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Now, by heaven,
Mon. If partially affin'd, or leagu'd in office,
Touch me not so near:
As men in rage strike those that wish them best,--
I know, Jago,
Enter DESDEMONA, attended.
What's the matter, dear?
[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, lago, my reputation.
lago. As I am an honest man, I thonght 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 offenceJess 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? and squabble? swagger? swear? and discourse fustian with one's own shadow?-0 thou invisible spirit of winc, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee-devil!
lago. What was he that you followed with 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.—O, that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transforın ourselves into beasts!
lago. Why, but you are now well enoagh: How came you thus recovered?
Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath: one unperfectness shows ine 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 agaiu ; le shall tell me, I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths 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! -Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.
lago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used; exclaiın no more against it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you think I love you.
Cas. I have well approved it, sir.-1 drunk!
lago. You, or any man living, may be drunk at some tiine, man. I'll tell you what you shall do. Our general's wife is now the general; may say so in this respect, for that he hath devoted and given up himselt to the contemplation, mark, and denotement of her
parts and graces :-confess yourself freely to her; importune ber; 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 lay worth naming, this crack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before.
Cas. You advise me well. lago. 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 undertake for me: I am desperate of my fortunes, if they check me here.
lago. 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 villain? When this advice is free, I give, and honest, Probal to thinking, and (indeed) the course To win the Moor again? For, 'tis most easy The inclining Desdemona to subdue In any honest suit; she's fram'd as fruitful As the free elements. And then for her To win the Moor,—were't to renounce his baptism, All seals and symbols of redeemed sin, His soul is so enfetter'd to her love, That she may make, unmake, do what she list, Even as her appetite shall play the god With his weak function. How ain I then a villain, To counsel Cassio to this parallel course, Directly to his good? Divinity of hell! When devils will their blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, As I do now: For, while this honest fool Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes, And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor, I'N pour this pestilence into his ear,That she repeals him for her body's lust;
And, by how much she strives to do him good,
Enter RODERIGO. Rod. I do follow here in the chase, not like a hound thal hunts, but one that fills up the cry. My money is almost spent; I have been to-night exceedingly well cudgelled; and, I think, the issue will be I shall have so inuch experience for my pains: and so, with no inoney at all, and a little more wit, return to Venice.
Iago. How poor are they, that have not patience! What wound did ever heal, but by degrees? Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witclicraft; And wit depends on dilatory tiine. Does't not go well ? Cassio hath beaten thee, And thou, by that small hurt, hast cashier'd Cassio : Though other things grow fair against the sun, Yet fruits, lhat blossom first, will first be ripe: Content thyself awhile. By the mass, 'tis morning; Pleasure, and action, make the hours seem short. Retire thee; go where thou art billetted : Away, I say; thou shalt know more hereafter: Nay, get thee gone. [Exit Rod.] Two things are to be
done, My wife must move for Cassio to her mistress; l'll set her on; Myself, the while, to draw the Moor apart, And bring him jump when he may Cassio find Soliciting his wife :
-Ay, that's the way; Dull not device by coldness and delay. [Eait.