|ACT II SCENE II||A street.|
|Enter a Herald with a proclamation; people following.|
|Herald||It is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant|
|general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived,|
|importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet,|
|every man put himself into triumph; some to dance,|
|some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and||5|
|revels his addiction leads him: for, besides these|
|beneficial news, it is the celebration of his|
|nuptial. So much was his pleasure should be|
|proclaimed. All offices are open, and there is full|
|liberty of feasting from this present hour of five|
|till the bell have told eleven. Heaven bless the||11|
|isle of Cyprus and our noble general Othello!|
Othello, Act 2, Scene 3
Explanatory Notes for Act 2, Scene 2
From Othello. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard.
Abbreviations. — A.-S. = Anglo-Saxon: M.E. = Middle English (from the 13th to the 15th century) ; Fr. = French ; Ger. = German ; Gr. = Greek ; Cf. = compare (Lat. confer) ; Abbott refers to the excellent Shakespearean Grammar of Dr. Abbott; Schmidt, to Dr. Schmidt’s invaluable Shakespeare Lexicon.
2. Importing, relating.
3. Mere, absolute, complete.
9. Offices, serving-rooms.
11. Told, struck.
How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Othello. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard, 1892.