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Enter Othello, Iago, [and] attendants, with torches.
Iago Though in the trade of war I have slain men,

trade of war

Course of war.
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205Yet do I hold it very stuff o'th'conscience

hold it very stuff o'th'conscience

"Consider it an essential matter of right and wrong."
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To do no contrived murder; I lack iniquity

contrived

Planned.
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Sometime to do me service. Nine or ten times
I had thought t'have yerked him here under the ribs.

yerked

Struck, usually with a whip or lash.
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prated,

Spoke foolishly or boastfully.
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Othello
'Tis better as it is.
210Iago
Nay, but he prated,
And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms

scurvy

Rude.
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Against your honor
212.1That with the little godliness I have
I did full hard forbear him. But I pray you, sir,

did full hard forbear

"Had a difficult time putting up with."
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Are you fast married? Be assured of this,

fast

Firmly, securely.
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215That the magnifico is much beloved,

magnifico

A nobleman of Venice; i.e. Brabantio.
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And hath in his effect a voice potential

a voice potential . . . the duke's.

I.e. Brabantio's influence in Venice is potentially twice that of the duke.
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As double as the duke's. He will divorce you,
Or put upon you what restraint or grievance
The law, with all his might to enforce it on,

cable.

Literally, rope. Iago uses the term figuratively to suggest that Brabantio will contain Othello to the full extent allowed by law.
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220Will give him cable.
Othello
Let him do his spite;
My services, which I have done the signory,

signory,

Governing body of Venice.
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Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to know--

out-tongue

Outweigh.
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Which, when I know that boasting is an honor,
225I shall promulgate -- I fetch my life and being

promulgate

Proclaim or publish.
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From men of royal siege; and my demerits

siege;

Literally, a seat used by a person of high rank. Othello is apparently claiming descent from a royal line.
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demerits

Merits.
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May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune

unbonneted

With head uncovered (as a sign of respect).
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As this that I have reached. For know, Iago,
But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
230I would not my unhousèd free condition

unhousèd

Without household or family; i.e. without domestic obligations.
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Put into circumscription and confine

circumscription

Restraint.
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For the sea's worth. But look, what lights come yond?
Enter Cassio [and officers] with torches.

Enter Cassio

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Iago Those are the raisèd father and his friends;

raisèd

Awakened.
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235You were best go in.
Othello
Not I. I must be found.
My parts, my title, and my perfect soul

parts,

Abilities; talents.
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perfect

Virtuous.
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Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?

manifest me rightly.

"Show me as I truly am."
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Iago By Janus, I think no.

Janus,

Two-faced Roman deity of doorways, gates, and beginnings.
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240Othello The servants of the duke? And my lieutenant?
The goodness of the night upon you, friends.
What is the news?
Cassio
The duke does greet you, general,
245And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance,

haste-post-haste

Immediate.
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Even on the instant.
Othello
What is the matter, think you?
Cassio Something from Cyprus, as I may divine.
It is a business of some heat. The galleys

heat.

Urgency.
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galleys

Sea-going vessels propelled by oars and sails, in common use in the Mediterranean in the period.
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250Have sent a dozen sequent messengers

sequent

Successive.
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This very night at one another's heels,
And many of the consuls, raised and met,
Are at the duke's already. You have been hotly called for,
When, being not at your lodging to be found,
255The Senate hath sent about three several quests

several

Separate.
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To search you out.
Othello
'Tis well I am found by you.
I will but spend a word here in the house

spend a word

Speak (to someone).
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[Exit Othello.]

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what makes he here?

What is he doing here?
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And go with you.
[Exit Othello.]
260Cassio
Ancient, what makes he here?
Iago Faith, he tonight hath boarded a land carrack.

boarded a land carrack.

Literally, gone on board a large ship used to transport goods, usually with intent to attack; figuratively, made sexual advances to a desirable woman (i.e. Desdemona).
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If it prove lawful prize, he's made forever.
Cassio
I do not understand.
Iago
He's married.
265Cassio
To who?

Have with you.

"I am ready to go with you."
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Iago
Marry to—
[Enter Othello.]
--Come captain, will you go?
Othello
Have with you.
Cassio Here comes another troop to seek for you.
Enter Brabantio, Roderigo, [and] officers [with] torches [and weapons].
270Iago It is Brabantio. General, be advised;

to bad intent.

With hostile intentions.
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Holla,

Exclamation meaning "stop."
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He comes to bad intent.
Othello
Holla, stand there.

draw their swords.

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Roderigo
Signor, it is the Moor.
Brabantio
Down with him, thief.
[Both sides draw their swords.]
275Iago You, Roderigo? Come, sir, I am for you.

You, Roderigo?

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I am for you.

I will fight you.
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Othello Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.

Keep up your bright swords,

Sheath your unused swords.
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with years

"With the experience of, and respect accorded to, age."
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Good signor, you shall more command with years
Than with your weapons.
Brabantio O thou foul thief, 280where hast thou stowed my daughter?
Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her;
For I'll refer me to all things of sense

refer me to all things of sense

"Submit my case for judgment to all people with commonsense."
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If she in chains of magic were not bound,
Whether a maid so tender, fair, and happy,
285So opposite to marriage that she shunned

opposite

Opposed.
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The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,

curled

Literally, adorned with curls or ringlets. Brabantio's point is that Desdemona has seemed unimpressed by the fashionable dandies of Venice.
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Would ever have, t'incur a general mock,
Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom

guardage

Guardianship.
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Of such a thing as thou--to fear, not to delight.
290Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense

gross in sense

Obvious.
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That thou hast practiced on her with foul charms,

practiced on

Acted upon by trickery (so as to induce someone to do or to believe something), with a suggestion of magical intervention.
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Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals
That weaken motion. I'll have't disputed on--

motion.

Inner prompting or inclination.
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disputed on--

Debated by experts.
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'Tis probable and palpable to thinking.

probable and palpable

Likely and plainly observable.
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295I therefore apprehend and do attach thee

apprehend and do attach

Seize and arrest.
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For an abuser of the world, a practiser
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant.

inhibited and out of warrant.

Illegal.
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Lay hold upon him; if he do resist,

Hold

Stop.
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Subdue him at his peril.
300Othello
Hold your hands,
Both you of my inclining and the rest.

you of my inclining

"Those of you on my side."
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Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it
Without a prompter. Whither will you that I go

till fit time . . . answer.

"Until such time as, through the regular proceedings of the law courts, you are summoned to account for yourself."
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To answer this your charge?
305Brabantio
To prison, till fit time
Of law and course of direct session
Call thee to answer.
Othello
What if I do obey?
How may the duke be therewith satisfied,
310Whose messengers are here about my side
Upon some present business of the state

present

Urgent.
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To bring me to him?
Officer
'Tis true, most worthy signor.
The duke's in council, and your noble self
315I am sure is sent for.
Brabantio
How? The duke in council?
In this time of the night? Bring him away!
Mine's not an idle cause. The duke himself,

idle

Frivolous.
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Or any of my brothers of the state,
320Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own;
For if such actions may have passage free,

may have passage free,

Are allowed.
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Bondslaves and pagans shall our statesmen be.

Bondslaves and pagans

Slaves and non-Christians.
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Exeunt.