Othello Act 2 Study Guide

Describe how Cassio acts when he lands at Cyprus, especially when Desdemona comes ashore.

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Cassio and the others already in Cyprus spot a ship coming forth; but Iago, Desdemona, and Emilia are on it, not Othello. Cassio greets them all, especially praising Desdemona. Just as every character has their own manner of speech and expression, Cassio has a very polished, courtly way of speaking, especially of ladies. He describes Desdemona as one who "excels the quirks of blazoning pens"; he calls her "divine Desdemona," but at the same time, wishes Othello much joy.