Timon of Athens


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Act I
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Act IV
Act V
Enter Flavius, Timon's steward, with many bills in

his hand


FLAVIUS

No care, no stop, so senseless of expense
senseless (adj.) 2 unconscious, insensible, oblivious

That he will neither know how to maintain it,
know (v.) 4 find out, ascertain, learn [from]

Nor cease his flow of riot. Takes no account
riot (n.) 1 dissipation, wasteful revelry, extravagance

How things go from him, nor resumes no care
resume (v.) undertake, take, accept

Of what is to continue. Never mind
continue (v.) 3 happen later, follow after

Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.

What shall be done? He will not hear till feel.

I must be round with him. Now he comes from hunting.
round (adj.) 1 blunt, forthright, straight, plain-spoken

Fie, fie, fie, fie!

Enter Caphis, with the Servants of Isidore and Varro


CAPHIS

Good even, Varro. What, you come for money?


VARRO'S SERVANT

Is't not your business too?


CAPHIS

It is. And yours too, Isidore?


ISIDORE'S SERVANT

It is so.


CAPHIS

Would we were all discharged!
discharge (v.) 8 pay, reimburse, settle with


VARRO'S SERVANT

I fear it.
fear (v.) 2 fear for, worry about, be anxious about


CAPHIS

Here comes the lord.

Enter Timon and his train, with Alcibiades
forth (adv.) 1 away from home, out


TIMON

So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again,

My Alcibiades. (To Caphis) With me? What is your will?


CAPHIS

My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
due (n.) 3 debt, liability, amount owing
note (n.) 10 bill, invoice, account


TIMON

Dues? Whence are you?


CAPHIS

                         Of Athens here, my lord.


TIMON

Go to my steward.


CAPHIS

Please it your lordship, he hath put me off

To the succession of new days this month.

My master is awaked by great occasion
awake (v.) arouse, prompt, force into action
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement

To call upon his own, and humbly prays you
call on / upon (v.) 2 make a call on, claim repayment of

That with your other noble parts you'll suit
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
suit (v.) 3 act in accordance with, conform to

In giving him his right.


TIMON

                         Mine honest friend,

I prithee but repair to me next morning.
next morning tomorrow morning
repair (v.) 1 come, go, make one's way


CAPHIS

Nay, good my lord –


TIMON

                         Contain thyself, good friend.


VARRO'S SERVANT

One Varro's servant, my good lord –


ISIDORE'S SERVANT

From Isidore. He humbly prays

your speedy payment.


CAPHIS

If you did know, my lord, my master's wants –
want (n.) 3 need, requirement, necessity


VARRO'S SERVANT

'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord,
forfeiture (n.) forfeit, penalty

six weeks and past.


ISIDORE'S SERVANT

Your steward puts me off, my lord, and I

Am sent expressly to your lordship.


TIMON

Give me breath.

I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on.
keep on (v.) go ahead, go on, carry on

I'll wait upon you instantly.

Exeunt Alcibiades and Lords
wait on / upon (v.) 1 accompany, attend

                         (To Flavius) Come hither. Pray you,

How goes the world that I am thus encountered
encounter (v.) 4 confront, assail, attack

With clamorous demands of broken bonds,

And the detention of long-since-due debts
detention (n.) failure to pay, withholding payment

Against my honour?


FLAVIUS

(to Caphis and the other Servants)

                         Please you, gentlemen,

The time is unagreeable to this business.
time (n.) 7 circumstance, particular occasion
unagreeable (adj.) disagreeable, unsuited, uncongenial

Your importunacy cease till after dinner,
importunacy (n.) importunity, urgent solicitation, pressing entreaty

That I may make his lordship understand

Wherefore you are not paid.


TIMON

                         Do so, my friends.

See them well entertained.
entertain (v.) 2 welcome, receive kindly, treat well, show hospitality to

Exit


FLAVIUS

                         Pray draw near.

Exit

Enter Apemantus and the Fool


CAPHIS

Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Apemantus.

Let's ha' some sport with 'em.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


VARRO'S SERVANT

Hang him, he'll abuse us!
abuse (v.) 5 malign, revile, scorn


ISIDORE'S SERVANT

A plague upon him, dog!


VARRO'S SERVANT

How dost, fool?


