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Timon of Athens
Act 2, scene 1

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In Timon of Athens, Lord Timon discovers the limits of wealth and friendship. He spends freely on others and hosts banquets…

Act 1, scene 1

The stage fills with suitors to and admirers of Lord Timon. When he arrives, he spends lavishly in freeing a…

Act 1, scene 2

Timon lavishly entertains friends and suitors with food and drink and a masque of Cupid and Amazons, and displays his…

Act 2, scene 1

A senator, predicting the end of Timon’s days of glory, sends a servant to Timon to collect overdue loans.

Act 2, scene 2

Servants of Timon’s creditors gather and confront Timon, demanding immediate repayment of loans. Learning that he is bankrupt, Timon dispatches…

Act 3, scene 1

Timon’s servant Flaminius approaches Timon’s friend Lucullus for money and is denied.

Act 3, scene 2

Timon’s servant Servilius approaches Timon’s friend Lucius for money and is refused. Three strangers condemn the ingratitude of Timon’s “friends”…

Act 3, scene 3

Timon’s servant approaches Timon’s friend Sempronius for money and is refused.

Act 3, scene 4

The servants of Timon’s creditors gather at his gates. He confronts them in a rage and, after they are gone,…

Act 3, scene 5

Alcibiades pleads in vain before three Athenian senators for the life of one of his soldiers. Frustrated at being denied,…

Act 3, scene 6

Timon’s friends come to dinner again, but this time he serves them only water and stones and drives them away.

Act 4, scene 1

Timon abandons Athens and retires to the woods.

Act 4, scene 2

Flavius shares his remaining money with his fellow servants as they disperse.

Act 4, scene 3

Timon, digging for roots to eat, finds gold. He is visited by Alcibiades and his concubines, to whom he gives…

Act 5, scene 1

Timon is visited by the Poet and the Painter seeking the gold Timon is now rumored to possess. After he…

Act 5, scene 2

Athens learns that it will surely fall to Alcibiades. Its senators seek shelter behind its walls.

Act 5, scene 3

One of Alcibiades’ soldiers discovers Timon’s tomb and, since he cannot read Timon’s epitaph, he resolves to bring a wax…

Act 5, scene 4

A victorious Alcibiades listens to the apologies of the senators and agrees to the conditions they set. Athens then opens…

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Scene 1
Enter a Senator, with papers.

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

Enter Caphis.

CAPHIS 15 Here, sir. What is your pleasure?
SENATOR 
 Get on your cloak and haste you to Lord Timon.
 Importune him for my moneys. Be not ceased
 With slight denial, nor then silenced when
 “Commend me to your master” and the cap
20 Plays in the right hand thus; but tell him
 My uses cry to me. I must serve my turn
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Timon of Athens
ACT 2. SC. 2

 Out of mine own. His days and times are past,
 And my reliances on his fracted dates
 Have smit my credit. I love and honor him
25 But must not break my back to heal his finger.
 Immediate are my needs, and my relief
 Must not be tossed and turned to me in words
 But find supply immediate. Get you gone.
 Put on a most importunate aspect,
30 A visage of demand, for I do fear
 When every feather sticks in his own wing
 Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
 Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.
CAPHIS I go, sir.
SENATOR 
35 “I go, sir”? Take the bonds along with you
 And have the dates in. Come.
He hands Caphis papers.
CAPHIS  I will, sir.
SENATOR  Go.
They exit.