Othello

by: William Shakespeare

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CLOWN

If you have any music that may not be heard, to ’t again. But, as they say, to hear music the general does not greatly care.

CLOWN

If you’ve got any music that can’t be heard, then play that. But as I said, the general isn’t really in the mood to hear music now.

MUSICIAN

We have none such, sir.

MUSICIAN

We don’t have any music that can’t be heard.

CLOWN

Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I’ll away. Go, vanish into air, away!

CLOWN

Then pack up your instruments and go away. Go!
Exeunt MUSICIANS
The MUSICIANS exit.

CASSIO

Dost thou hear, my honest friend?

CASSIO

Do you hear, my friend?

CLOWN

15No, I hear not your honest friend, I hear you.

CLOWN

No, I don’t hear your friend. I hear you.

CASSIO

Prithee, keep up thy quillets. There’s a poor piece 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?

CASSIO

Please don’t play games. (CASSIO gives CLOWN money). There’s a bit of gold for you. When the woman taking care of the general’s wife wakes up, could you please tell her that Cassio asks to speak with her?

CLOWN

She is stirring, sir. If she will stir hither, I shall seem to notify unto her.

CLOWN

She’s awake, sir. If she feels like coming over here, I’ll give her your message.
Exit CLOWN
The CLOWN exits.
Enter IAGO
IAGO enters.
    In happy time, Iago.
Good to see you, Iago.

IAGO

You have not been abed, then?

IAGO

You didn’t go to sleep, then?

CASSIO

    Why, no. The day had broke
Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
20To send in to your wife. My suit to her
Is that she will to virtuous Desdemona
Procure me some access.

CASSIO

No. When I left you it was already morning. I’ve been bold, Iago. I’ve asked to talk to your wife. I’m going to ask her to let me talk to Desdemona.