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 Cassib’elan.Cassiope’ia [the lady in the chair]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cassio (in Shakespeare’s Othello).
 
Michael Cassio was a Florentine, and Othello’s lieutenant. Iago made him drunk, and then set on Roderi’go to quarrel with him. Cassio wounded Roderigo, and a brawl ensued, which offended Othello. Othello suspended Cassio, but Iago induced Desdemo’na 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 Cyprus.   1
 


 Cassib’elan.Cassiope’ia [the lady in the chair]. 

 
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