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Act 3, scene 1
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Timon of Athens
Act 3, 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 Flaminius waiting to speak with Lucullus,
from his master.

Enter a Servant to him.

SERVANT I have told my lord of you. He is coming
 down to you.
FLAMINIUS I thank you, sir.

Enter Lucullus.

SERVANT Here’s my lord.
LUCULLUS, aside 5One of Lord Timon’s men? A gift, I
 warrant. Why, this hits right. I dreamt of a silver
 basin and ewer tonight.—Flaminius, honest
 Flaminius, you are very respectively welcome, sir.
 (To Servant.) Fill me some wine.(Servant exits.)
10 And how does that honorable, complete, free-hearted
 gentleman of Athens, thy very bountiful
 good lord and master?
FLAMINIUS His health is well, sir.
LUCULLUS I am right glad that his health is well, sir.
15 And what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty
FLAMINIUS Faith, nothing but an empty box, sir, which
 in my lord’s behalf I come to entreat your Honor
 to supply; who, having great and instant occasion

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 1

20 to use fifty talents, hath sent to your Lordship to
 furnish him, nothing doubting your present assistance
LUCULLUS La, la, la, la. “Nothing doubting” says he?
 Alas, good lord! A noble gentleman ’tis, if he would
25 not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I
 ha’ dined with him and told him on ’t, and come
 again to supper to him of purpose to have him
 spend less, and yet he would embrace no counsel,
 take no warning by my coming. Every man has his
30 fault, and honesty is his. I ha’ told him on ’t, but I
 could ne’er get him from ’t.

Enter Servant with wine.

SERVANT Please your Lordship, here is the wine.
LUCULLUS Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise.
 Here’s to thee.He drinks.
FLAMINIUS 35Your Lordship speaks your pleasure.
LUCULLUS I have observed thee always for a towardly
 prompt spirit—give thee thy due—and one that
 knows what belongs to reason and canst use the
 time well, if the time use thee well. Good parts in
40 thee.—Get you gone, sirrah.Servant exits.
 Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord’s a bountiful
 gentleman, but thou art wise and thou
 know’st well enough, although thou com’st to me,
 that this is no time to lend money, especially upon
45 bare friendship, without security. Here’s three solidares
 for thee. (Gives him money.) Good boy,
 wink at me, and say thou saw’st me not. Fare thee
 Is ’t possible the world should so much differ,
50 And we alive that lived? Fly, damnèd baseness,
 To him that worships thee!
He throws the money back at Lucullus.

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ACT 3. SC. 2

LUCULLUS Ha! Now I see thou art a fool and fit for thy
 master.Lucullus exits.
 May these add to the number that may scald thee!
55 Let molten coin be thy damnation,
 Thou disease of a friend and not himself!
 Has friendship such a faint and milky heart
 It turns in less than two nights? O you gods,
 I feel my master’s passion. This slave
60 Unto his honor has my lord’s meat in him.
 Why should it thrive and turn to nutriment
 When he is turned to poison?
 O, may diseases only work upon ’t,
 And when he’s sick to death, let not that part of
65 nature
 Which my lord paid for be of any power
 To expel sickness, but prolong his hour.
He exits.