in.
    I will bestow you where you shall have time
    To speak your bosom freely.
    Cassio
    I am much bound to you.
    [Exeunt.]