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Tim. Why dost thou call them knaves ? thou know'st
Apem. Of nothing so much, as that I am not like Timon.
Tim. Whither art going?
Apem. He wrought better, that made the painter; and yet he's but a filthy piece of work.
Pain. You are a dog.
APEm. Thy mother's of my generation; What's she, if I be a dog ?
Tim. Wilt dine with me, Apemantus ?
a man a doit.
Tim. What dost thou think 'tis worth?
APEM. Thou lieft.
Apem. Then thou lieft : look in thy last work, where thou hast feign’d him a worthy fellow.
Poet. That's not feign’d, he is fo.
Apem. Yes, he is worthy of thee, and to pay thee for thy labour : He, that loves to be flatter'd, is worthy o'the flatterer. Heavens, that I were a lord !
Tim. What would'st do then, Apemantus ?
Tim. What, thyself?
Apem. That I had no angry wit to be a lord.—Art not thou a merchant ?
Mer. Ay, Apemantus.
Trumpets found. Enter a SERVANT.
[Exeunt fome Attendants. You must needs dine with me:-Go not you hence, Till I have thank'd you; and, when dinner's done, Show me this piece.--I am joyful of your sights.
Enter ALCIBIADES, with his Company. Most welcome, fir !
[They falute. APEM. So, so ; there! Aches contract and starve your supple joints ! That there should be small love 'mongst these sweetknaves, And all this court'sy! The strain of man's bred out Into baboon and monkey.
ALCIB. Sir, you have sav'd my longing, and I feed
Tim. Right welcome, sir :
[Exeunt all but APEMANTUS.
Enter two LORDS. i Lord. What time a day is't, Apemantus ? APEM. Time to be honest. I Lord. That time serves still. Apem. The most accursed thou, that still omit'st it. 2 Lord. Thou art going to lord Timon's feaft, Apem. Ay; to see meat fill knaves, and wine heat fools. 2 Lord. Fare thee well, fare thee well. Apem. Thou art a fool, to bid me farewell twice. 2 Lord. Why, Apemantus ?
Apem. Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for I mean to give thee none.
i Lord. Hang thyself.
Apem. No, I will do nothing at thy bidding : make thy requests to thy friend.
2 LORD. Away, unpeaceable dog, or I'll spurn thee hence.
Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of the ass. [Exit,
i Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall we in, And ta te lord Timon's bounty ? he outgoes
The very heart of kindness, .
2 Lord. He pours it out; Plutus, the god of gold,
I Lord. The noblest mind he carries,
2 Lord. Long may he live in fortunes! Shall we in? i Lord. I'll keep you company.
SCENE II. The same. A Room of State in Timon's House. Hauthoys playing loud musick. A great banquet served in ;
Flavius and others attending ; then enter Timon, AlCIBIADES, LUCIUS, LUCULLUS, SEMPRONIUS, and other Athenian Senators, with VENTIDIUS and Attendants. Then comes, dropping after all, APEMANTUS, difcontentedly.
Ven. Most honour'd Timon, 't hath pleased the gods
Tim. O, by no means,
[They all fand ceremoniously looking on Timon.
Tim. Nay, my lords, ceremony
Tim. Fie, thou art a churl; you have got a humour there
Apem. Let me stay at thine own peril, Timon .;
Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou art an Athenian; therefore welcome: I myself would have no power: 'pr’ythee, let my meat make thee filent.
Apem. I scorn thy meat; 'twould choke me, for I should