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Timon of Athens: Act III, Scene 6

Timon of Athens
Act III, Scene 6

Athens. A banqueting-room in Timon’s house.

  1. Music. Tables set out: Servants attending.
  1. Enter divers friends of Timon, Senators and other Lords, at
  2. several doors.

First Lord

1
  1. The good time of day to you, sir.

Second Lord

2 - 3
  1. I also wish it to you. I think this honorable lord did but
  2. try us this other day.

First Lord

4 - 6
  1. Upon that were my thoughts tiring when we encount’red. I
  2. hope it is not so low with him as he made it seem in the
  3. trial of his several friends.

Second Lord

7
  1. It should not be, by the persuasion of his new feasting.

First Lord

8 - 10
  1. I should think so. He hath sent me an earnest inviting,
  2. which many my near occasions did urge me to put off; but he
  3. hath conjur’d me beyond them, and I must needs appear.

Second Lord

11 - 13
  1. In like manner was I in debt to my importunate business, but
  2. he would not hear my excuse. I am sorry, when he sent to
  3. borrow of me, that my provision was out.

First Lord

14 - 15
  1. I am sick of that grief too, as I understand how all things
  2. go.

Second Lord

16
  1. Every man here’s so. What would he have borrow’d of you?

First Lord

17
  1. A thousand pieces.

Second Lord

18
  1. A thousand pieces?

First Lord

19
  1. What of you?

Second Lord

20
  1. He sent to me, sirHere he comes.
  1. Enter Timon and Attendants.

Timon

21
  1. With all my heart, gentlemen both; and how fare you?

First Lord

22
  1. Ever at the best, hearing well of your lordship.

Second Lord

23 - 24
  1. The swallow follows not summer more willing than we your
  2. lordship.

Timon

25 - 29
  1. Aside.
  2. Nor more willingly leaves winter, such summer birds are
  3. men.—Gentlemen, our dinner will not recompense this long
  4. stay; feast your ears with the music awhile, if they will
  5. fare so harshly o’ th’ trumpet’s sound; we shall to’t
  6. presently.

First Lord

30 - 31
  1. I hope it remains not unkindly with your lordship that I
  2. return’d you an empty messenger.

Timon

32
  1. O, sir, let it not trouble you.

Second Lord

33
  1. My noble lord

Timon

34
  1. Ah, my good friend, what cheer?
  1. The banquet brought in.

Second Lord

35 - 37
  1. My most honorable lord, I am e’en sick of shame that, when
  2. your lordship this other day sent to me, I was so
  3. unfortunate a beggar.

Timon

38
  1. Think not on’t, sir.

Second Lord

39
  1. If you had sent but two hours before

Timon

40 - 41
  1. Let it not cumber your better remembrance.—Come, bring in
  2. all together!

Second Lord

42
  1. All cover’d dishes!

First Lord

43
  1. Royal cheer, I warrant you.

Third Lord

44
  1. Doubt not that, if money and the season can yield it.

First Lord

45
  1. How do you? What’s the news?

Third Lord

46
  1. Alcibiades is banish’d: hear you of it?

Both First and Second Lords

47
  1. Alcibiades banish’d?

Third Lord

48
  1. ’Tis so, be sure of it.

First Lord

49
  1. How? How?

Second Lord

50
  1. I pray you, upon what?

Timon

51
  1. My worthy friends, will you draw near?

Third Lord

52
  1. I’ll tell you more anon. Here’s a noble feast toward.

Second Lord

53
  1. This is the old man still.

Third Lord

54
  1. Will’t hold? Will’t hold?

Second Lord

55
  1. It does; but time willand so

Third Lord

56
  1. I do conceive.

Timon

57 - 76
  1. Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip
  2. of his mistress; your diet shall be in all places alike.
  3. Make not a city feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can
  4. agree upon the first place; sit, sit. The gods require our
  5. thanks.
  6. You great benefactors, sprinkle our society with
  7. thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves prais’d;
  8. but reserve still to give, lest your deities be despis’d.
  9. Lend to each man enough, that one need not lend to another;
  10. for were your godheads to borrow of men, men would forsake
  11. the gods. Make the meat be belov’d more than the man that
  12. gives it. Let no assembly of twenty be without a score of
  13. villains. If there sit twelve women at the table, let a
  14. dozen of them beas they are. The rest of your fees, O
  15. godsthe senators of Athens, together with the common lag of
  16. peoplewhat is amiss in them, you gods, make suitable for
  17. destruction. For these my present friends, as they are to me
  18. nothing, so in nothing bless them, and to nothing are they
  19. welcome.
  20. Uncover, dogs, and lap!
  1. The dishes are uncovered and seen to be full of warm water.

Both First and Second Lords

77
  1. What does his lordship mean?

Both Third and Fourth Lords

78
  1. I know not.

Timon

79 - 97
  1. May you a better feast never behold,
  2. You knot of mouth-friends! Smoke and lukewarm water
  3. Is your perfection. This is Timon’s last,
  4. Who, stuck and spangled with your flatteries,
  5. Washes it off, and sprinkles in your faces
  6. Your reeking villainy.
  7. Throwing the water in their faces.
  8. Live loath’d, and long,
  9. Most smiling, smooth, detested parasites,
  10. Courteous destroyers, affable wolves, meek bears,
  11. You fools of fortune, trencher-friends, time’s flies,
  12. Cap-and-knee slaves, vapors, and minute-jacks!
  13. Of man and beast the infinite malady
  14. Crust you quite o’er! What, dost thou go?
  15. Soft, take thy physic firstthou tooand thou;
  16. Stay, I will lend thee money, borrow none.
  17. Throws the dishes at them, and drives them out.
  18. What? All in motion? Henceforth be no feast
  19. Whereat a villain’s not a welcome guest.
  20. Burn house! Sink Athens! Henceforth hated be
  21. Of Timon man and all humanity!
  1. Exit.
  1. Enter the Senators with other Lords again.

First Lord

98
  1. How now, my lords?

Second Lord

99
  1. Know you the quality of Lord Timon’s fury?

Third Lord

100
  1. Push, did you see my cap?

Fourth Lord

101
  1. I have lost my gown.

First Lord

102 - 104
  1. He’s but a mad lord, and nought but humors sways him. He
  2. gave me a jewel th’ other day, and now he has beat it out of
  3. my hat. Did you see my jewel?

Third Lord

105
  1. Did you see my cap?

Second Lord

106
  1. Here ’tis,

Fourth Lord

107
  1. Here lies my gown.

First Lord

108
  1. Let’s make no stay.

Second Lord

109
  1. Lord Timon’s mad.

Third Lord

110
  1.                   I feel’t upon my bones.

Fourth Lord

111
  1. One day he gives us diamonds, next day stones.
  1. Exeunt the Senators and other Lords.
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