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Timon of Athens: Act 2, Scene 2

Timon of Athens
Act 2, Scene 2

Athens. A hall in Timon’s house.

  1. Enter Steward Flavius with many bills in his hand.

Flavius

2 - 10
  1. No care, no stop, so senseless of expense,
  2. That he will neither know how to maintain it,
  3. Nor cease his flow of riot. Takes no accompt
  4. How things go from him, nor resumes no care
  5. Of what is to continue. Never mind
  6. Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.
  7. What shall be done, he will not hear, till feel.
  8. I must be round with him, now he comes from hunting.
  9. Fie, fie, fie, fie!
  1. Enter Caphis and the Servants of Isidore and Varro.

Caphis

12 - 13
  1.                     Good even, Varro. What,
  2. You come for money?

Varro’s First Servant

14
  1.                     Is’t not your business too?

Caphis

15
  1. It is; and yours too, Isidore?

Isidore’s Servant

16
  1.                                It is so.

Caphis

17
  1. Would we were all discharg’d!

Varro’s First Servant

18
  1.                               I fear it.

Caphis

19
  1. Here comes the lord.
  1. Enter Timon and his Train with Alcibiades.

Timon

21 - 22
  1. So soon as dinner’s done, we’ll forth again,
  2. My Alcibiades.—With me, what is your will?

Caphis

23
  1. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.

Timon

24
  1. Dues? Whence are you?

Caphis

25
  1.                       Of Athens here, my lord.

Timon

26
  1. Go to my steward.

Caphis

27 - 32
  1. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off
  2. To the succession of new days this month.
  3. My master is awak’d by great occasion
  4. To call upon his own, and humbly prays you
  5. That with your other noble parts you’ll suit
  6. In giving him his right.

Timon

33 - 34
  1.                          Mine honest friend,
  2. I prithee but repair to me next morning.

Caphis

35
  1. Nay, good my lord

Timon

36
  1.                    Contain thyself, good friend.

Varro’s First Servant

37
  1. One Varro’s servant, my good lord

Isidore’s Servant

38 - 39
  1.                                    From Isidore;
  2. He humbly prays your speedy payment.

Caphis

40
  1. If you did know, my lord, my master’s wants

Varro’s First Servant

41 - 42
  1. ’Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six weeks
  2. And past.

Isidore’s Servant

43 - 44
  1.           Your steward puts me off, my lord,
  2. And I am sent expressly to your lordship.

Timon

45 - 54
  1. Give me breath.
  2. I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on,
  3. I’ll wait upon you instantly.
  4. Exeunt Alcibiades and Lords.
  5. To Flavius.
  6.                               Come hither. Pray you,
  7. How goes the world, that I am thus encount’red
  8. With clamorous demands of debt, broken bonds,
  9. And the detention of long since due debts,
  10. Against my honor?

Flavius

55 - 59
  1.                   Please you, gentlemen,
  2. The time is unagreeable to this business.
  3. Your importunacy cease till after dinner,
  4. That I may make his lordship understand
  5. Wherefore you are not paid.

Timon

60
  1. Do so, my friends. See them well entertain’d.
  1. Exit.

Flavius

62
  1. Pray draw near.
  1. Exit.
  1. Enter Apemantus and Fool.

Caphis

65 - 66
  1. Stay, stay, here comes the Fool with
  2. Apemantus, let’s ha’ some sport with ’em.

Varro’s First Servant

67
  1. Hang him, he’ll abuse us.

Isidore’s Servant

68
  1. A plague upon him, dog!

Varro’s First Servant

69
  1. How dost, Fool?

Apemantus

70
  1. Dost dialogue with thy shadow?

Varro’s First Servant

71
  1. I speak not to thee.

Apemantus

72 - 74
  1. No, ’tis to thyself.
  2. To the Fool.
  3. Come away.

Isidore’s Servant

75 - 76
  1. To Varro’s Servant.
  2. There’s the Fool hangs on your back already.

Apemantus

77
  1. No, thou stand’st single, th’ art not on him yet.

Caphis

78
  1. Where’s the Fool now?

Apemantus

79 - 80
  1. He last ask’d the question. Poor rogues, and usurers’ men,
  2. bawds between gold and want!

All Servants

81
  1. What are we, Apemantus?

Apemantus

82
  1. Asses.

All Servants

83
  1. Why?

Apemantus

84 - 85
  1. That you ask me what you are, and do not know yourselves.
  2. Speak to ’em, Fool.

Fool

86
  1. How do you, gentlemen?

All Servants

87
  1. Gramercies, good Fool; how does your mistress?

