Timon of Athens

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter a Third Servant of Timon, with Sempronius,

another of Timon's friends


Must he needs trouble me in't? Hum! 'Bove all others?

He might have tried Lord Lucius or Lucullus.

And now Ventidius is wealthy too,

Whom he redeemed from prison. All these

Owe their estates unto him.


                         My lord,

They have all been touched and found base metal,
base (adj.) 4 non-precious, worthless, of low value
touch (v.) 6 test the quality [of], put to the test

For they have all denied him.
deny (v.) 1 refuse, rebuff, reject


How? Have they denied him?

Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?

And does he send to me? Three? Hum?

It shows but little love or judgement in him.

Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physicians,

Thrice give him over. Must I take th' cure upon me?
give over (v.) 1 desert, leave, abandon

'Has much disgraced me in't. I'm angry at him

That might have known my place. I see no sense for't
place (n.) 2 precedence, proper place

But his occasions might have wooed me first;
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement

For, in my conscience, I was the first man
conscience, in my to my mind See Topics: Discourse markers

That e'er received gift from him.

And does he think so backwardly of me now
backwardly (adv.) unfavourably, in a lowly manner; also: in reverse order of priority

That I'll requite it last? No;

So it may prove an argument of laughter
argument (n.) 1 subject of conversation, subject-matter, topic

To th' rest, and I 'mongst lords be thought a fool.

I'd rather than the worth of thrice the sum

'Had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake;

I'd such a courage to do him good. But now return,
courage (n.) 4 intention, purpose, inclination

And with their faint reply this answer join:
faint (adj.) 1 feeble, half-hearted

Who bates mine honour shall not know my coin.
bate (v.) 1 abate, modify, lessen



Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. The
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine

devil knew not what he did when he made man politic –
politic (adj.) 2 crafty, wily, self-serving

he crossed himself by't. And I cannot think but in the
cross (v.) 3 afflict, plague, go against

end the villainies of man will set him clear. How fairly
clear (adj.) 2 innocent, blameless, free from fault, not guilty
set (v.) 1 value, rate, esteem

this lord strives to appear foul! Takes virtuous copies to
copy (n.) 1 example, model, pattern

be wicked, like those that under hot ardent zeal would

set whole realms on fire.

Of such a nature is his politic love.
politic (adj.) 2 crafty, wily, self-serving

This was my lord's best hope. Now all are fled,

Save only the gods. Now his friends are dead,

Doors that were ne'er acquainted with their wards
ward (n.) 4 catch inside a lock; lock

Many a bounteous year must be employed

Now to guard sure their master.
sure (adv.) 1 securely, safely, well

And this is all a liberal course allows:
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house.
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside


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