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ACT III - SCENE I. Before the castle.
Enter CASSIO and some Musicians

CASSIO
1    Masters, play here; I will content your pains;
2    Something that's brief; and bid 'Good morrow, general.'
Music

Enter Clown

Clown
3    Why masters, have your instruments been in Naples,
4    that they speak i' the nose thus?
First Musician
5    How, sir, how!
Clown
6    Are these, I pray you, wind-instruments?
First Musician
7    Ay, marry, are they, sir.
Clown
8    O, thereby hangs a tail.
First Musician
9    Whereby hangs a tale, sir?
Clown
10   Marry. sir, by many a wind-instrument that I know.
11   But, masters, here's money for you: and the general
12   so likes your music, that he desires you, for love's
13   sake, to make no more noise with it.
First Musician
14   Well, sir, we will not.
Clown
15   If you have any music that may not be heard, to't
16   again: but, as they say to hear music the general
17   does not greatly care.
First Musician
18   We have none such, sir.
Clown
19   Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away:
20   go; vanish into air; away!
Exeunt Musicians

CASSIO
21   Dost thou hear, my honest friend?
Clown
22   No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you.
CASSIO
23   Prithee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor piece
24   of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends
25   the general's wife be stirring, tell her there's
26   one Cassio entreats her a little favour of speech:
27   wilt thou do this?
Clown
28   She is stirring, sir: if she will stir hither, I
29   shall seem to notify unto her.
CASSIO
30   Do, good my friend.
Exit Clown
Enter IAGO
31   In happy time, Iago.
IAGO
32   You have not been a-bed, then?
CASSIO
33   Why, no; the day had broke
34   Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
35   To send in to your wife: my suit to her
36   Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
37   Procure me some access.
IAGO
38   I'll send her to you presently;
39   And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
40   Out of the way, that your converse and business
41   May be more free.
CASSIO
42   I humbly thank you for't.
Exit IAGO
43   I never knew
44   A Florentine more kind and honest.
Enter EMILIA

EMILIA
45   Good morrow, good Lieutenant: I am sorry
46   For your displeasure; but all will sure be well.
47   The general and his wife are talking of it;
48   And she speaks for you stoutly: the Moor replies,
49   That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus,
50   And great affinity, and that in wholesome wisdom
51   He might not but refuse you; but he protests he loves you
52   And needs no other suitor but his likings
53   To take the safest occasion by the front
54   To bring you in again.
CASSIO
55   Yet, I beseech you,
56   If you think fit, or that it may be done,
57   Give me advantage of some brief discourse
58   With Desdemona alone.
EMILIA
59   Pray you, come in;
60   I will bestow you where you shall have time
61   To speak your bosom freely.
CASSIO
62   I am much bound to you.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II

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