(in Shakespeare's Othello). Michael Cassio was a
Florentine, and Othello's lieutenant. Iago made him drunk, and then set
on Roderigo to quarrel with him. Cassio wounded Roderigo, and a brawl
ensued, which offended Othello. Othello suspended Cassio, but Iago
induced Desdemona to plead for his restoration. This interest in
Cassio, being regarded by the Moor as a confirmation of Desdemona's
illicit love, hinted at broadly by Iago, provoked the jealousy of
Othello. After the death of the Moor, Cassio was appointed governor of
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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