Timon of Athens


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Flavius, with two or three Servants


FIRST SERVANT

Hear you, master steward, where's our master?

Are we undone, cast off, nothing remaining?
undo (v.) 1 ruin, destroy, wipe out


FLAVIUS

Alack, my fellows, what should I say to you?

Let me be recorded by the righteous gods,

I am as poor as you.
break (v.) 18 go bankrupt, become insolvent


FIRST SERVANT

                         Such a house broke!

So noble a master fallen! All gone, and not

One friend to take his fortune by the arm,

And go along with him?


SECOND SERVANT

                         As we do turn our backs

From our companion thrown into his grave,

So his familiars to his buried fortunes
familiar (n.) 1 close friend, intimate associate

Slink all away, leave their false vows with him,
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial

Like empty purses picked. And his poor self,

A dedicated beggar to the air,
air (n.) 4 fresh air, open air

With his disease of all-shunned poverty,

Walks, like contempt, alone. More of our fellows.

Enter other Servants
implement (n.) furnishing, instrument, chattel


FLAVIUS

All broken implements of a ruined house.


THIRD SERVANT

Yet do our hearts wear Timon's livery;
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count

That see I by our faces. We are fellows still,
fellow (n.) 5 fellow-servant, colleague
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

Serving alike in sorrow. Leaked is our bark,
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
leaked (adj.) sprung a leak, full of holes

And we, poor mates, stand on the dying deck,

Hearing the surges threat. We must all part
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
threat (v.) threaten

Into this sea of air.


FLAVIUS

                         Good fellows all,

The latest of my wealth I'll share amongst you.
latest (n.) last part, final bit

Wherever we shall meet, for Timon's sake,

Let's yet be fellows. Let's shake our heads and say,
fellow (n.) 5 fellow-servant, colleague

As 'twere a knell unto our master's fortunes,

‘ We have seen better days.’ Let each take some.

He gives them money

Nay, put out all your hands. Not one word more.

Thus part we rich in sorrow, parting poor.

Flavius and the Servants embrace each other
fierce (adj.) 3 drastic, severe, extreme

Exeunt Servants

O the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us!

Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt,
exempt (adj.) removed, cut off, excluded, debarred

Since riches point to misery and contempt?

Who would be so mocked with glory, or to live

But in a dream of friendship,

To have his pomp and all what state compounds
compound (v.) 3 put together, construct, compose
state (n.) 4 splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignity

But only painted, like his varnished friends?
painted (adj.) 2 unreal, artificial, superficial

Poor honest lord, brought low by his own heart,

Undone by goodness! Strange, unusual blood,
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood
undo (v.) 1 ruin, destroy, wipe out

When man's worst sin is he does too much good.

Who then dares to be half so kind again?
kind (adj.) 5 generous, liberal, benevolent

For bounty, that makes gods, does still mar men.
bounty (n.) 1 great generosity, gracious liberality, munificence
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

My dearest lord, blest to be most accursed,

Rich only to be wretched, thy great fortunes

Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas, kind lord,

He's flung in rage from this ingrateful seat
fling (n.) 2 dash off, go away in a rush
ingrateful (adj.) 1 ungrateful, unappreciative
seat (n.) 3 residence, dwelling-place, habitat

Of monstrous friends;

Nor has he with him to supply his life,
supply (v.) 4 maintain, provide for, sustain

Or that which can command it.

I'll follow and inquire him out.

I'll ever serve his mind with my best will;
mind (n.) 1 inclination, desire, wish

Whilst I have gold I'll be his steward still.

Exit

 
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