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Timon of Athens: Act 3, Scene 4

Timon of Athens
Act 3, Scene 4

Athens. A hall in Timon’s house.

  1. Enter Varro’s two Servants, meeting Titus and others, all
  2. servants of Timon’s creditors, to wait for his coming out.
  3. Then enter Lucius’ Servant and Hortensius.

Varro’s First Servant

4
  1. Well met, good morrow, Titus and Hortensius.

Titus

5
  1. The like to you, kind Varro.

Hortensius

6 - 7
  1.                              Lucius!
  2. What, do we meet together?

Lucius’s Servant

8 - 10
  1.                            Ay, and I think
  2. One business does command us all; for mine
  3. Is money.

Titus

11
  1. So is theirs and ours.
  1. Enter Philotus.

Lucius’s Servant

13
  1.                        And, sir, Philotus too!

Philotus

14
  1. Good day at once.

Lucius’s Servant

15 - 16
  1.                   Welcome, good brother.
  2. What do you think the hour?

Philotus

17
  1.                             Laboring for nine.

Lucius’s Servant

18
  1. So much?

Philotus

19
  1.          Is not my lord seen yet?

Lucius’s Servant

20
  1.                          Not yet.

Philotus

21
  1. I wonder on’t, he was wont to shine at seven.

Lucius’s Servant

22 - 27
  1. Ay, but the days are wax’d shorter with him.
  2. You must consider that a prodigal course
  3. Is like the sun’s, but not like his recoverable,
  4. I fear. ’Tis deepest winter in Lord Timon’s purse;
  5. That is, one may reach deep enough and yet
  6. Find little.

Philotus

28
  1.              I am of your fear for that.

Titus

29 - 30
  1. I’ll show you how t’ observe a strange event.
  2. Your lord sends now for money.

Hortensius

31
  1.                                Most true, he does.

Titus

32 - 33
  1. And he wears jewels now of Timon’s gift,
  2. For which I wait for money.

Hortensius

34
  1. It is against my heart.

Lucius’s Servant

35 - 38
  1.                         Mark how strange it shows,
  2. Timon in this should pay more than he owes;
  3. And e’en as if your lord should wear rich jewels
  4. And send for money for ’em.

Hortensius

39 - 41
  1. I’m weary of this charge, the gods can witness.
  2. I know my lord hath spent of Timon’s wealth,
  3. And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth.

Varro’s First Servant

42
  1. Yes, mine’s three thousand crowns; what’s yours?

Lucius’s Servant

43
  1. Five thousand mine.

Varro’s First Servant

44 - 46
  1. ’Tis much deep, and it should seem by th’ sum
  2. Your master’s confidence was above mine,
  3. Else surely his had equall’d.
  1. Enter Flaminius.

Titus

48
  1. One of Lord Timon’s men.

Lucius’s Servant

49
  1. Flaminius? Sir, a word. Pray is my lord ready to come forth?

Flaminius

50
  1. No, indeed he is not.

Titus

51
  1. We attend his lordship; pray signify so much.

Flaminius

52
  1. I need not tell him that, he knows you are too diligent.
  1. Exit.
  1. Enter Steward Flavius in a cloak, muffled.

Lucius’s Servant

55 - 56
  1. Ha! Is not that his steward muffled so?
  2. He goes away in a cloud; call him, call him.

Titus

57
  1. Do you hear, sir?

Varro’s Second Servant

58
  1. By your leave, sir

Flavius

59
  1. What do ye ask of me, my friend?

Titus

60
  1. We wait for certain money here, sir.

Flavius

61 - 71
  1.                                      Ay,
  2. If money were as certain as your waiting,
  3. ’Twere sure enough.
  4. Why then preferr’d you not your sums and bills
  5. When your false masters eat of my lord’s meat?
  6. Then they could smile, and fawn upon his debts,
  7. And take down th’ int’rest into their glutt’nous maws.
  8. You do yourselves but wrong to stir me up,
  9. Let me pass quietly.
  10. Believe’t, my lord and I have made an end:
  11. I have no more to reckon, he to spend.

Lucius’s Servant

72
  1. Ay, but this answer will not serve.

Flavius

73 - 74
  1. If ’twill not serve, ’tis not so base as you,
  2. For you serve knaves.
  1. Exit.

Varro’s First Servant

76
  1. How? What does his cashier’d worship mutter?

Varro’s Second Servant

77 - 79
  1. No matter what, he’s poor, and that’s revenge enough. Who
  2. can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head
  3. in? Such may rail against great buildings.
  1. Enter Servilius.

Titus

81
  1. O, here’s Servilius; now we shall know some answer.

Servilius

82 - 86
  1. If I might beseech you, gentlemen, to repair some other
  2. hour, I should derive much from’t; for take’t of my soul, my
  3. lord leans wondrously to discontent. His comfortable temper
  4. has forsook him, he’s much out of health, and keeps his
  5. chamber.

Lucius’s Servant

87 - 90
  1. Many do keep their chambers are not sick;
  2. And if it be so far beyond his health,
  3. Methinks he should the sooner pay his debts,
  4. And make a clear way to the gods.

Servilius

91
  1.                                   Good gods!

Titus

92
  1. We cannot take this for answer, sir.

Flaminius

93 - 94
  1. Within.
  2. Servilius, help! My lord, my lord!
  1. Enter Timon in a rage, Flaminius following.

Timon

96 - 100
  1. What, are my doors oppos’d against my passage?
  2. Have I been ever free, and must my house
  3. Be my retentive enemy? My jail?
  4. The place which I have feasted, does it now
  5. (Like all mankind) show me an iron heart?

Lucius’s Servant

101
  1. Put in now, Titus.

Titus

102
  1. My lord, here is my bill.

Lucius’s Servant

103
  1. Here’s mine.

Hortensius

104
  1. And mine, my lord.

Varro’s First and Second Servants

105
  1. And ours, my lord.

Philotus

106
  1. All our bills.

Timon

107
  1. Knock me down with ’em, cleave me to the girdle!

Lucius’s Servant

108
  1. Alas, my lord

Timon

109
  1. Cut my heart in sums.

Titus

110
  1. Mine, fifty talents.

Timon

111
  1. Tell out my blood.

Lucius’s Servant

112
  1. Five thousand crowns, my lord.

Timon

113
  1. Five thousand drops pays that. What yours? And yours?

Varro’s First Servant

114
  1. My lord

Varro’s Second Servant

115
  1. My lord

Timon

116
  1. Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon you!
  1. Exit Timon.

Hortensius

118 - 120
  1. Faith, I perceive our masters may throw their caps at their
  2. money. These debts may well be call’d desperate ones, for a
  3. madman owes ’em.
  1. Exeunt.
  1. Enter Timon and Flavius.

Timon

123 - 124
  1. They have e’en put my breath from me, the slaves.
  2. Creditors? Devils!

Flavius

125
  1. My dear lord

Timon

126
  1. What if it should be so?

Flavius

127
  1. My lord

Timon

128
  1. I’ll have it so. My steward!

Flavius

129
  1. Here, my lord.

Timon

130 - 132
  1. So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again,
  2. Lucius, Lucullus, and Semproniusall.
  3. I’ll once more feast the rascals.

Flavius

133 - 136
  1.                                   O my lord,
  2. You only speak from your distracted soul;
  3. There’s not so much left to furnish out
  4. A moderate table.

Timon

137 - 139
  1.                   Be it not in thy care;
  2. Go, I charge thee, invite them all, let in the tide
  3. Of knaves once more; my cook and I’ll provide.
  1. Exeunt.
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