Puslapio vaizdai

P. 598.-497.-461.

Cas. Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling winds,
The gutter'd rocks, and congregated sands,―
Traitors ensteep'd to clog the guiltless keel,

As having sense of beauty, do omit

Their mortal natures.

I confess I do not understand the meaning of ensteep'd here.


P. 604-503.-468.

if such tricks as these strip you out of your lieutenantry, it had been better you had not kiss'd your three fingers so oft, which now again you are most apt to play the sir in. Very good; well kiss'd; an excellent courtesy! 'tis so indeed.

I think Mr. Malone is right.

P. 604. 503.-469.

Des. Let's meet him, and receive him.

Cas. Lo, where he comes!

Enter Othello and Attendants.

Oth. O my fair warrior.

I believe, notwithstanding Mr. Steevens's quotation, that Othello calls his wife a warrior, because she had embarked with him on a warlike expedition.


P. 604-503.-470.

If it were now to die, 'Twere now to be most happy.

It is remarkable that in the passage quoted from Terence by Mr. Malone as a parallel to this, interfeci is printed for interfici in every one of these three editions Theobald reads, if I were now to die, which is easier than the other reading, it; if, however, we continue to read it, the passage is sufficiently intelligible; it seems to me a Latinism; si jam moriendum fuerit. Si moriendum est pro te.-Q. Curt.


P. 605.-504.-470.

O, you are well tun'd now!

But I'll set down the pegs that make this musick,

As honest as I am.

I would read let down, with Mr. Pope and the modern editors.

P. 610.-508.-476.

Iago. If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash
For his quick hunting, stand the putting on,
I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip.

I doubt what is the true reading and explanation of this line. I incline to think that there is a corruption.


P. 623.-520.-492.

What, in a town of war,
Yet wild, the people's hearts brimfull of fear,
To manage private and domestick quarrel,

In night, and on the court and guard of safety!
"Tis monstrous.

I approve of Mr. Malone's transposition, and would read with him, on the court of guard and safety. It is observable that Theobald has made the same transposition, and given his reason for it in a note.

[blocks in formation]

Montano, and myself, being in speech,

There's come a fellow, crying out for help;

And Cassio following him, with determin'd sword,

To execute upon him.

I think Malone is right.

P. 625.-522.-195.

Oth. Sir, for your hurts,

Myself will be your surgeon: lead him off.

[To Montano, who is led off.

I incline to think that Malone is right.

P. 638.-534.-512.

Oth. Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul,
But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
Chaos is come again.

I think Mr. Malone is clearly right.


P. 641.-537.-516.

Men should be what they seem;

Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none.

I think Dr. Johnson has explained this rightly.

P. 644.-540.-520.

Iago. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy ;

It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

I would adopt Sir Thomas Hanmer's emendation, make, which, I think, is very ably supported by Malone.


P. 647-544.-526.

'Tis not to make me jealous,
To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well';
Where virtue is, these are more virtuous.

This, I confess, notwithstanding the explanations, I do not understand: more virtuous than what? I therefore wish to read with the ignorant editor of the second folio, and the modern editors, most virtuous.


P. 650.-546-529.

Should you do so, my lord,

My speech should fall into such vile success,
As my thoughts aim not at.

Mr. Steevens is right.

P. 653.-550.-534.

Oth. "Tis destiny unshunnable, like death;
Even then this forked plague is fated to us,
When we do quicken.

I agree with Mr. Malone, that Dr. Percy's explanation of forked plague, is the true one.


P. 663.-559-545.

Oth. I'll have some proof: her name, that was as fresh
As Dian's visage, is now begrim'd and black

As mine own face.

agree with Mr. Steevens.


P. 664.-561.--549.

Nay, this was but his dream.

Oth. But this denoted a foregone conclusion;
'Tis a shrewd doubt; tho' it be but a dream.

I agree with Dr. Johnson.

P. 668.-564.--553.

Iago. Witness, that here Iago doth give up
The execution of his wit, hands, heart,
To wrong'd Othello's service; let him command
And to obey shall be in me remorse,
What bloody work soever.

Notwithstanding all that is said against it, I incline to adopt Theobald's reading, nor.


P. 673.-569-558.

You may, indeed, say so;

For 'twas that hand that gave away my heart.
Oth. A liberal hand: the hearts, of old, gave hands;
But our new heraldry is—hands, not hearts.

I am not quite convinced that no satirical allusion to the order of baronets was intended in this place.

P. 677-574.-565.

Emil. 'Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
They eat us hungerly, and when they are full,
They belch us.

Mr. Steevens is clearly right.

P. 680.-577-569.

Des. Men's natures wrangle with inferior things,
Though great ones are their object. 'Tis even so;
For let our finger ach, and it indues

Our other healthful members ev'n to that sense
Of pain.

Some correction appears to me necessary. We should either read subdues with Dr. Johnson, or adopt Theobald's reading—

and it indues

Our other healthful members with a sense

Of pain.

I incline to prefer Dr. Johnson's emendation.

P. 683.-580.-572.

Cas. "Tis but a little way, that I can bring you,
For I attend here; but I'll see you soon.

Bian. 'Tis very good; I must be circumstanc'd.

I incline to Mr. M. Mason's explanation of I must be circumstanc'd.


P. 685.-582.-575.

As knaves be such abroad,

Who having by their own importunate suit,
Or voluntary dotage of some mistress,
Convinced or supplied them, cannot choose
But they must blab.

I believe supplied is right.

B b

« AnkstesnisTęsti »