Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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CASSIO

Indeed she’s a most fresh and delicate creature.

CASSIO

Yes, she’s young and tender.

IAGO

What an eye she has! Methinks it sounds a parley to provocation.

IAGO

And such pretty eyes! Like an invitation.

CASSIO

An inviting eye, and yet methinks right modest.

CASSIO

Yes, she’s pretty. But she’s modest and ladylike too.

IAGO

20And when she speaks, is it not an alarum to love?

IAGO

And when she speaks, doesn’t her voice stir up passion?

CASSIO

She is indeed perfection.

CASSIO

She’s a perfect woman, it’s true.

IAGO

Well, happiness to their sheets! Come, lieutenant, I have a stoup of wine, and here without are a brace of Cyprus gallants that would fain have a measure to the health of black Othello.

IAGO

Well, good luck to them tonight in bed! Come with us, lieutenant. I’ve got a jug of wine, and these two Cyprus gentlemen want to drink a toast to the black Othello.

CASSIO

Not tonight, good Iago. I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.

CASSIO

Not tonight, Iago. I’m not much of a drinker. I wish there was less social pressure to drink.

IAGO

Oh, they are our friends. But one cup. I’ll drink for you.

IAGO

Oh, but these are our friends. Just one glass. I’ll do most of the drinking for you.

CASSIO

25I have drunk but one cup tonight, and that was craftily qualified too, and behold what innovation it makes here. I am unfortunate in the infirmity, and dare not task my weakness with any more.

CASSIO

I’ve already had a glass of wine tonight, watered down, but look how drunk I am. I’m not a heavy drinker. I wouldn’t dare drink much more than that.

IAGO

What, man, ’tis a night of revels! The gallants desire it.

IAGO

What are you talking about, man? Tonight is for celebrating! The gentlemen are waiting.

CASSIO

Where are they?

CASSIO

Where are they?

IAGO

Here at the door. I pray you call them in.

IAGO

By the door. Please invite them in.

CASSIO

I’ll do ’t, but it dislikes me.

CASSIO

I’ll do it, but I don’t like it.
Exit
CASSIO exits.