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Act 3, scene 3
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Timon of Athens
Act 3, scene 3



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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 3
Enter a Third Servant of Timon’s with Sempronius,
another of Timon’s friends.

 Must he needs trouble me in ’t? Hum! ’Bove all others?
 He might have tried Lord Lucius or Lucullus;
 And now Ventidius is wealthy too,
 Whom he redeemed from prison. All these
5 Owes their estates unto him.
SERVANT My lord,
 They have all been touched and found base metal,
 For they have all denied him.
SEMPRONIUS How? Have they denied him?
10 Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him,
 And does he send to me? Three? Humh!

Timon of Athens
ACT 3. SC. 3

 It shows but little love or judgment in him.
 Must I be his last refuge? His friends, like physicians,
 Thrive, give him over. Must I take th’ cure upon me?
15 Has much disgraced me in ’t. I’m angry at him
 That might have known my place. I see no sense for ’t
 But his occasions might have wooed me first;
 For, in my conscience, I was the first man
 That e’er received gift from him.
20 And does he think so backwardly of me now
 That I’ll requite it last? No.
 So it may prove an argument of laughter
 To th’ rest, and I ’mongst lords be thought a fool.
 I’d rather than the worth of thrice the sum
25 Had sent to me first, but for my mind’s sake;
 I’d such a courage to do him good. But now return,
 And with their faint reply this answer join:
 Who bates mine honor shall not know my coin.
He exits.
SERVANT Excellent! Your Lordship’s a goodly villain.
30 The devil knew not what he did when he made
 man politic. He crossed himself by ’t, and I cannot
 think but, in the end, the villainies of man will set
 him clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear
 foul! Takes virtuous copies to be wicked, like those
35 that under hot ardent zeal would set whole realms
 on fire.
 Of such a nature is his politic love.
 This was my lord’s best hope. Now all are fled,
 Save only the gods. Now his friends are dead,
40 Doors that were ne’er acquainted with their wards
 Many a bounteous year must be employed
 Now to guard sure their master.
 And this is all a liberal course allows:
 Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house.
He exits.