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Oth. Let him do his spight;
My services, which I have done the signory,
I would not my unhoused free condition
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
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
And many of the counsellors raised and met,
called for, (20)
You have been hotly
When, being not at your lodging to be found,
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.
Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you:
I will but spend a word here in the house,
[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
Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her;
If she in chains of magic (21) were not bound,
(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,
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,
Offi. True, most worthy signior.
The duke's in council; and your noble self,
Bra. How the duke in council?
In this time of the night? bring him away;
Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own;