Timon of Athens


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Music. Servants attending. Enter Lucullus and

Lucius, Sempronius and Ventidius, at several doors,

senators and lords


LUCULLUS

The good time of day to you, sir.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count


LUCIUS

I also wish it to you. I think this honourable lord

did but try us this other day.
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]


LUCULLUS

Upon that were my thoughts tiring when we
tire (v.) 2 be exercised, be actively engaged

encountered. I hope it is not so low with him as he made
encounter (v.) 3 meet, bump into one another

it seem in the trial of his several friends.
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual


LUCIUS

It should not be, by the persuasion of his new
persuasion (n.) 3 evidence, persuasive indication

feasting.


LUCULLUS

I should think so. He hath sent me an earnest

inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me to
inviting (n.) invitation
near (adj.) 3 personal, private
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement

put off. But he hath conjured me beyond them, and I
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech
put off (v.) 1 dismiss, brush aside, spurn

must needs appear.


LUCIUS

In like manner was I in debt to my importunate
debt, in constrained by necessity, under obligation
importunate (adj.) persistent, pressing, insistent
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

business, but he would not hear my excuse. I am sorry,

when he sent to borrow of me, that my provision was
provision (n.) 2 resources, money supply

out.
out (adv.) 6 at an end, finished


LUCULLUS

I am sick of that grief too, as I understand

how all things go.


LUCIUS

Every man here's so. What would he have

borrowed of you?


LUCULLUS

A thousand pieces.
piece (n.) 8 coin, piece of money


LUCIUS

A thousand pieces?


LUCULLUS

What of you?


LUCIUS

He sent to me, sir –

Enter Timon and attendants

Here he comes.


TIMON

With all my heart, gentlemen both! And how fare
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

you?


LUCULLUS

Ever at the best, hearing well of your

lordship.


LUCIUS

The swallow follows not summer more willing

than we your lordship.


TIMON

(aside)

Nor more willingly leaves winter. Such

summer birds are men. (To them) Gentlemen, our

dinner will not recompense this long stay. Feast your
stay (n.) 1 staying, remaining, continued presence

ears with the music awhile, if they will fare so harshly
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

o'th' trumpet's sound. We shall to't presently.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long


LUCULLUS

I hope it remains not unkindly with your

lordship that I returned you an empty messenger.
empty (adj.) 2 empty-handed, with nothing to give
return (v.) 2 send back, respond with


TIMON

O sir, let it not trouble you.


LUCIUS

My noble lord –


TIMON

Ah, my good friend, what cheer?


LUCIUS

My most honourable lord, I am e'en sick of

shame that when your lordship this other day sent to

me I was so unfortunate a beggar.


TIMON

Think not on't, sir.


LUCIUS

If you had sent but two hours before –


TIMON

Let it not cumber your better remembrance.
cumber (v.) distress, trouble, burden
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

The banquet is brought in

Come, bring in all together.


LUCIUS

All covered dishes.


LUCULLUS

Royal cheer, I warrant you.
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


SEMPRONIUS

Doubt not that, if money and the season

can yield it.


LUCULLUS

How do you? What's the news?


SEMPRONIUS

Alcibiades is banished. Hear you of it?


LUCULLUS and LUCIUS

Alcibiades banished?


SEMPRONIUS

'Tis so, be sure of it.


LUCULLUS

How? How?


LUCIUS

I pray you, upon what?


TIMON

My worthy friends, will you draw near?


SEMPRONIUS

I'll tell you more anon. Here's a noble feast
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

toward.
toward (adv.) impending, forthcoming, in preparation


LUCIUS

This is the old man still.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]


SEMPRONIUS

Will't hold? Will't hold?
hold (v.) 3 stand firm, continue, carry on


LUCIUS

It does; but time will – and so –


SEMPRONIUS

I do conceive.
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow


TIMON

Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would
spur (n.) 1 eagerness, alacrity, enthusiasm

to the lip of his mistress. Your diet shall be in all places

alike. Make not a City feast of it, to let the meat cool ere
City (adj.) such as would be found in the City [of London]; formal
meat (n.) 1 food, nourishment

we can agree upon the first place. Sit, sit. The gods
place (n.) 2 precedence, proper place

require our thanks.

You great benefactors, sprinkle our society with thankfulness.

For your own gifts make yourselves praised; but

reserve still to give, lest your deities be despised. Lend to
reserve (v.) preserve, retain, keep
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

each man enough, that one need not lend to another; for

were your godheads to borrow of men, men would forsake

the gods. Make the meat be beloved more than the man that

gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of

villains. If there sit twelve women at the table let a dozen of

them be – as they are. The rest of your fees, O gods – the
fee (n.) 4 dependent creature, beneficiary, vassal

Senators of Athens, together with the common leg of people –
leg (n.) 2 [unclear meaning] supporting member

what is amiss in them, you gods, make suitable for destruction.

For these my present friends, as they are to me

nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing are they

welcome.

Uncover, dogs, and lap.

The dishes are uncovered and seen to be full of warm

water and stones


SOME

What does his lordship mean?


OTHERS

I know not.


TIMON

May you a better feast never behold,

You knot of mouth-friends! Smoke and lukewarm water
knot (n.) 1 company, band, assembly
mouth-friend (n.) friend in word only; or: friend won by feeding

Is your perfection. This is Timon's last,
last (n.) 2 last thing to be done, final action

Who, stuck and spangled with your flatteries,
spangle (v.) adorn brightly, add glitter to
stick (v.) 5 decorate, adorn

Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces

Your reeking villainy.

He throws the water in their faces

                         Live loathed and long,

Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,

Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,

You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time's flies,
trencher-friend (n.) friend for free meals, sponger, parasite

Cap-and-knee slaves, vapours, and minute-jacks!
cap-and-knee (adj.) sycophantic, flattering, obsequious
minute-jack (n.) mind-changing villain, fickle lout
vapour (n.) 5 empty manifestation, worthless emanation

Of man and beast the infinite malady

Crust you quite o'er! What, dost thou go?
crust over (v.) encrust with sores, cover with scabs

Soft, take thy physic first. Thou too, and thou.
physic (n.) 1 medicine, healing, treatment See Topics: Frequency count

Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.

He throws the stones at them, and drives them out

What? All in motion? Henceforth be no feast

Whereat a villain's not a welcome guest.

Burn house! Sink Athens! Henceforth hated be

Of Timon man and all humanity.

Exit

Enter lords and senators


LUCULLUS

How now, my lords?


LUCIUS

Know you the quality of Lord Timon's fury?
quality (n.) 7 occasion, cause


SEMPRONIUS

Push! Did you see my cap?


VENTIDIUS

I have lost my gown.


LUCULLUS

He's but a mad lord, and naught but humours
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice

sways him. He gave me a jewel th' other day, and now he
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern

has beat it out of my hat. Did you see my jewel?


SEMPRONIUS

Did you see my cap?


LUCIUS

Here 'tis.


VENTIDIUS

Here lies my gown.


LUCULLUS

Let's make no stay.
stay (n.) 1 staying, remaining, continued presence


LUCIUS

Lord Timon's mad.


SEMPRONIUS

                         I feel't upon my bones.


VENTIDIUS

One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.

Exeunt

 
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