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Montano, governor of Cyprus prior to OthelloWhen the duke of Venice is make the efforts to figure out just where the Turkish fleet is headed, a messenger comes in v the news that it is headed towards Cyprus. The messenger tells the battle each other that "Signior Montano, / your trusty and also most valiant servitor, / v his cost-free duty proposal girlfriend thus, / and also prays girlfriend to think him" (1.3.39-42). "Servitor" is just an additional word because that "servant," yet it"s assumed that the Duke"s servant in Cyprus must be the governor of Cyprus. Later on in the step the fight it out tells Othello the he must go come Cyprus, even though the Duke already has "there a instead of of most allowed sufficiency" (1.3.223-224). The "substitute" to whom the duke refers is most likely Montano."What native the cape can you discern at sea?" (2.1.1), Montano asks a gentleman the Cyprus as they room awaiting the arrival of the Venetian fleet. Once he is informed that that is Othello who is comes to be branch of the island, that says, "I to be glad on"t; "tis a worthy governor" (2.1.30). As part of his setup to gain Cassio fired, Iago persuades him come drink with some gentlemen the Cyprus. Against his much better judgment, Cassio agrees, and also goes out to satisfy the gentlemen. A few moments later he returns through the gentlemen, one of whom is Montano. Cassio announces that they have already given the a drink, and also Montano jests, "Good faith, a tiny one; not past a pint, together I to be a soldier" (2.3.66-67). Cassio and the rest then drink some more, and Cassio gets fairly drunk, as Iago has planned. (Montano is no a party come Iago"s plan.) Then as soon as Cassio starts off for security duty, Iago sends out Roderigo after ~ him, come provoke him. On the other hand Iago tells Montano the Cassio is a habitual drunk, and also pretty quickly Roderigo comes running in, chased by the upset Cassio. Montano tries come intervene, yet when he speak Cassio that he"s drunk, Cassio transforms on him. In a swordfight, Cassio wounds Montano, and then Othello enters and stops the fight. Make the efforts to discover out what happened, Othello addresses Montano: "Worthy Montano, you to be wont it is in civil; / The gravity and stillness of your youth / The world hath noted, and your name is an excellent / In mouths the wisest censure" (2.3.190-193). Othello"s suggest is that Montano is the last human being he would intend to be associated in a street brawl. Montano answers the he walk nothing wrong, unless self-defense is wrong. After Othello fires Cassio, he states to Montano, "Sir, for your hurts, / Myself will be her surgeon" (2.3.253-254). Othello isn"t a doctor ("surgeon"); he method that that personally will make sure that Montano is well cared for. After Othello kills Desdemona and also tries come justify self to Emilia, she calls out for help. Montano, Gratiano, Iago and some others answer the call. As they come in Montano asks "What is the matter? just how now, general!" (5.2.168). After the Montano is an onlooker till Othello assaults Iago. Montano wrests Othello"s sword from him. In the commotion Iago stabs his wife and runs away. At this point Montano takes fee of the situation. He offers Gratiano the knife he has taken indigenous Othello and also instructs Gratiano come guard the door native the outside, making sure that Othello doesn"t escape. Montano and the remainder of the men then leaving to chase down Iago. A tiny later Montano returns through Cassio, Lodovico, and also Iago, who has been bring away prisoner.