APEMANTUS

Dost dialogue with thy shadow?
dialogue (v.) 1 carry on a dialogue, hold a conversation
shadow (n.) 2 reflection, reflected image


VARRO'S SERVANT

I speak not to thee.


APEMANTUS

No,'tis to thyself. (To the Fool) Come away.


ISIDORE'S SERVANT

(to Varro's Servant) There's the

fool hangs on your back already.


APEMANTUS

No, thou standest single, th' art not on him

yet.


CAPHIS

Where's the fool now?


APEMANTUS

He last asked the question. Poor rogues and

usurers' men, bawds between gold and want!
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count


ALL THE SERVANTS

What are we, Apemantus?


APEMANTUS

Asses.


ALL THE SERVANTS

Why?


APEMANTUS

That you ask me what you are, and do not

know yourselves. Speak to 'em, fool.


FOOL

How do you, gentlemen?


ALL THE SERVANTS

Gramercies, good fool. How does
gramercy, gramercies (int.) great thanks See Topics: Politeness

your mistress?


FOOL

She's e'en setting on water to scald such chickens as
even, e'en (adv.) 2 just [now]
set on (v.) 3 place on the fire

you are. Would we could see you at Corinth!


APEMANTUS

Good, gramercy.
good (n.) 2 good fellow

Enter Page


FOOL

Look you, here comes my mistress' page.


PAGE

(to the Fool)

Why, how now, captain? What do

you in this wise company? How dost thou, Apemantus?


APEMANTUS

Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I
rod (n.) 2 cane, stick

might answer thee profitably.


PAGE

Prithee, Apemantus, read me the superscription of
superscription (n.) address, direction [on a letter]

these letters. I know not which is which.


APEMANTUS

Canst not read?


PAGE

No.


APEMANTUS

There will little learning die then, that

day thou art hanged. This is to Lord Timon; this to

Alcibiades. Go, thou wast born a bastard, and thou'lt

die a bawd.
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count


PAGE

Thou wast whelped a dog, and thou shalt famish a

dog's death. Answer not, I am gone.

Exit


APEMANTUS

E'en so. Thou outrunnest grace. Fool, I
grace (n.) 8 means of salvation, divine favour

will go with you to Lord Timon's.


FOOL

Will you leave me there?


APEMANTUS

If Timon stay at home. – You three serve

three usurers?


ALL THE SERVANTS

Ay. Would they served us!


APEMANTUS

So would I – as good a trick as ever hangman

served thief.


FOOL

Are you three usurers' men?


ALL THE SERVANTS

Ay, fool.


FOOL

I think no usurer but has a fool to his servant. My

mistress is one, and I am her fool. When men come to

borrow of your masters, they approach sadly and go

away merry. But they enter my mistress' house merrily

and go away sadly. The reason of this?


VARRO'S SERVANT

I could render one.


APEMANTUS

Do it then, that we may account thee a

whoremaster and a knave; which notwithstanding, thou
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
whoremaster (n.) fornicator, lecher, one who deals with whores

shalt be no less esteemed.


VARRO'S SERVANT

What is a whoremaster, fool?


FOOL

A fool in good clothes, and something like thee.

'Tis a spirit. Sometime 't appears like a lord, sometime
sometime (adv.) 2 sometimes, now and then

like a lawyer, sometime like a philosopher, with two
philosopher (n.) one learned in natural philosophy, sage

stones more than's artificial one. He is very often like a
stone (n.) 4 testicle

knight. And, generally, in all shapes that man goes up

and down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this spirit

walks in.


VARRO'S SERVANT

Thou art not altogether a fool.


FOOL

Nor thou altogether a wise man. As much foolery

as I have, so much wit thou lackest.
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


APEMANTUS

That answer might have become
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

Apemantus.


ALL THE SERVANTS

Aside, aside! Here comes Lord

Timon.

Enter Timon and Flavius


APEMANTUS

Come with me, fool, come.


FOOL

I do not always follow lover, elder brother, and

woman; sometime the philosopher.

Exeunt Apemantus and Fool


FLAVIUS

Pray you, walk near. I'll speak with you anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
near (adv.) 3 a short distance away

Exeunt Servants


TIMON

You make me marvel wherefore ere this time

Had you not fully laid my state before me,
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

That I might so have rated my expense
rate (v.) 2 reckon, estimate, appraise

As I had leave of means.
leave (n.) 1 permitting, allowance, availability


FLAVIUS

                         You would not hear me.