Fool

88 - 89
  1. She’s e’en setting on water to scald such chickens as you
  2. are. Would we could see you at Corinth!

Apemantus

90
  1. Good, gramercy.
  1. Enter Timon’s Page.

Fool

92
  1. Look you, here comes my master’s page.

Timon’s Page

93 - 95
  1. To the Fool.
  2. Why, how now, captain? What do you in this wise company? How
  3. dost thou, Apemantus?

Apemantus

96 - 97
  1. Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I might answer thee
  2. profitably.

Timon’s Page

98 - 99
  1. Prithee, Apemantus, read me the superscription of these
  2. letters, I know not which is which.

Apemantus

100
  1. Canst not read?

Timon’s Page

101
  1. No.

Apemantus

102 - 104
  1. There will little learning die then that day thou art
  2. hang’d. This is to Lord Timon, this to Alcibiades. Go, thou
  3. wast born a bastard, and thou’t die a bawd.

Timon’s Page

105 - 106
  1. Thou wast whelp’d a dog, and thou shalt famish a dog’s
  2. death. Answer not, I am gone.
  1. Exit.

Apemantus

108 - 109
  1. E’en so thou outrun’st grace. Fool, I will go with you to
  2. Lord Timon’s.

Fool

110
  1. Will you leave me there?

Apemantus

111
  1. If Timon stay at home. You three serve three usurers?

All Servants

112
  1. Ay, would they serv’d us!

Apemantus

113
  1. So would Ias good a trick as ever hangman serv’d thief.

Fool

114
  1. Are you three usurers’ men?

All Servants

115
  1. Ay, Fool.

Fool

116 - 120
  1. I think no usurer but has a fool to his servant; my mistress
  2. is one, and I am her fool. When men come to borrow of your
  3. masters, they approach sadly, and go away merry; but they
  4. enter my master’s house merrily, and go away sadly. The
  5. reason of this?

Varro’s First Servant

121
  1. I could render one.

Apemantus

122 - 124
  1. Do it then, that we may account thee a whoremaster and a
  2. knave, which notwithstanding, thou shalt be no less
  3. esteem’d.

Varro’s First Servant

125
  1. What is a whoremaster, Fool?

Fool

126 - 131
  1. A fool in good clothes, and something like thee. ’Tis a
  2. spirit; sometime’t appears like a lord, sometime like a
  3. lawyer, sometime like a philosopher, with two stones more
  4. than ’s artificial one. He is very often like a knight; and,
  5. generally, in all shapes that man goes up and down in from
  6. fourscore to thirteen, this spirit walks in.

Varro’s First Servant

132
  1. Thou art not altogether a fool.

Fool

133 - 134
  1. Nor thou altogether a wise man; as much foolery as I have,
  2. so much wit thou lack’st.

Apemantus

135
  1. That answer might have become Apemantus.

All Servants

136
  1. Aside, aside, here comes Lord Timon.
  1. Enter Timon and Steward Flavius.

Apemantus

138
  1. Come with me, Fool, come.

Fool

139 - 140
  1. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, and woman;
  2. sometime the philosopher.
  1. Exeunt Apemantus and Fool.

Flavius

142
  1. Pray you walk near, I’ll speak with you anon.
  1. Exeunt Servants.

Timon

144 - 147
  1. You make me marvel wherefore ere this time
  2. Had you not fully laid my state before me,
  3. That I might so have rated my expense
  4. As I had leave of means.

Flavius

148 - 149
  1.                          You would not hear me;
  2. At many leisures I propos’d.

Timon

150 - 154
  1.                              Go to!
  2. Perchance some single vantages you took,
  3. When my indisposition put you back,
  4. And that unaptness made your minister
  5. Thus to excuse yourself.

Flavius

155 - 168
  1.                          O my good lord,
  2. At many times I brought in my accompts,
  3. Laid them before you; you would throw them off,
  4. And say you found them in mine honesty.
  5. When for some trifling present you have bid me
  6. Return so much, I have shook my head, and wept;
  7. Yea, ’gainst th’ authority of manners, pray’d you
  8. To hold your hand more close. I did endure
  9. Not seldom, nor no slight checks, when I have
  10. Prompted you in the ebb of your estate
  11. And your great flow of debts. My lov’d lord,
  12. Though you hear now (too late), yet now’s a time:
  13. The greatest of your having lacks a half
  14. To pay your present debts.

Timon

169
  1.                            Let all my land be sold.

Flavius

170 - 174
  1. ’Tis all engag’d, some forfeited and gone,
  2. And what remains will hardly stop the mouth
  3. Of present dues. The future comes apace;
  4. What shall defend the interim? And at length
  5. How goes our reck’ning?

