Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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IAGO

90'Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep.
He’ll watch the horologe a double set
If drink rock not his cradle.

IAGO

He drinks like this every night before he goes to sleep. He’d stay up all night and all day if he didn’t drink himself to sleep.

MONTANO

    It were well
The general were put in mind of it.
Perhaps he sees it not, or his good nature
95Prizes the virtue that appears in Cassio
And looks not on his evils. Is not this true?

MONTANO

The general should be informed about this. Maybe he’s never noticed, or he only wants to see Cassio’s good side. Don’t you think so?
Enter RODERIGO
RODERIGO enters.

IAGO

(aside) How now, Roderigo?
I pray you, after the lieutenant, go!

IAGO

(speaking so that only RODERIGO can hear) Hello, Roderigo. Please, follow the lieutenant. Hurry! Go!
Exit RODERIGO
RODERIGO exits.

MONTANO

And ’tis great pity that the noble Moor
100Should hazard such a place as his own second
With one of an ingraft infirmity.
It were an honest action to say
So to the Moor.

MONTANO

And it’s too bad that the Moor chose a man with such a deep-rooted drinking problem as his second-in-command. We should definitely say something to the Moor.

IAGO

    Not I, for this fair island.
I do love Cassio well, and would do much
105To cure him of this evil—

IAGO

I wouldn’t say anything, not if you gave me the whole island for doing so. I respect Cassio and I’d like to help cure his alcoholism—
Cry within “Help! help!”
A voice offstage calls “Help! Help!”

IAGO

But, hark! What noise?

IAGO

What’s that noise?
Enter CASSIO, pursuing RODERIGO
CASSIO enters, chasing RODERIGO.