Timon of Athens


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of

Lucius, meeting Titus, Hortensius, and other Servants

of Timon's creditors, waiting for his coming out


FIRST VARRO'S SERVANT

Well met. Good morrow, Titus and Hortensius.


TITUS

The like to you, kind Varro.
like, the the same


HORTENSIUS

                         Lucius!

What, do we meet together?


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

                         Ay, and I think

One business does command us all, for mine

Is money.


TITUS

                         So is theirs and ours.

Enter Philotus
once, at (adv.) all together, jointly, collectively


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

And Sir Philotus too!


PHILOTUS

                         Good day at once.


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Welcome, good brother. What do you think the hour?


PHILOTUS

Labouring for nine.
labour for (v.) 1 progress towards, approach


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

So much?


PHILOTUS

                         Is not my lord seen yet?


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

                                                         Not yet.


PHILOTUS

I wonder on't. He was wont to shine at seven.
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Ay, but the days are waxed shorter with him.
wax (v.) 1 grow, become, turn

You must consider that a prodigal course
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Is like the sun's, but not, like his, recoverable.

I fear

'Tis deepest winter in Lord Timon's purse;

That is, one may reach deep enough and yet

Find little.


PHILOTUS

                         I am of your fear for that.


TITUS

I'll show you how t' observe a strange event.
observe (v.) 4 take notice of, interpret, examine scientifically

Your lord sends now for money?


HORTENSIUS

                         Most true, he does.


TITUS

And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift,

For which I wait for money.


HORTENSIUS

It is against my heart.


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Mark how strange it shows
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

Timon in this should pay more than he owes;

And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels

And send for money for 'em.


HORTENSIUS

I'm weary of this charge, the gods can witness;
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty

I know my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth,

And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth.
stealth (n.) 2 stealing, theft


FIRST VARRO'S SERVANT

Yes, mine's three thousand crowns. What's yours?


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Five thousand mine.


FIRST VARRO'S SERVANT

'Tis much deep; and it should seem by th' sum
deep (adj.) 3 large, heavy, serious

Your master's confidence was above mine,

Else surely his had equalled.

Enter Flaminius


TITUS

One of Lord Timon's men.


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Flaminius? Sir, a word. Pray, is my

lord ready to come forth?


FLAMINIUS

No, indeed, he is not.


TITUS

We attend his lordship. Pray signify so much.
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count
signify (v.) report, make known, declare


FLAMINIUS

I need not tell him that; he knows. You are

too diligent.
diligent (adj.) 2 assiduous, persistent

Exit

Enter Flavius in a cloak, muffled


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Ha! Is not that his steward muffled so?

He goes away in a cloud. Call him, call him.
cloud (n.) troubled expression, state of gloom


TITUS

Do you hear, sir?


SECOND VARRO'S SERVANT

By your leave, sir.


FLAVIUS

What do ye ask of me, my friend?


TITUS

We wait for certain money here, sir.


FLAVIUS

                         Ay,

If money were as certain as your waiting,

'Twere sure enough.
sure (adj.) 1 certain, definite, reliable

Why then preferred you not your sums and bills
prefer (v.) 3 present, bring forward

When your false masters eat of my lord's meat?
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
meat (n.) 1 food, nourishment

Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts,

And take down th' interest into their glutt'nous maws.
maw (n.) belly, stomach; throat, gullet
take down (v.) 2 swallow, consume, ingest

You do yourselves but wrong to stir me up.
stir up (v.) provoke, agitate, rouse

Let me pass quietly.

Believe't, my lord and I have made an end;

I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
reckon (v.) 2 add up, keep count of


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Ay, but this answer will not serve.
serve (v.) 2 suffice, be enough, do [for]


FLAVIUS

If 'twill not serve, 'tis not so base as you,
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

For you serve knaves.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

Exit


FIRST VARRO'S SERVANT

How? What does his cashiered
cashiered (adj.) dismissed, sacked, discarded

worship mutter?


SECOND VARRO'S SERVANT

No matter what. He's poor,

and that's revenge enough. Who can speak broader than
broad (adv.) 2 plainly, candidly, freely

he that has no house to put his head in? Such may rail
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

against great buildings.

Enter Servilius


TITUS

O, here's Servilius. Now we shall know some

answer.


SERVILIUS

If I might beseech you, gentlemen, to repair
repair (v.) 1 come, go, make one's way

some other hour, I should derive much from't. For,

take't of my soul, my lord leans wondrously to discontent.

His comfortable temper has forsook him. He's
comfortable (adj.) 1 cheerful, cheery, light-hearted
temper (n.) 1 frame of mind, temperament, disposition

much out of health and keeps his chamber.
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Many do keep their chambers are not sick.

And if it be so far beyond his health,

Methinks he should the sooner pay his debts,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

And make a clear way to the gods.


SERVILIUS

                         Good gods!


TITUS

We cannot take this for an answer, sir.


FLAMINIUS

(within)

Servilius, help! My lord, my lord!

Enter Timon, in a rage
oppose (v.) 3 place in opposition, set up as resistance


TIMON

What, are my doors opposed against my passage?

Have I been ever free, and must my house
free (adj.) 1 liberal, lavish, generous

Be my retentive enemy, my gaol?
retentive (adj.) confining, constraining, imprisoning

The place which I have feasted, does it now,

Like all mankind, show me an iron heart?


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Put in now, Titus.
put in (v.) present a claim, put in a bid


TITUS

My lord, here is my bill.


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Here's mine.


HORTENSIUS

And mine, my lord.


BOTH VARRO'S SERVANTS

And ours, my lord.


PHILOTUS

All our bills.


TIMON

Knock me down with 'em; cleave me to the girdle.


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Alas, my lord –


TIMON

Cut my heart in sums.
sum (n.) 2 amount of money


TITUS

Mine, fifty talents.


TIMON

Tell out my blood.
tell out (v.) count out, reckon up


LUCIUS'S SERVANT

Five thousand crowns, my lord.


TIMON

Five thousand drops pays that. What yours? And yours?


FIRST VARRO'S SERVANT

My lord –


SECOND VARRO'S SERVANT

My lord –


TIMON

Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon you!

Exit


HORTENSIUS

Faith, I perceive our masters may throw

their caps at their money. These debts may well be

called desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em.
desperate (adj.) 1 despairing, hopeless, without hope

Exeunt

Enter Timon and Flavius


TIMON

They have e'en put my breath from me, the slaves.

Creditors? Devils!


FLAVIUS

My dear lord –


TIMON

What if it should be so?


FLAVIUS

My lord –


TIMON

I'll have it so. My steward!


FLAVIUS

Here, my lord.


TIMON

So fitly! Go, bid all my friends again,
fitly (adv.) 2 at the right time, at a suitable moment

Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius – all.

I'll once more feast the rascals.


FLAVIUS

                         O my lord,

You only speak from your distracted soul;
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated

There is not so much left to furnish out
furnish out (v.) provide food for, supply the needs of

A moderate table.
care (n.) 2 responsibility, duty, matter of concern


TIMON

                         Be't not in thy care.

Go, I charge thee. Invite them all, let in the tide
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin

Of knaves once more. My cook and I'll provide.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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