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And he that is approv'd' in this offence,
Mon. If partially affin'd, or leagu'd in office,
Touch me not so near : I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth, Than it should do offence to Michael Cassio; Yet, I persuade myself, to speak the truth Shall nothing wrong him.-Thus it is, general. Montano and myself being in speech, There comes a fellow, crying out for help; And Cassio following him with determin’d sword, To execute upon him: Sir, this gentleman Steps in to Cassio, and entreats his pause ; Myself the crying fellow did pursue, Lest, by his clamour, (as it so fell out,) The town might fall in fright: he, swift of foot, Outran my purpose; and I return’d the rather For that I heard the clink and fall of swords, And Cassio high in oath ; which, till to-night, I ne'er might say before: When I came back, (For this was brief,) I found them close together, At blow, and thrust; even as again they were, When you yourself did part them. More of this matter can I not report :But men are men; the best sometimes forget : Though Cassio did some little wrong to him,
- he that is approv'd - ] He that is convicted by proof, of having been engaged in this offence.
2 If partially alin'd,] Affin'd is bound by proximity of relationship; but here it means related by nearness of office.
As men in rage strike those that wish them best,
I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio :-Cassio, I love thee; But never more be officer of mine.
Enter DESDEMONA, attended. Look, if my gentle love be not rais'd
up; I'll make thee an example. Des.
What's the matter, dear? Oth. All's well now, sweeting; Come away to bed. Sir, for your hurts, Myself will be your surgeon: Lead him off.
[To MONTANO, who is led off. Iago, look with care about the town; And silence those whom this vile brawl distracted. Come, Desdemona; 'tis the soldiers' life, To have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife.
[Exeunt all but Iago and Cassio. Iago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant ? Cas. Ay, past all surgery. Iago. Marry, heaven forbid !
Cas. Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part, sir, of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation.
Iago. As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound; there is more offence in that, than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving: You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser. What, man! there are ways to recover the
general again : You are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice; even so as one would beat his offenceless dog, to'affright an imperious lion: sue to him again, and he's yours.
Cas. I will rather sue to be despised, than to deceive so good a commander, with so slight, so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? and speak parrot?4 and squabble? swagger? sweari and discourse fustian with one's own shadow 2-0 thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee-devil! Iago. What was he that
your sword? What had he done to you?
Cas. I know not.
Cas. I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore.-0, that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!
Iago. Why, but you are now well enough: How came you thus recovered?
Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath : one unperfectness shows me another, to make me frankly despise myself.
Iago. Come, you are too severe a moraler : As the time, the place, and the condition of this country stands, I could heartily wish this had not befallen; but, since it is as it is, mend it for your own good.
Cas. I will ask him for my place again ; he shall tell me, I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths
cast in his mood,] Ejected in his anger.
and speak parrot?] A phrase signifying to act foolishly and childishly.
as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange!
O strange! -Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.
Iago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used; exclaim no more against it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you think I
Cas. I have well approved it, sir.-I drunk!
Iago. You, or any man living, may be drunk at some time, man. I'll tell you what you shall do. Our general's wife is now the general;- I may say so in this respect, for that he hath devoted and given up himself to the contemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts and graces :-confess yourself freely to her; importune her; she'll help to put you in your place again : she is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, that she holds it a vice in her goodness, not to do more than she is requested: This broken joint, between you and her husband, entreat her to splinter; and, my fortunes against any lays worth naming, this crack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before.
Cas. You advise me well.
Iago. I protest, in the sincerity of love, and honest kindness.
Cas. I think it freely; and, betimes in the morning, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to un dertake for me: I am desperate of my fortunes, if they check me here.
Tago. You are in the right. Good night, lieutenant; I must to the watch.
Cas. Good night, honest Iago. [Exit Cassio. Iago. And what's he then, that says, I play the
any lay --] i. e. any bet, any wager.
When this advice is free, I give, and honest,
6 Probal ] There may be such a contraction of the word probable, but I have not met with it in any other book. Yet abbreviations as violent occur in our ancient writers, and especially in the works of Churchyard. STEEVENS. 7 The inclining Desdemona - ] i. e. compliant.
as fruitful As the free elements.] Liberal, bountiful, as the elements, out of which all things are produced.
parallel course,] i. e. course level and even with his design. * When devils will their blackest sins put on,
They do suggest --] When devils mean to instigate men to commit the most atrocious crimes.
2 That she repeals-) That is, recalls him.