Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter CASSIO and MUSICIANS
CASSIO enters with MUSICIANS.

CASSIO

Masters, play here, I will content your pains.
Something that’s brief, and bid “Good morrow, general.”

CASSIO

Musicians, start playing here. I’ll pay you for your trouble. Play something short that will put the general in a good mood.
They play. Enter CLOWN
The MUSICIANS play. The CLOWN enters.

CLOWN

Why masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that they speak i' th' nose thus?

CLOWN

MUSICIAN

How, sir? How?

MUSICIAN

Excuse me?

CLOWN

5Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?

CLOWN

Are these wind instruments?

MUSICIAN

Ay, marry, are they, sir.

MUSICIAN

Yes, they are.

CLOWN

Oh, thereby hangs a tail.

CLOWN

Oh, there’s the problem.

MUSICIAN

Whereby hangs a tale, sir?

MUSICIAN

What’s the problem?

CLOWN

Marry sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. 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.

CLOWN

Anyone full of hot air is a problem. But here’s some money. The general likes your music a lot, but he asks you to stop playing now.

MUSICIAN

10Well, sir, we will not.

MUSICIAN

Well, we’ll stop, then.