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Act 1, Scene 1
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Scene 1
Enter Roderigo and Iago.

Tush, never tell me! I take it much unkindly
That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.

'Sblood, but you'll not hear me!
If ever I did dream of such a matter, [5]
Abhor me.

Thou toldst me thou didst hold him in thy hate.

Despise me
If I do not. Three great ones of the city,
In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, [10]
Off-capped to him; and, by the faith of man,
I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.
But he, as loving his own pride and purposes,
Evades them with a bombast circumstance,
Horribly stuffed with epithets of war, [15]
And in conclusion,
Nonsuits my mediators. For "Certes," says he,
"I have already chose my officer."
And what was he?
Forsooth, a great arithmetician, [20]
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
A fellow almost damned in a fair wife,

Painting of Grand Canal, Looking East from the Campo San Vio (1723-24) by Canaletto




Grand Canal, Looking East from the Campo San Vio (1723-24), by Canaletto.
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE; note the Venetians, including two males in conversation, in foreground.
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