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Duke of Venice.
Brabantio, a senator.
Two other Senators.
Gratiano, brother to Brabantio.
Lodovico, kinsman to Brabantio.
Othello, the Moor:
Cassio, his lieutenant;
Iago, his ancient.
Roderigo, a Venetian gentleman.
Montano, Othello's predecessor in the government
Clown, servant to Othello.
Desdemona, daughter to Brabantio, and wife to
Emilia, wife to Iago.
Bianca, a courtezan, mistress to Cassio.
Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicians, Sailors, Attendants, &c.
Scene, for the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the play, at a sea-port in Cyprus.
THE MOOR OF VENICE.
SCENE I. Venice. A street.
Enter Roderigo and Iago.
TUSH, never tell me, I take it much unkindly,
If ever I did dream of such a matter,
Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in thy hate.
Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city,
In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,
Evades them, with a bombast circumstance*,
Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;
My mediators; for, certest, says he,
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
More than a spinster; unless the bookish theorický,
As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice,
And I, (God bless the mark!) his Moorship's ancient.
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman.
Iago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse of ser
Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
Not by the old gradation, where each second
To love the Moor.
For wife some read life, supposing it to allude to the denunciation in the. Gospel, woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you.
Rulers of the state.
It was anciently the practice to reckon up sums
I would not follow him then.
Iago. O, sir, content you;
Whip me such honest knaves: Others there are,
Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul;
And such a one do I profess myself.
It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:
In following him, I follow but myself;
Call up her father,
Iago. Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight, Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen, And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Plague him with flies: though that his joy be joy,
Outward show of civility.
† Own, possess.