Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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IAGO

I’ll send her to you presently,
And I’ll devise a mean to draw the Moor
25Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free.

IAGO

I’ll send her out to you now. I’ll think of a plan to get the Moor out of the way, so you can speak more openly.

CASSIO

I humbly thank you for’t.

CASSIO

I humbly thank you.
Exit IAGO
IAGO exits.
I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest.
Enter EMILIA
EMILIA enters.

EMILIA

Good morrow, good Lieutenant. I am sorry
30For 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
35He 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.

EMILIA

Good morning, lieutenant. I’m sorry about what happened, but I’m sure everything will turn out all right. The general and his wife are talking about it now, and she’s defending you strongly. The Moor says the man you hurt is very important in Cyprus, and that under the circumstances he has no choice but to refuse to reinstate you. But he says he still loves and respects you, and based on his own feelings alone he’s looking for an opportunity to safely take you back.

CASSIO

    Yet I beseech you,
If you think fit, or that it may be done,
40Give me advantage of some brief discourse
With Desdemona alone.

CASSIO

Please find a way to give me some time alone with Desdemona, if you think that’s all right.

EMILIA

    Pray you come in.
I will bestow you where you shall have time
To speak your bosom freely.

EMILIA

Please come in. I’ll take you to a place where you can speak freely.

CASSIO

    I am much bound to you.

CASSIO

Thank you very much.
Exeunt
They exit.