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Timon of Athens: Act 2, Scene 1

Timon of Athens
Act 2, Scene 1

Scene 1

Athens. A room in a Senator’s house.

  1. Enter the Third Senator with papers in his hand.

Third Senator

2 - 15
  1. And late, five thousand; to Varro and to Isidore
  2. He owes nine thousand, besides my former sum,
  3. Which makes it five and twenty. Still in motion
  4. Of raging waste? It cannot hold, it will not.
  5. If I want gold, steal but a beggar’s dog
  6. And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold.
  7. If I would sell my horse and buy twenty more
  8. Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon,
  9. Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me straight
  10. And able horses. No porter at his gate,
  11. But rather one that smiles and still invites
  12. All that pass by. It cannot hold, no reason
  13. Can sound his state in safety. Caphis ho!
  14. Caphis, I say!
  1. Enter Caphis.

Caphis

17
  1.                Here, sir, what is your pleasure?

Third Senator

18 - 35
  1. Get on your cloak and haste you to Lord Timon;
  2. Importune him for my moneys, be not ceas’d
  3. With slight denial; nor then silenc’d when
  4. Commend me to your master and the cap
  5. Plays in the right hand, thusbut tell him
  6. My uses cry to me; I must serve my turn
  7. Out of mine own. His days and times are past,
  8. And my reliances on his fracted dates
  9. Have smit my credit. I love and honor him,
  10. But must not break my back to heal his finger.
  11. Immediate are my needs, and my relief
  12. Must not be toss’d and turn’d to me in words,
  13. But find supply immediate. Get you gone,
  14. Put on a most importunate aspect,
  15. A visage of demand; for I do fear,
  16. When every feather sticks in his own wing,
  17. Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
  18. Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.

Caphis

36
  1. I go, sir.

Third Senator

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  1. Ay, go, sir; take the bonds along with you,
  2. And have the dates in. Come!

Caphis

39
  1.                              I will, sir.

Third Senator

40
  1.              Go.
  1. Exeunt.
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