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Timon of Athens
Act 3, scene 2

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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 2
Enter Lucius, with three Strangers.

LUCIUS Who, the Lord Timon? He is my very good
 friend and an honorable gentleman.
FIRST STRANGER We know him for no less, though we
 are but strangers to him. But I can tell you one
5 thing, my lord, and which I hear from common
 rumors: now Lord Timon’s happy hours are done
 and past, and his estate shrinks from him.
LUCIUS Fie, no, do not believe it. He cannot want for
 money.
SECOND STRANGER 10But believe you this, my lord, that
 not long ago one of his men was with the Lord
 Lucullus to borrow fifty talents, nay, urged
 extremely for ’t, and showed what necessity
 belonged to ’t, and yet was denied.

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LUCIUS 15How?
SECOND STRANGER I tell you, denied, my lord.
LUCIUS What a strange case was that! Now, before the
 gods, I am ashamed on ’t. Denied that honorable
 man? There was very little honor showed in ’t. For
20 my own part, I must needs confess I have received
 some small kindnesses from him, as money, plate,
 jewels, and suchlike trifles, nothing comparing to
 his; yet had he mistook him and sent to me, I
 should ne’er have denied his occasion fifty talents.

Enter Servilius.

SERVILIUS, aside 25See, by good hap, yonder’s my lord.
 I have sweat to see his Honor. To Lucius. My
 honored lord.
LUCIUS Servilius. You are kindly met, sir. Fare thee
 well. Commend me to thy honorable virtuous lord,
30 my very exquisite friend.He turns to exit.
SERVILIUS May it please your Honor, my lord hath
 sent—
LUCIUS Ha! What has he sent? I am so much endeared
 to that lord; he’s ever sending. How shall I thank
35 him, think’st thou? And what has he sent now?
SERVILIUS Has only sent his present occasion now, my
 lord, requesting your Lordship to supply his
 instant use with fifty talents.
LUCIUS 
 I know his Lordship is but merry with me.
40 He cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
SERVILIUS 
 But in the meantime he wants less, my lord.
 If his occasion were not virtuous,
 I should not urge it half so faithfully.
LUCIUS 
 Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius?
SERVILIUS 45Upon my soul, ’tis true, sir.

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LUCIUS What a wicked beast was I to disfurnish
 myself against such a good time, when I might ha’
 shown myself honorable! How unluckily it happened
 that I should purchase the day before for a
50 little part, and undo a great deal of honor! Servilius,
 now before the gods, I am not able to do—the
 more beast, I say!—I was sending to use Lord
 Timon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I
 would not for the wealth of Athens I had done ’t
55 now. Commend me bountifully to his good Lordship,
 and I hope his Honor will conceive the fairest
 of me, because I have no power to be kind. And tell
 him this from me: I count it one of my greatest
 afflictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an honorable
60 gentleman. Good Servilius, will you
 befriend me so far as to use mine own words to
 him?
SERVILIUS Yes, sir, I shall.
LUCIUS I’ll look you out a good turn, Servilius.
Servilius exits.
65 True, as you said, Timon is shrunk indeed,
 And he that’s once denied will hardly speed.
He exits.
FIRST STRANGER Do you observe this, Hostilius?
SECOND STRANGER Ay, too well.
FIRST STRANGER 
 Why, this is the world’s soul, and just of the same
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 Is every flatterer’s sport. Who can call him his friend
 That dips in the same dish? For, in my knowing,
 Timon has been this lord’s father
 And kept his credit with his purse,
75 Supported his estate, nay, Timon’s money
 Has paid his men their wages. He ne’er drinks
 But Timon’s silver treads upon his lip.
 And yet—O, see the monstrousness of man

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 When he looks out in an ungrateful shape!—
80 He does deny him, in respect of his,
 What charitable men afford to beggars.
THIRD STRANGER 
 Religion groans at it.
FIRST STRANGER  For mine own part,
 I never tasted Timon in my life,
85 Nor came any of his bounties over me
 To mark me for his friend. Yet I protest,
 For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue,
 And honorable carriage,
 Had his necessity made use of me,
90 I would have put my wealth into donation,
 And the best half should have returned to him,
 So much I love his heart. But I perceive
 Men must learn now with pity to dispense,
 For policy sits above conscience.
They exit.