Timon

175
  1. To Lacedaemon did my land extend.

Flavius

176 - 178
  1. O my good lord, the world is but a word;
  2. Were it all yours to give it in a breath,
  3. How quickly were it gone!

Timon

179
  1.                           You tell me true.

Flavius

180 - 188
  1. If you suspect my husbandry or falsehood,
  2. Call me before th’ exactest auditors,
  3. And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me,
  4. When all our offices have been oppress’d
  5. With riotous feeders, when our vaults have wept
  6. With drunken spilth of wine, when every room
  7. Hath blaz’d with lights and bray’d with minstrelsy,
  8. I have retir’d me to a wasteful cock,
  9. And set mine eyes at flow.

Timon

189
  1.                            Prithee no more.

Flavius

190 - 198
  1. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord!
  2. How many prodigal bits have slaves and peasants
  3. This night englutted! Who is not Timon’s?
  4. What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Lord Timon’s?
  5. Great Timon! Noble, worthy, royal Timon!
  6. Ah, when the means are gone that buy this praise,
  7. The breath is gone whereof this praise is made.
  8. Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter show’rs,
  9. These flies are couch’d.

Timon

199 - 207
  1.                          Come, sermon me no further.
  2. No villainous bounty yet hath pass’d my heart;
  3. Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.
  4. Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience lack
  5. To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart;
  6. If I would broach the vessels of my love,
  7. And try the argument of hearts, by borrowing,
  8. Men and men’s fortunes could I frankly use
  9. As I can bid thee speak.

Flavius

208
  1.                          Assurance bless your thoughts!

Timon

209 - 213
  1. And in some sort these wants of mine are crown’d,
  2. That I account them blessings; for by these
  3. Shall I try friends. You shall perceive how you
  4. Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends.
  5. Within there! Flaminius! Servilius!
  1. Enter three servants: Flaminius, Servilius, and Timon’s
  2. Servant.

Three Servants

216
  1. My lord? My lord?

Timon

217 - 222
  1. I will dispatch you severally: to Servilius you to Lord
  2. Lucius; to Flaminius to Lord Lucullus youI hunted with his
  3. honor today; to the other you to Sempronius. Commend me to
  4. their loves; and I am proud, say, that my occasions have
  5. found time to use ’em toward a supply of money. Let the
  6. request be fifty talents.

Flaminius

223
  1. As you have said, my lord.
  1. Exeunt the three servants.

Flavius

225 - 226
  1. Aside.
  2. Lord Lucius and Lucullus? Humh!

Timon

227 - 230
  1. Go you, sir, to the senators
  2. Of whom, even to the state’s best health, I have
  3. Deserv’d this hearingbid ’em send o’ th’ instant
  4. A thousand talents to me.

Flavius

231 - 235
  1.                           I have been bold
  2. (For that I knew it the most general way)
  3. To them to use your signet and your name,
  4. But they do shake their heads, and I am here
  5. No richer in return.

Timon

236
  1.                      Is’t true? Can ’t be?

Flavius

237 - 246
  1. They answer, in a joint and corporate voice,
  2. That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot
  3. Do what they would, are sorry; you are honorable,
  4. But yet they could have wish’dthey know not
  5. Something hath been amissa noble nature
  6. May catch a wrenchwould all were well’tis pity
  7. And so, intending other serious matters,
  8. After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions,
  9. With certain half-caps and cold-moving nods,
  10. They froze me into silence.

Timon

247 - 265
  1.                             You gods, reward them!
  2. Prithee, man, look cheerly. These old fellows
  3. Have their ingratitude in them hereditary:
  4. Their blood is cak’d, ’tis cold, it seldom flows;
  5. ’Tis lack of kindly warmth they are not kind;
  6. And nature, as it grows again toward earth,
  7. Is fashion’d for the journey, dull and heavy.
  8. Go to Ventidius. (Prithee be not sad,
  9. Thou art true and honest; ingeniously I speak,
  10. No blame belongs to thee.) Ventidius lately
  11. Buried his father, by whose death he’s stepp’d
  12. Into a great estate. When he was poor,
  13. Imprison’d, and in scarcity of friends,
  14. I clear’d him with five talents. Greet him from me,
  15. Bid him suppose some good necessity
  16. Touches his friend, which craves to be rememb’red
  17. With those five talents. That had, give’t these fellows
  18. To whom ’tis instant due. Nev’r speak or think
  19. That Timon’s fortunes ’mong his friends can sink.

Flavius

266 - 267
  1. I would I could not think it! That thought is bounty’s foe;
  2. Being free itself, it thinks all others so.
  1. Exeunt.
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