Enter CASSIO and some MusiciansCASSIO
Masters, play here; I will content your pains;Clown
Something that′s brief; and bid ′Good morrow, general.′
Why masters, have your instruments been in Naples,First Musician
that they speak i′ the nose thus?
How, sir, how!Clown
Are these, I pray you, wind-instruments?First Musician
Ay, marry, are they, sir.Clown
O, thereby hangs a tail.First Musician
Whereby hangs a tale, sir?Clown
Marry. sir, by many a wind-instrument that I know.First Musician
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.
Well, sir, we will not.Clown
If you have any music that may not be heard, to′tFirst Musician
again: but, as they say to hear music the general
does not greatly care.
We have none such, sir.Clown
Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I′ll away:CASSIO
go; vanish into air; away!
Dost thou hear, my honest friend?Clown
No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you.CASSIO
Prithee, keep up thy quillets. There′s a poor pieceClown
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?
She is stirring, sir: if she will stir hither, ICASSIO
shall seem to notify unto her.
Do, good my friend.IAGO
Enter IAGOIn happy time, Iago.
You have not been a-bed, then?CASSIO
Why, no; the day had brokeIAGO
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.
I′ll send her to you presently;CASSIO
And I′ll devise a mean to draw the Moor
Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free.
I humbly thank you for′t.EMILIA
Exit IAGOI never knew
A Florentine more kind and honest.
Good morrow, good Lieutenant: I am sorryCASSIO
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.
Yet, I beseech you,EMILIA
If you think fit, or that it may be done,
Give me advantage of some brief discourse
With Desdemona alone.
Pray you, come in;CASSIO
I will bestow you where you shall have time
To speak your bosom freely.
I am much bound to you.
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