Timon of Athens


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Flaminius waiting to speak with Lucullus from his

master. Enter a Servant to him


SERVANT

I have told my lord of you. He is coming down

to you.


FLAMINIUS

I thank you, sir.

Enter Lucullus


SERVANT

Here's my lord.


LUCULLUS

(aside)

One of Lord Timon's men? A gift, I

warrant. Why, this hits right: I dreamt of a silver basin
hit (v.) 2 match, fall in [with], coincide [with]
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

and ewer tonight. (To Flaminius) Flaminius, honest

Flaminius, you are very respectively welcome, sir. (To

Servant) Fill me some wine.

Exit Servant

And how does that honourable, complete, free-hearted
complete, compleat (adj.) 1 accomplished, consummate, thorough

gentleman of Athens, thy very bountiful good lord and

master?


FLAMINIUS

His health is well, sir.


LUCULLUS

I am right glad that his health is well, sir.

And what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty
pretty (adj.) 4 good, excellent, fine

Flaminius?


FLAMINIUS

'Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir, which,

in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your honour to

supply; who, having great and instant occasion to use
instant (adj.) 3 urgent, pressing, imperative
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement
supply (v.) 2 fill, contribute to

fifty talents, hath sent to your lordship to furnish him,
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess

nothing doubting your present assistance therein.


LUCULLUS

La, la, la, la! ‘ Nothing doubting,’ says he?

Alas, good lord! A noble gentleman 'tis, if he would not

keep so good a house. Many a time and often I ha' dined
good (adj.) 2 kind, benevolent, generous

with him and told him on't, and come again to supper to

him of purpose to have him spend less. And yet he
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

would embrace no counsel, take no warning by my
embrace (v.) 2 accept, avail oneself of

coming. Every man has his fault, and honesty is his. I
honesty (n.) 3 generosity, liberality, hospitality

ha' told him on't, but I could ne'er get him from't.

Enter Servant, with wine


SERVANT

Please your lordship, here is the wine.


LUCULLUS

Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise.
note (v.) 2 notice, perceive, observe
wise (adj.) 1 discreet, sensible, prudent

Here's to thee.


FLAMINIUS

Your lordship speaks your pleasure.
pleasure (n.) 1 wish, desire, will


LUCULLUS

I have observed thee always for a towardly
towardly (adj.) dutiful, helpful, friendly

prompt spirit, give thee thy due, and one that knows
prompt (adj.) 2 ready and willing, well-disposed
spirit (n.) 1 disposition, temperament, frame of mind

what belongs to reason, and canst use the time well, if
time (n.) 8 right moment, favourable opportunity

the time use thee well. Good parts in thee. (To Servant)

Get you gone, sirrah.

Exit Servant

Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountiful

gentleman; but thou art wise; and thou knowest well
wise (adj.) 2 informed, well-aware, knowledgeable

enough, although thou comest to me, that this is no

time to lend money, especially upon bare friendship

without security. Here's three solidares for thee. Good

boy, wink at me, and say thou sawest me not. Fare thee
wink (v.) 3 fail to look, connive

well.


FLAMINIUS

Is't possible the world should so much differ,
differ (v.) change character, become different

And we alive that lived? Fly, damned baseness,
baseness (n.) 2 debasement, lowly state, humiliation

To him that worships thee!

He throws the money back at Lucullus


LUCULLUS

Ha! Now I see thou art a fool, and fit for thy

master.

Exit


FLAMINIUS

May these add to the number that may scald thee!

Let molten coin be thy damnation,

Thou disease of a friend and not himself!

Has friendship such a faint and milky heart
milky (adj.) 2 weak, timorous, feeble

It turns in less than two nights? O you gods!
turn (v.) 9 become sour, curdle

I feel my master's passion. This slave,
passion (n.) 4 fit of anger, feeling of rage

Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him.
meat (n.) 1 food, nourishment

Why should it thrive and turn to nutriment

When he is turned to poison?

O, may diseases only work upon't!
work upon (v.) practise on, influence, act on

And when he's sick to death, let not that part of nature
nature (n.) 2 natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]

Which my lord paid for be of any power

To expel sickness, but prolong his hour!

Exit

 
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