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Act III, Scene i:
Cyprus. Before the Castle.
 
[Enter Cassio and some Musicians.]
CASSIO:
Masters, play here,—I will content your pains,
Something that's brief; and bid good-morrow, general.
[Music.]
[Enter Clown.]
CLOWN:
Why, masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that
they speak i' the nose thus?
FIRST MUSICIAN:
How, sir, how!
CLOWN:
Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?
FIRST MUSICIAN:
Ay, marry, are they, sir.
CLOWN:
O, thereby hangs a tale.
FIRST MUSICIAN:
Whereby hangs a tale, sir?
CLOWN:
Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But,
masters, here's money for you: and the general so likes your
music, that he desires you, for love's sake, to make no more
noise with it.
FIRST MUSICIAN:
Well, sir, we will not.
CLOWN:
If you have any music that may not be heard, to't again:
but, as they say, to hear music the general does not greatly
care.
FIRST MUSICIAN:
We have none such, sir.
CLOWN:
Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away:
go, vanish into air, away!
[Exeunt Musicians.]
CASSIO:
Dost thou hear, mine honest friend?
CLOWN:
No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you.
CASSIO:
Pr'ythee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor piece of
gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general's wife
be stirring, tell her there's one Cassio entreats her a little
favour of speech: wilt thou do this?
CLOWN:
She is stirring, sir; if she will stir hither I shall
seem to notify unto her.
CASSIO:
Do, good my friend.
[Exit Clown.]
[Enter Iago.]
In happy time, Iago.
IAGO:
You have not been a-bed, then?
CASSIO:
Why, no; the day had broke
Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
To send in to your wife: my suit to her
Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
Procure me some access.
IAGO:
I'll send her to you presently;
And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free.
CASSIO:
I humbly thank you for't.[Exit Iago.]I never knew
A Florentine more kind and honest.
[Enter Emilia.]
EMILIA:
Good-morrow, good lieutenant; I am sorry
For your displeasure; but all will sure be well.
The general and his wife are talking of it;
And she speaks for you stoutly: the Moor replies
That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus
And great affinity, and that, in wholesome wisdom,
He might not but refuse you; but he protests he loves you
And needs no other suitor but his likings
To take the safest occasion by the front
To bring you in again.
CASSIO:
Yet, I beseech you,—
If you think fit, or that it may be done,—
Give me advantage of some brief discourse
With Desdemona alone.
EMILIA:
Pray you, come in:
I will bestow you where you shall have time
To speak your bosom freely.
CASSIO:
I am much bound to you.
[Exeunt.]
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