Act III, Scene 3 A room in Sempronius' house.

Enter SEMPRONIUS, and a Servant of TIMON's

 

SEMPRONIUS 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 redeem'd from prison: all these
Owe their estates unto him.
Servant My lord,
They have all been touch'd and found base metal, for
They have au denied him.
SEMPRONIUS How! have they denied him?
Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?
And does he send to me? Three? hum!
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 the cure upon me?
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 occasion might have woo'd me first;
For, in my conscience, I was the first man
That e'er received gift from him:
And does he think so backwardly of me now,
That I'll requite its last? No:
So it may prove an argument of laughter
To the rest, and 'mongst lords I be thought a fool.
I'ld rather than the worth of thrice the sum,
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 honour shall not know my coin.
  [Exit]
Servant Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. 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 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,
Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards
Many a bounteous year must be employ'd
Now to guard sure their master.
And this is all a liberal course allows;
Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house.
  [Exit]

 

Act III, Scene 4 The same. A hall in Timon's house.

Enter two Servants of Varro, and the Servant of
LUCIUS, meeting TITUS, HORTENSIUS, and other
Servants of TIMON's creditors, waiting his coming out

 

Varro's
First Servant

Well met; good morrow, Titus and Hortensius.
TITUS The like to you kind Varro.
HORTENSIUS Lucius!
What, do we meet together?
Lucilius' Servant Ay, and I think
One business does command us all; for mine Is money.
TITUS So is theirs and ours.
  [Enter PHILOTUS]
Lucilius' Servant And Sir Philotus too!
PHILOTUS Good day at once.
Lucilius' Servant Welcome, good brother.
What do you think the hour?
PHILOTUS Labouring for nine.
Lucilius' Servant So much?
PHILOTUS Is not my lord seen yet?
Lucilius' Servant Not yet.
PHILOTUS I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at seven.
Lucilius' Servant Ay, but the days are wax'd shorter with him:
You must consider that a prodigal course
Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable.
I fear 'tis deepest winter in Lord Timon's purse;
That is one may reach deep enough, and yet
Find little.
PHILOTUS I am of your fear for that.
TITUS I'll show you how to observe a strange event.
Your lord sends now for money.
HORTENSIUS Most true, he does.
TITUS And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift,
For which I wait for money.
HORTENSIUS It is against my heart.
Lucilius' Servant Mark, how strange it shows,
Timon in this should pay more than he owes:
And e'en as if your lord should wear rich jewels,
And send for money for 'em.
HORTENSIUS I'm weary of this charge, the gods can witness:
I know my lord hath spent of Timon's wealth,
And now ingratitude makes it worse than stealth.
Varro's
First Servant

Yes, mine's three thousand crowns: what's yours?
Lucilius' Servant Five thousand mine.
Varro's
First Servant

'Tis much deep: and it should seem by the sun,
Your master's confidence was above mine;
Else, surely, his had equall'd.
  Enter FLAMINIUS.
TITUS One of Lord Timon's men.
Lucilius' Servant Flaminius! Sir, a word: pray, is my lord ready to
come forth?
FLAMINIUS No, indeed, he is not.
TITUS We attend his lordship; pray, signify so much.
FLAMINIUS I need not tell him that; he knows you are too diligent.
  [Exit]
  [Enter FLAVIUS in a cloak, muffled]
Lucilius' Servant Ha! is not that his steward muffled so?
He goes away in a cloud: call him, call him.
TITUS Do you hear, sir?
Varro's
Second Servant

By your leave, sir,--
FLAVIUS What do ye ask of me, my friend?
TITUS We wait for certain money here, sir.
FLAVIUS Ay,
If money were as certain as your waiting,
'Twere sure enough.
Why then preferr'd you not your sums and bills,
When your false masters eat of my lord's meat?
Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts
And take down the interest into their
gluttonous maws.
You do yourselves but wrong to stir me up;
Let me pass quietly:
Believe 't, my lord and I have made an end;
I have no more to reckon, he to spend.
Lucilius' Servant Ay, but this answer will not serve.
FLAVIUS If 'twill not serve,'tis not so base as you;
For you serve knaves.
  [Exit]
Varro's
First Servant

