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Enter RODERIGO and IAGO.
Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me:--
Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in thy hate.
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his hang
Iago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse of service; Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
Not by the old gradation, where each second
Rod. I would not follow him then.
Iago. O sir, content you; I follow him to serve my turn upon We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow’d. You shall mark Many a duteous and knec-crooking knave, That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, For nought but provender; and, when he's old, cashier'd; Whip me such honest knaves: Others there are, Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; And, throwing but shows of service on their lords, Do well thrive by them, and, when they have lin’d their
coats, Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul; And such a one do I profess myself. For, sir, It is as sure as you are Roderigo, Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago: In following him, I follow but myself; Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, But seeming so, for my peculiar end: For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In compliment extern, 'tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve, For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
Rod. What a full fortune does the thick lips owe, If he can carry't thus !
Iago. Call up her father;
Rod. Here is her father's house; I'll call aloud.
Iago. Do; with like timorous accent and dire yell, As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spied in populous cities.
Rod. What, ho! Brabantio ! signior Brabantio, ho ! Iago. Awake! what, ho! Brabantio! thieves! thieves!
thieves ! Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags ! Thieves ! thieves !
BRABANTIO, above, at a window.
Rod. Signior, is all your family within?
this? Iago. 'Zounds, sir, you are robb’d; for shame, put
on your gown;