Timon of Athens

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter a Senator
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before


And late five thousand. To Varro and to Isidore

He owes nine thousand, besides my former sum,

Which makes it five and twenty. Still in motion
motion (n.) 2 emotion, inclination, desire, impulse

Of raging waste? It cannot hold, it will not.
hold (v.) 3 stand firm, continue, carry on
raging (adj.) 2 mad, rash, crazy
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold.

If I would sell my horse and buy twenty more

Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon,

Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me straight,
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And able horses. No porter at his gate,

But rather one that smiles and still invites
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

All that pass by. It cannot hold. No reason
reason (n.) 3 reasonable view, sensible judgement, right opinion
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

Can sound his state in safety. Caphis, ho!
sound (v.) 1 sound out, question, examine

Caphis, I say!

Enter Caphis
pleasure (n.) 1 wish, desire, will


                         Here, sir. What is your pleasure?


Get on your cloak, and haste you to Lord Timon.

Importune him for my moneys. Be not ceased
cease (v.) 1 put off, defer, appease
importune (v.) 1 urge, press

With slight denial, nor then silenced when
slight (adj.) 4 offhand, dismissive, contemptuous

‘ Commend me to your master ’ and the cap
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

Plays in the right hand, thus. But tell him

My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn
cry (v.) 1 speak loudly, shout out, proclaim
serve one's turn meet one's need, answer one's requirements
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
use (n.) 3 need, requirement

Out of mine own. His days and times are past,

And my reliances on his fracted dates
date (n.) 4 due date, agreed day [for the end of a contract]

Have smit my credit. I love and honour him,
smite (v.), past forms smote, smit 2 injure, harm, do damage to

But must not break my back to heal his finger.

Immediate are my needs, and my relief

Must not be tossed and turned to me in words,

But find supply immediate. Get you gone.

Put on a most importunate aspect,
aspect (n.) 1 [of a human face] look, appearance, expression
importunate (adj.) persistent, pressing, insistent

A visage of demand. For I do fear,
visage (n.) 1 face, countenance See Topics: Frequency count

When every feather sticks in his own wing,
stick (v.) 1 be placed, be fixed

Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
gull (n.) 3 unfledged bird
naked (adj.) 1 defenceless, undefended, unarmed

Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.
flash (v.) 2 make a display, show off, shine out [as]


I go, sir.


I go, sir? Take the bonds along with you,

And have the dates in. Come.

He gives the bonds to Caphis


                         I will, sir.




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