How! what does his cashiered worship mutter?
Varro's
Second Servant

No matter what; he's poor, and that's revenge
enough. Who can speak broader than he that has no
house to put his head in? such may rail against
great buildings.
  [Enter SERVILIUS]
TITUS O, here's Servilius; now we shall know some answer.
SERVILIUS If I might beseech you, gentlemen, to repair some
other hour, I should derive much from't; for,
take't of my soul, my lord leans wondrously to
discontent: his comfortable temper has forsook him;
he's much out of health, and keeps his chamber.
Lucilius' Servant Many do keep their chambers are not sick:
And, if it be so far beyond his health,
Methinks he should the sooner pay his debts,
And make a clear way to the gods.
SERVILIUS Good gods!
TITUS We cannot take this for answer, sir.
FLAMINIUS [Within] Servilius, help! My lord! my lord!
  [Enter TIMON, in a rage, FLAMINIUS following]
TIMON What, are my doors opposed against my passage?
Have I been ever free, and must my house
Be my retentive enemy, my gaol?
The place which I have feasted, does it now,
Like all mankind, show me an iron heart?
Lucilius' Servant Put in now, Titus.
TITUS My lord, here is my bill.
Lucilius' Servant Here's mine.
HORTENSIUS And mine, my lord.
Both
Varro's Servants

And ours, my lord.
PHILOTUS All our bills.
TIMON Knock me down with 'em: cleave me to the girdle.
Lucilius' Servant Alas, my lord,-
TIMON Cut my heart in sums.
TITUS Mine, fifty talents.
TIMON Tell out my blood.
Lucilius' Servant Five thousand crowns, my lord.
TIMON Five thousand drops pays that.
What yours?--and yours?
Varro's
First Servant

My lord,--
Varro's
Second Servant

My lord,--
TIMON Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon you!
  [Exit]
HORTENSIUS 'Faith, I perceive our masters may throw their caps
at their money: these debts may well be called
desperate ones, for a madman owes 'em.
  [Exeunt]
  [Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS]
TIMON They have e'en put my breath from me, the slaves.
Creditors? devils!
FLAVIUS My dear lord,--
TIMON What if it should be so?
FLAVIUS My lord,--
TIMON I'll have it so. My steward!
FLAVIUS Here, my lord.
TIMON So fitly? Go, bid all my friends again,
Lucius, Lucullus, and Sempronius:
All, sirrah, all:
I'll once more feast the rascals.
FLAVIUS O my lord,
You only speak from your distracted soul;
There is not so much left, to furnish out
A moderate table.
TIMON Be't not in thy care; go,
I charge thee, invite them all: let in the tide
Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.
  [Exeunt]

 

To see other scenes from the show:

Full Text Act III, Scene 5 The Senate house.
Act I, Scene 1 Athens.  A hall in Timon's house. Act III, Scene 6 A banqueting room in Timon's house.
Act I, Scene 2 A banqueting room in Timon's house. Act IV, Scene 1 Without the walls of Athens/Act IV, Scene 2 Athena A room in Timon's hall.
Act II, Scene 1 A Senator's house/Act II, Scene 2 A hall in Timon's house. Act IV, Scene 3 Woods and Cave near seashore.
Act III, Scene 1 A room in Lucullus' house. Act V, Scene 1 The woods before the cave.
Act III, Scene 2 A public place. Act V, Scene 2 Before the walls of Athens/Act V, Scene 3 The woods.
Act III, Scene 3 A room in Sempronius house./Act III, Scene 4 A hall in Timon's house. Act V, Scene 4 Before the walls of Athens.

 

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