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DUKE
    'Tis certain then for Cyprus.
Marcus Luccicos, is not he in town?
DUKE
Then it’s certain they’re heading for Cyprus. Is Marcus Luccicos in town?

FIRST SENATOR
He’s now in Florence.
FIRST SENATOR
No, he’s in Florence.

DUKE
Write from us to him. Post-post-haste, dispatch.
DUKE
Write to him immediately. Hurry.

FIRST SENATOR
Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor.
FIRST SENATOR
Here come Brabantio and the brave Moor.
Enter BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, CASSIO, IAGO, RODERIGO, and officers
BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, CASSIO, IAGO, RODERIGO and the officers enter.

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DUKE
Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you
Against the general enemy Ottoman—
(to BRABANTIO) I did not see you. Welcome, gentle signior.
We lacked your counsel and your help tonight.
DUKE
Brave Othello, I have to send you right away to fight the Turks, our great enemy.—(to BRABANTIO) Oh, I didn’t see you there. Welcome, sir. I could have used your wisdom and help tonight.


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BRABANTIO
So did I yours. Good your grace, pardon me.
Neither my place nor aught I heard of business
Hath raised me from my bed, nor doth the general care
Take hold on me, for my particular grief
Is of so flood-gate and o'erbearing nature
That it engluts and swallows other sorrows
And it is still itself.
BRABANTIO
I could have used yours as well. Forgive me, your grace. I didn’t get out of bed and come here in the dead of night because I heard about the war or because I was worried about the city’s defense. I have a personal problem so painful and gut-wrenching that it overwhelms everything else.

DUKE
Why, what’s the matter?
DUKE
Why, what’s the matter?

BRABANTIO
My daughter! Oh, my daughter!
BRABANTIO
It’s my daughter! Oh, my daughter!

ALL
    Dead?
FIRST SENATOR
Is she dead?



BRABANTIO
      Ay, to me.
She is abused, stol'n from me, and corrupted
By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks.
BRABANTIO
She’s dead to me. She’s been tricked and stolen from me, enchanted by black magic spells. She must’ve