Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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But men are men, the best sometimes forget.
205Though Cassio did some little wrong to him,
As men in rage strike those that wish them best,
Yet surely Cassio, I believe, received
From him that fled some strange indignity
Which patience could not pass.
But nobody’s perfect, and even the best man sometimes loses control and strikes out in rage. Cassio was wrong to hurt Montano, who was only trying to help him, but I’m sure the guy who ran away must have offended Cassio in some terrible way, and Cassio couldn’t let it pass.

OTHELLO

    I know, Iago,
210Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter,
Making it light to Cassio. Cassio, I love thee
But never more be officer of mine.—

OTHELLO

Iago, I know you’re fond of Cassio and are downplaying this for his benefit. Cassio, I love you, but you’re never again going to be one of my officers.—
Enter DESDEMONA, attended
DESDEMONA enters with attendants.
Look, if my gentle love be not raised up!
I’ll make thee an example.
Look, you’ve woken my wife! I’ll make you an example for the others to learn from.

DESDEMONA

215What’s the matter, dear?

DESDEMONA

What’s the matter, dear?

OTHELLO

All’s well, sweeting,
Come away to bed.—(to MONTANO) Sir, for your hurts
Myself will be your surgeon. Lead him off.

OTHELLO

Everything’s fine, now, sweetheart. Go back to bed.— (to MONTANO) I’ll see to it personally that your wounds are treated. Lead him off.
MONTANO is led off
MONTANO is carried off.
Iago, look with care about the town
220And silence those whom this vile brawl distracted.—
Come, Desdemona, ’tis the soldiers' life
To have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.
Iago, go and calm down the townspeople.—Come with me, Desdemona. Unfortunately, it’s part of the soldier’s life to be woken up by trouble.
Exeunt all but IAGO and CASSIO
Everyone except CASSIO and IAGO exits.

IAGO

What, are you hurt, lieutenant?

IAGO

Are you hurt, lieutenant?

CASSIO

Ay, past all surgery.

CASSIO

Yes, but no doctor can help me.

IAGO

225Marry, heaven forbid!

IAGO

Oh I hope that’s not true!