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ACT I
Scene I. [Venice. A street.]


20
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine
(A fellow almost damned in a fair wife),
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
25
More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he. Mere prattle, without practice,
Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had th' election;
And I(of whom his eyes had seen the proof
30
At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds
Christian and heathen) must be be-leed and calmed
By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster.
He (in good timel ) must his lieutenant be,
And I(God bless the mark!) his Moorship's ancient.
35
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his hang
man.
Iago. Why, there's no remedy; 'tis the curse of service.
Preferment goes by letter and affection,
And not by old gradation, where each second
40
Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be judge yourself,
Whether I in any just term am affined
To love the Moor.
Rod. I would not follow him then.
Iago. O, sir, content you.
45
I follow him to serve my turn upon him.
We cannot all be masters, nor all masters
Cannot be truly followed. You shall mark
Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave
That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,
50
Wears out his time, much like his master's ass,
For naught but provender; and when he's old, cashiered.

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20. arithmetician: a student of tactics as revealed in military books, which were filled with arithmetical tables of organization.
22. almost damned in a fair wife: it is uncertain whether Shakespeare originally intended for Cassio to be married and forgot to delete this passage when he developed his plot otherwise, or whether this is a reference to Bianca's unsuccessful matrimonial pursuit of him. "Damned in a fair wife" reflects a proverbial attitude that a handsome wife was a source of trouble for her husband.
25-7. unless the bookish theoric,/ Wherein the toged consuls can propose/ As masterly: except in book theory, in which the statesmen of Venice are as adept. The toga (robe of state) symbolized peace.
28. had th' election: was chosen29. of whom his eyes had seen the proof : whoseability he had witnessed
31. be-Iced and calmed: "stopped in my course"
32. debitor and creditor: a man who keeps accounts, a contemptuous reference to Cassio's familiarity with books rather than experience;counter­caster: another term for "accountant"
33. in good time: a fine piece of luck for me
34. ancient: ensign
38, letter and affection: influence and personal liking
39. gradation: seniority
41. affined: bound by any ties
47. shall mark: must notice

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