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Timon of Athens
Act 5, 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 two other Senators, with a Messenger.

THIRD SENATOR 
 Thou hast painfully discovered. Are his files
 As full as thy report?
MESSENGER  I have spoke the least.
 Besides, his expedition promises
5 Present approach.

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Timon of Athens
ACT 5. SC. 3

FOURTH SENATOR 
 We stand much hazard if they bring not Timon.
MESSENGER 
 I met a courier, one mine ancient friend,
 Whom, though in general part we were opposed,
 Yet our old love made a particular force
10 And made us speak like friends. This man was riding
 From Alcibiades to Timon’s cave
 With letters of entreaty which imported
 His fellowship i’ th’ cause against your city,
 In part for his sake moved.

Enter the other Senators.

THIRD SENATOR 15 Here come our brothers.
FIRST SENATOR 
 No talk of Timon; nothing of him expect.
 The enemy’s drum is heard, and fearful scouring
 Doth choke the air with dust. In, and prepare.
 Ours is the fall, I fear, our foe’s the snare.
They exit.