At many leisures I proposed –
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time


TIMON

                         Go to.

Perchance some single vantages you took
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count
single (adj.) 1 individual, particular
vantage (n.) 1 right moment, suitable opportunity

When my indisposition put you back,
indisposition (n.) unwillingness, reluctance, disinclination
put back (v.) repulse, reject, refuse

And that unaptness made your minister
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant
unaptness (n.) inaptitude, unreadiness, unwillingness

Thus to excuse yourself.


FLAVIUS

                         O my good lord,

At many times I brought in my accounts,
account, accompt (n.) 2 reckoning, debt, sum owing

Laid them before you. You would throw them off,
throw off (v.) brush away, discard, set aside

And say you found them in mine honesty.

When for some trifling present you have bid me

Return so much, I have shook my head and wept;
return (v.) 2 send back, respond with

Yea, 'gainst th' authority of manners prayed you
authority (n.) 1 right to command, position of power

To hold your hand more close. I did endure
close (adv.) 4 tightly, close-fistedly, stintingly

Not seldom, nor no slight checks, when I have
check (n.) 1 reprimand, reproof, rebuke
seldom (adj.) rare, infrequent, uncommon

Prompted you in the ebb of your estate
prompt (v.) remind, put in mind, make reflect

And your great flow of debts. My loved lord –

Though you hear now too late, yet now's a time –

The greatest of your having lacks a half

To pay your present debts.


TIMON

                         Let all my land be sold.


FLAVIUS

'Tis all engaged, some forfeited and gone,
engage (v.) 5 mortgage, put in pawn

And what remains will hardly stop the mouth

Of present dues. The future comes apace.
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count
due (n.) 3 debt, liability, amount owing

What shall defend the interim? And at length
length, at in the end, in the long term

How goes our reck'ning?
reckoning (n.) 3 assessment of debts, settlemernt of accounts


TIMON

To Lacedaemon did my land extend.


FLAVIUS

O my good lord, the world is but a word.

Were it all yours to give it in a breath,

How quickly were it gone!


TIMON

                         You tell me true.


FLAVIUS

If you suspect my husbandry of falsehood,
husbandry (n.) 1 thrift, good economy, careful management

Call me before th' exactest auditors,
exact (adj.) accomplished, highly skilled, expert

And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me,
proof (n.) 3 test, trial
set (v.) 3 direct, put, make come

When all our offices have been oppressed
office (n.) 7 (plural) kitchen, buttery, serving-room
oppress (v.) 2 crowd out, throng, overwhelm

With riotous feeders, when our vaults have wept
feeder (n.) 1 servant, parasite, lackey
vault (n.) 3 wine-cellar, liquor storeroom

With drunken spilth of wine, when every room
spilth (n.) spillage, slopping, upset

Hath blazed with lights and brayed with minstrelsy,
minstrelsy (n.) 1 noisy playing and singing, musical rowdiness

I have retired me to a wasteful cock
cock (n.) 5 tap, spout [of a wine-cask]

And set mine eyes at flow.
flow (n.) flowing


TIMON

                         Prithee no more.


FLAVIUS

Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord!
say (v.) 5 finish speaking, speak one's mind, make one's point See Topics: Discourse markers

How many prodigal bits have slaves and peasants
bit (n.) morsel, scrap, titbit
prodigal (adj.) 2 effusive, lavish, generous

This night englutted! Who is not Timon's?
englut (v.) swallow up, gulp down, devour

What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Lord Timon's?
mean (n.) 4 (plural) resources, wherewithal, wealth

Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon!

Ah, when the means are gone that buy this praise,

The breath is gone whereof this praise is made.

Feast-won, fast-lost. One cloud of winter showers,

These flies are couched.
couch (v.) 4 go to a lair, find shelter


TIMON

                         Come, sermon me no further.

No villainous bounty yet hath passed my heart;
bounty (n.) 3 act of kindness, good turn

Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.

Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience lack
conscience (n.) 2 real knowledge, internal conviction, true understanding

To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart.
secure (v.) 3 take comfort, free from care

If I would broach the vessels of my love,
broach (v.) 3 draw out, set flowing, cause to spurt out [by piercing]

And try the argument of hearts, by borrowing,
argument (n.) 6 proof, evidence, demonstration
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]

Men and men's fortunes could I frankly use
frankly (adv.) 1 freely, without restraint, unrestrictedly

As I can bid thee speak.
assurance (n.) 1 security, certainty, confidence


FLAVIUS

                         Assurance bless your thoughts!


TIMON

And in some sort these wants of mine are crowned,
crown (v.) 1 endow with honour, invest with special dignity
sort (n.) 3 way, manner

That I account them blessings. For by these

Shall I try friends. You shall perceive
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]

How you mistake my fortunes;
mistake (v.) 1 misunderstand, take wrongly, misconceive

I am wealthy in my friends.

Within there! Flaminius! Servilius!

Enter Flaminius, Servilius, and another Servant


SERVANTS

My lord? My lord?


TIMON

I will dispatch you severally. You to Lord Lucius,
dispatch, despatch (v.) 5 send away, send off
severally (adv.) separately, individually See Topics: Stage directions

to Lord Lucullus you – I hunted with his honour today

– you to Sempronius. Commend me to their loves. And
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

I am proud, say, that my occasions have found time to
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement
time (n.) 8 right moment, favourable opportunity

use 'em toward a supply of money. Let the request be

fifty talents.


FLAMINIUS

As you have said, my lord.

Exeunt Servants


FLAVIUS

(aside)

Lord Lucius and Lucullus? Hum!


TIMON

Go you, sir, to the senators,

Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have

Deserved this hearing. Bid 'em send o'th' instant

A thousand talents to me.


FLAVIUS

                         I have been bold,

For that I knew it the most general way,
general (adj.) 2 all-embracing, universal, comprehensive

To them to use your signet and your name.
signet (n.) seal [of authority], signet ring

But they do shake their heads, and I am here

No richer in return.


TIMON

                         Is't true? Can't be?


FLAVIUS

They answer, in a joint and corporate voice,
corporate (adj.) united as if in one body, in unison

That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot
fall (n.) 1 low level, low ebb
treasure (n.) money, ready cash
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

Do what they would, are sorry – you are honourable –

But yet they could have wished – they know not –

Something hath been amiss – a noble nature

May catch a wrench – would all were well – 'tis pity.
catch (v.) 3 receive, take, incur

And so, intending other serious matters,
intend (v.) 1 pretend, convey, purport, profess

After distasteful looks and these hard fractions,
distasteful (adj.) showing dislike, displaying aversion
fraction (n.) 1 fragment, scrap, shred

With certain half-caps and cold-moving nods
cold-moving (adj.) cool, chilling, distant
half-cap (n.) half removal of the cap by way of negligent courtesy

They froze me into silence.


TIMON

                         You gods reward them!

Prithee, man, look cheerly. These old fellows
cheerly (adv.) 1 cheerfully, brightly, animatedly

Have their ingratitude in them hereditary.

Their blood is caked, 'tis cold, it seldom flows.
caked (adj.) solidified, coagulated, clotted

'Tis lack of kindly warmth they are not kind.
kind (adj.) 3 friendly, agreeable, pleasant
kindly (adj.) 2 friendly, good-natured, well-disposed

And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
nature (n.) 3 human nature

Is fashioned for the journey, dull and heavy.
heavy (adj.) 7 slow-moving, sluggish, laggard

Go to Ventidius. Prithee be not sad,
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

Thou art true and honest. Ingeniously I speak,
ingeniously (adv.) honestly, with all sincerity, without reserve

No blame belongs to thee. Ventidius lately

Buried his father, by whose death he's stepped

Into a great estate. When he was poor,

Imprisoned, and in scarcity of friends,

I cleared him with five talents. Greet him from me.

Bid him suppose some good necessity
good (adj.) 1 [intensifying use] real, genuine

Touches his friend, which craves to be remembered
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
remember (v.) 2 recollect, recall, call to mind
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to

With those five talents. That had, give't these fellows

To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak or think
instant (adv.) immediately, instantly, at once

That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink.


FLAVIUS

I would I could not think it.

That thought is bounty's foe –
bounty (n.) 1 great generosity, gracious liberality, munificence

Being free itself, it thinks all others so.
free (adj.) 1 liberal, lavish, generous

Exeunt

 
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