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Apem. No; 'tis to thyself,—Come away. [To the Fool.
Isid. Serv. (to VARRO'S SERVANT]. There's the fool hangs on your back already.
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on him yet.
Apem. He last asked the question.-Poor rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want !
All Serv. What are we, Apemantus ?
Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do not know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, fool.
Fool. How do you, gentlemen ?
Fool. She's e’en setting on water to scald such chickens as you are. 'Would, we could see you at Corinth. Apem. Good! gramercy.
Page [to the Fool). Why, how now, captain ? what do you in this wise company?-How dost thou, Apemantus ?
Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I might answer thee profitably
Page. Pr’ythee, Apemantus, read me the superscription of these letters; I know not which is which.
Apem. Canst not read ?
Apem. There will little learning die then, that day thou art hanged. This is to lord Timon: this to Alcibiades. "Go; thou wast born a bastard, and thou’lt die a bawd.
Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shait famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone.
[Exit PAGE. Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, I will go with you to lord Timon's.
Fool. Will you leave me there?
Apem. So would I,- -as good a trick as ever hangman served thief.
Fool. Are you three usurers' men ? All Serv. Ay, fool.
Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his servant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. When men come to borrow of your masters, they approach sadly, and go away merry; but they enter my mistress house merrily, and go away sadly: The reason of this ?
Var. Serv. I could render one. Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a whoremaster, and a knave; which, notwithstanding, thou shalt be no less esteemed.
Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool?
spirit: sometime, it appears like a lord; sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, like a philosopher, with two stones more than his artificial one : He is very often like a knight; and, generally in all shapes, that man goes up and down in, from fourscore to thirteen, this spirit walks in.
Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool.
Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest.
Apem. That answer might have become Apemantus.
Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS.
Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, and woman; sometime, the philosopher. [Exeunt APEMANTUS and Fool. Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with you anon.
[Exeunt SERVANTS. Tim. You make me marvel: Wherefore, ere this time Had you not fully laid my state before me; That I might so have rated my expense, As I had leave of means ?
Flav. You would not hear me,
Tim. Go to:
Flav. O my good lord !
Flav. 'Tis all engaged, some forfeited and gone;
Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend.
Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood,
Tim. Prythee, no more.
Tim. Come, sermon me no further:
Flav. Assurance bless your thoughts!
Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other SERVANTS.
Tim. I will despatch you severally;- You, to lord Lucius,To lord Lucullus you: I hunted with his Honour to-day ;-You to Sempronius; Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, That my occasions have found time to use them Toward a supply of money: let the request Be fifty talents.
Flam. As you have said, my lord. Flav. Lord Lucius, and'lord Lucullus ? humph! [Aside. Tim. Go you, Sir [to another Serv.], to the senators, (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have Deserved this hearing), bid 'em send o’the instant A thousand talents to me. Flav. I have been bold * Culinary offices. + A turning stopple running to waste. * Composition of what they have in them, &c. Dignified.
(For that I knew it the most general * way),
Tim. Is't true ? can it be?
would; are sorry-you are honourable,–
Tim. You gods, reward them !--
sad, Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously I speak, No blame belongs to thee:-[ TO SERV.) Ventidius lately Buried his father; by whose death, he's stepp'd Into a great estaté: when he was poor, Imprison’d, and in scarcity of friends, I clear'd him with five talents; Greet him from me; Bid him suppose, some good necessity Touches his friend, which craves to be remember'd With those five talents : that had, -[To Flav.] give it these
fellow's To whom 'tis instant due. Ne'er speak, or think, That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink. Flav. I would, I could not think it; That thought is bounty's
foe; Being free** itself, it thinks all others so.
FLAMINIUS waiting. Enter a SERVANT to him.
Enter LUCULLUS. Serv. Here's my lord. Lucul. [aside). One of lord Timon's men ? a gift, I warrant. * Compendious. + At an ebb. * Attending to. Broken hints. | A cap slightly moved.
Ingenuously. ** Liberal
Why, this hits right; I dreamt of a silver basin and ewer tonight. Flaminius, honest Flaminius; you are very respectively * welcome, Sir.–Fill me some wine.-Exit SERVANT.] · And how does that honourable, complete, free-hearted gentleman of Athens, thy
very bountiful good lord and master ? Flam. His health is well, Sir.
Lucul. I am right glad that his health is well, Sir: And what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty Flaminius ?
Flam. 'Faith, nothing but an empty box, Sir; which, in my lord's behalf, I come to entreat your honour to supply; who, having great and instant occasion to use fifty talents, hath sent to your lordship to furnish him; nothing doubting your present assistance therein.
Lucul. La, la, la, la, -nothing doubting, says he ? alas, good lord ! a noble gentleman ʼtis, if he would not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I have 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 fault, and honesty † is his; I have told him on't, but I could never get him from it.
Re-enter SERVANT, with wine. Serv. Please your lordship, here is the wine.
Lucul. Flaminius, I have noted thee always wise. Here's to thee.
Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure.
Lucul. 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 thee.-Get you gone, Sirrah.-[To the SERVANT, who goes out.]-Draw nearer, honest Flaminius. Thy lord's a bountiful gentleman: but thou art wise; and thou knowest well enough, although thou comest to me, that this is no time to lend money; especially upon bare friendship, without security. Here's three solidares $ for thee; good boy, wink at me, and say thou saw'st me not. Fare thee well.
Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much differ;