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He'll watch the horologe a double set,'
It were well
Iago. How now, Roderigo?
[Aside. I pray you, after the lieutenant; go. [Exit RODERIGO.
Mon. And 'tis great pity, that the noble Moor
lago. Not I, for this fair island.
[Cry within-Help! help!
Re-enter Cassio, driving in RODERIGO.
What's the matter, lieutenant ?
Rod. Beat me!
[Striking RODERIGO. Mon.
Nay, good lieutenant;
[Staying him 1 pray you, sir, hold
Let me go, sir, Or I'll knock you o'er the mazzard.
1 If he have no drink, he'll keep awake while the clock strikes two rounds, or four-and-twenty hours.—The word horologe is familiar to most of our ancient writers.
2 Rooted, settled. 3 i. e. a wickered bottle ; and so the quarto reads.
Mon. Come, come, you're drunk.
[They fight. Iago. Away, I say! go out, and cry-A mutiny.
[ Aside to Rod., who goes out. Nay, good lieutenant,_alas, gentlemen,Help, ho!—Lieutenant,-sir,-Montano,-sir ;Help, masters !—Here's a goodly watch, indeed!
[Bell rings. Who's that that rings the bell ?—Diablo, ho ! The town will rise ; God's will, lieutenant! hold; You will be shamed forever.
Enter Othello and Attendants.
What is the matter here? Mon. I bleed still ; I am hurt to the death;-he dies.' Oth. Hold, for your lives. Iago. Hold, hold, lieutenant, sir, Montano,-gen
Have you forgot all sense of place and duty ?
Iago. I do not know ;-friends all but now, even now, In quarter, and in terms like bride and
1 The first quarto omits the words he dies, and has zounds! at the commencement of the line. Montano may be supposed to say he dies, i. e. he shall die. Othello, in the very next speech, says, He dies upon his motion."
2 i. e. on our station. This seems the leading signification, for the principal camp-guard of a regiment is called the quarter-guard; but a regiment in quarters has no such guard.
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Divesting them for bed; and then, but now,
Oth. How comes it, Michael, you are thus forgot ?1
What's the matter, That
your reputation thus, And spend your rich opinion, for the name Of a night brawler? Give me answer to it.
Mon. Worthy Othello, I am hurt to danger.
Now, by Heaven,
1 i. e. you have thus forgot yourself. 2 Character. 3 Care of one's self. 4 Collied is blackened, as with smut or coal; and, figuratively, means here obscured, darkened.
5 Convicted by proof.
Yet wild, the people's hearts brimful of fear,
Mon. If partially affined,” or leagued in office,
Touch me not so near.
1 The old copies read :
“In night, and on the court and guard of safety.” Malone made the necessary transposition.
2 Afined is “ bound by proximity of relationship;” but here it means “ related by nearness of office." 3 The old copy reads :
“ And Cassio following him with determined sword.”
I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio.—Cassio, I love thee; But never more be officer of mine. —
Enter DESDEMONA, attended.
What's the matter, dear?
[To Montano, who is led off. lago, 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 waked with strife:
[Exeunt all but Iago and Cassio. Iago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant ? Cas. Ay, past all surgery. lago. 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.
Iago. As I am an honest man, I thought 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
1 Malone thinks that the words “ Lead him off” were originally a marginal stage direction, as it was common to express them in imperative terms :-“ Play music.-Ring the bell.—Lead him off," &c.
2 Thrown off, dismissed in his anger.