• Enter CASSIO and MUSICIANS

    CASSIO

    Masters, play here, I will content your pains.
    Something that’s brief, and bid “Good morrow, general.”
    They play. Enter CLOWN

    CLOWN

    Why masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that they speak i' th' nose thus?

    MUSICIAN

    How, sir? How?

    CLOWN

    5Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?

    MUSICIAN

    Ay, marry, are they, sir.

    CLOWN

    Oh, thereby hangs a tail.

    MUSICIAN

    Whereby hangs a tale, sir?

    CLOWN

    Marry sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But, masters, here’s money for you, and the general so likes your music that he desires you, for love’s sake, to make no more noise with it.

    MUSICIAN

    10Well, sir, we will not.
  • CASSIO enters with MUSICIANS.

    CASSIO

    Musicians, start playing here. I’ll pay you for your trouble. Play something short that will put the general in a good mood.
    The MUSICIANS play. The CLOWN enters.

    CLOWN

    Your instruments all have a nasal twang. Have they been to Naples?

    Naples

    Naples was considered a likely place to contract syphilis, which eats away at the bridge of the nose.

    MUSICIAN

    Excuse me?

    CLOWN

    Are these wind instruments?

    MUSICIAN

    Yes, they are.

    CLOWN

    Oh, there’s the problem.

    MUSICIAN

    What’s the problem?

    CLOWN

    Anyone full of hot air is a problem. But here’s some money. The general likes your music a lot, but he asks you to stop playing now.

    MUSICIAN

    Well, we’ll stop, then.