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Oth. Let him do his spight;

My services, which I have done the signory,
Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to know,
(Which, when I know that boasting is an honour,
I shall promulgate) I fetch my life and being
From men of royal siege; (18) and my demerits
May speak, and bonneted, (19) to as proud a fortune
As this that I have reached. For know, Iago,
But that I love the gentle Desdemona,

I would not my unhoused free condition
Put into circumscription and confine, [yonder.
For the sea's worth. But look, what lights come

Enter CASSIO, with Torches.

lago. Those are the raised father, and his friends: You were best go in.

(18) Royal siege. In fact there is a likeness of a crown over Othello's head, and thence it was that the same space in the play of Hamlet was assigned to the person of the King.

(19) Othello's cap or bonnet, is drawn in

Fig. 100.

such as it appears on his head in its prototype.

Oth. Not I; 1 must be found.

My parts, my title, and my perfect soul

Shall manifest me rightly.

Is it they?

Iago. By Janus, I think no.


Oth. The servants of the duke and my lieuteThe goodness of the night upon you, friends! What is the news?

Cas. The duke doth greet you, general;

And he requires your haste, post haste appearance, Even on the instant.

Oth. What is the matter, think you?

Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I


It is a business of some heat. The gallies
Have sent a dozen sequent messengers
This very night at one another's heels:


And many of the counsellors raised and met,
Are at the duke's already.

called for, (20)

You have been hotly

When, being not at your lodging to be found,
The senate sent above three several quests,

To search you out.

(20) I incline to think that this singular word (hotly) was intended to involve a pun upon the first part of Othello's name, as its latter part might offer occasion for a more obvious pun, no less consistent with the diabolical fury with which he is hereafter seized.

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Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you:

I will but spend a word here in the house,
And go with you.

[Exit Othello. Cas. Ancient, what makes he here? [carrack;

Iago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a landIf it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.

Cas. I do not understand.

Iago. He's married.

Cas. To whom?

Iago. Marry, to-Come, captain, will you go? Enter OTHELLO.

Oth. Have with you.

Cas. Here comes another troop to seek for you.

Enter BRABANTIO, RODORIGO, with Officers and Torches.

Iago. It is Brabantio: general, be advised;

He comes to bad intent.

Oth. Holla! stand there.

Rod. Signior, it is the Moor.

Bra. Down with him, thief!

[They draw on both Sides. Iago. You, Rodorigo! come, sir, I am for youOth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust 'em.

Good signior, you shall more command with years Than with your weapons.

Bra. O thou foul thief! where hast thou stowed

my daughter;

Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her;
For I'll refer me to all things of sense,

If she in chains of magic (21) were not bound,
Whether a maid, so tender, fair, and happy,
So opposite to marriage, that she shunned
The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,
Would ever have, t' incur a general mock,
Run from the guardage to the sooty bosom
Of such a thing as thou; to fear, not to delight?
Judge me the world, if it is not gross in sense,
That thou hast practis'd on her with foul charms,
Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals,
That weaken notion.-I'll have't disputed on;
'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking.
I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
For an abuser of the world, (22) a practiser
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant:

(21) The ideas of magic, incantations, and charms, have in all times been conceived to be coupled with the moon, and are often noticed in this play.

(22) An abuser of the world. This is referable to the moon, as not shining with her own lustre, but a borrowed one: this, too, explains the terms false and liar, frequently used in Hudibras and in the plays.

Lay hold upon him; if he do resist,
Subdue him at his peril.

Oth. Hold your hands,

Both you of my inclining, and the rest.

Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it

Without a prompter.

Where will you I go

To answer this your charge?

Bra. To prison, 'till fit time

Of law, and course of direct session

Call thee to answer.

Oth. What if I do obey?

How may the duke be therewith satisfied,
Whose messengers are here about my side,
Upon some present business of the state,
To bring to me him?

Offi. True, most worthy signior.

The duke's in council; and your noble self,
I'm sure, is sent for.

Bra. How the duke in council?

In this time of the night? bring him away;
Mine's not an idle cause. The duke himself,
Or any of my brothers of the state,

Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own;
For if such actions may have passage free,▾
Bond-slaves and pageants shall our statesmen be.

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