Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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IAGO

30If I can fasten but one cup upon him,
With that which he hath drunk tonight already,
He’ll be as full of quarrel and offense
As my young mistress' dog. Now my sick fool Roderigo,
Whom love hath turned almost the wrong side out,
35To Desdemona hath tonight caroused
Potations pottle-deep, and he’s to watch.
Three lads of Cyprus, noble swelling spirits
(That hold their honors in a wary distance,
The very elements of this warlike isle)
40Have I tonight flustered with flowing cups,
And they watch too. Now ’mongst this flock of drunkards
Am I to put our Cassio in some action
That may offend the isle.
    But here they come.
If consequence do but approve my dream
45My boat sails freely, both with wind and stream.

IAGO

If I can just get him to drink one more glass after what he’s drunk already, he’ll be as argumentative and eager to fight as a little dog. That fool Roderigo, all twisted up inside with love, has been drinking toasts to Desdemona by the gallon, and he’s on guard duty.I’ve gotten the rest of the guards drunk, as well as several gentlemen from Cyprus who are quick to take offense. Now I’ll get Cassio to do something in front of all these drunkards that will offend everyone on the island. Here they come. If the future turns out as I hope it will, I’m all set for success.
Enter CASSIO, MONTANO and gentlemen
CASSIO, MONTANO, and GENTLEMEN enter, followed by servants with wine.

CASSIO

'Fore heaven, they have given me a rouse already.

CASSIO

My God, they’ve given me a lot to drink.

MONTANO

Good faith, a little one, not past a pint, As I am a soldier.

MONTANO

No, it was a little one, not more than a pint.

IAGO

    Some wine, ho!
(sings)
 And let me the cannikin clink, clink,
50  And let me the cannikin clink.
 A soldier’s a man,
 A life’s but a span,
 Why then let a soldier drink.
 Some wine, boys!

IAGO

Bring in more wine!
(he sings)
 And clink your glasses together,
 And clink your glasses together.
 A soldier’s a man,
 And a man’s life is short,
 So let the soldier drink.
 Have some more wine, boys!