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2 Lord. Why, Apemantus ?

|| Go, let him have a table by himself; Apem. Shouldst have kept one to thyself, for 1 For he does neither affect company, mean to give thee none.

Nor is he fit for it, indeed. 1 Lord. Hang thyself.

Apem. Let me stay at thine own peril, Timon ; Apem. No, I will do nothing at thy bidding ; || I come to observe; I give thee warning on't. nake thy requests to thy friend.

Tim. I take no heed of thee; thou art an Athe2 Lord. Away, unpeaceable dog, or I'll spurnnian; therefore welcome: I myself would have no thee hence.

power: pr’ythee, let my meat make thee silent. Apem. I will fly, like a dog, the heels of the ass. Apem. I scorn thy meat; 'twould choke me, for


I should 1 Lord. He's opposite to humanity. Come, shall Ne'er flatter thee.- you gods ! what a number we in,

Of men eat Timon, and he sees them not! And taste lord Timon's bounty ? he outgoes It grieves me, to see so many dip their meat The very heart of kindness.

In one man's blood; and all the madness is, 2 Lord. He pours it out; Plutus, the god of gold, He cheers them up too.4 Is but bis steward : no meed, but he repays I wonder, men dare trust themselves with men: Sevenfold above itself; no gift to him,

Methinks they should invite them without knives; But breeds the giver a return exceeding

Good for their meat and safer for their lives. All use of quittance.2.

There's much example for't; the fellow, that I Lord.

The noblest mind he carries, Sits next him now, parts bread with him, and pledges That ever govern'd man.

The breath of him in a divided draught, 2 Lord. \Long may he live in fortunes! Shall Is the readiest man to kill him : it has been prov'd. we in

If I 1 Lord. I'll keep you company.

(Exeunt. Were a huge man, I should fear to drink at meals;

Lest they should spy my windpipe's dangerous SCENE II.-The same. A room of state in Timon's house. Hautboys playing loud music. Great men should drink with harnesss on their A great banquet served in; Flavius and others

throats. attending; then enter Timon, Alcibiades, Lu

Tim. My lord, in heart;6 and let the health go cius, Lucullus, Sempronius, and other Athenian

round. Senators, with Ventidius, and attendants. Then

2 Lord. Let it flow this way, my good lord. comes, dropping after all, Apemantus, discon


Flow this way! tentedly.

A brave fellow !he keeps his tides well. Timon, V'en. Most honour'd Timon, 't hath pleas'd the Those healths will make thee, and thy state look ill. gods remember

Here's that, which is too weak to be a sinner, My father's age, and call him to long peace. Honest water, which ne'er left man i'the mire : He is gone happy, and has left me rich:

This, and my food, are equals; there's no odds. Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound

Feasts are too proud to give thanks to the gods.
To your free heart, I do return thcse talents,
Doubled, with thanks, and service, from whose help

I deriv'd liberty.
O, by no means,

Immortal gods, I crave no pelf;
Honest Ventidius: you mistake my love ;

I pray for no man,

but myself : I gave it freely ever; and there's none

Grant I may never prove so fond,?
Can truly say, he gives, if he receives :

To trust man on his oath or bond;
If our betters play at that game, we must not dare Or a harlot, for her weeping;
To imitate them; Faults that are rich, are fair.

Or a dog, that seems a sleeping;
Ven. A noble spirit.

Or a keeper with my freedom; [They all stand ceremoniously looking on Timon. Or my friends, if I should need 'em. Tim.

Nay, my lords, ceremony Amen. So fall to't : Was but devis'd at first, to set a gloss

Rich men sin, and I eat root. On faint deeds, hollow welcomes,

(Eats and drinks, Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown; But where there is true friendship, there needs || Much good dich thy good heart, A pemantus !

Tim. Captain Alcibiades, your heart's in the field Pray, sit; more welcome are ye to my fortunes, Than my fortunes to me.

[They sit

Alcib. My heart is ever at your service, my lord. 1 Lord. My lord, we always have confessd it.

Tim. You had rather be at a breakfast of enemies,

than a dinner of friends. Apem. Ho, ho, confess'd it? hang'd it, have you not?

Alcib. So they were bleeding-new, my lord, there's Tim. O, A pemantus !-you are welcome.

no meat like them; I could wish my best friend at

such a feast. Apem.

No, You shall not make me welcome :

Apem. 'Would all those flatterers were thine eneI come to have thee thrust me out of doors.

mies then; that then thou might'st kill 'em, and bid

me to 'em. Tim. Fie, thou art a churl ; you have got a humour there

1 Lord. Might we but have that happiness, my Does not become a man, 'tis much to blame :

lord, that you would once use our hearts, whereby They say, my lords, that ira furor brevis est,3 But yond' man's ever angry.

(4) The allusion is to a pack of hounds trained

to pursuit, by being gratified with the blood of an (1) Meed her means desert.

animal which they kill; and the wonder is, that the i. e. All the customary returns made in dis-animal, on which they are feeding, cheers them to charge of obligations.

the chase. (3) Anger is a short madness.

(5) Armour. (6) With sincerity. (7) Foolish,



you been

we might express some part of our zeals, we should || Not one spurn to their graves of their friends' gift? think ourselves for ever perfect.!

I should fear, those that dance before me now Tim. O, no doubt, my good friends, but the godsWould one day stamp upon me: It has been done ; themselves have provided that I shall have much | Men shut their doors against a setting sun. help from you: How had my friends else? why have you that charitable2 title from thousands, The Lords rise from table, with much adoring of did you not chiefly belong to my heart? I have told

Timon; and, to show their loves, each singles more of you to myself, than you can with modesty

out an Amazon, and all dance, men with women; speak in your own behalf; and thus far I confirm

a lofty'strain or two to the hautboys, and cease. you. O, you gods, think I, what need we have any Tim. You have done our pleasures much grace, friends, if we should never have need of them? they

fair ladies, were the most needless creatures living, should we Set a fair fashion on our entertainment, ne'er have use for them: and would most resemble Which was not half so beautiful and kind; sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep their You have added worth unto't, and lively lustre, sounds to themselves. Why, I have often wished || And entertain'd me with mine own device; myself poorer, that I might come nearer to you. I am to thank you for it. We are born to do benefits : and what better or 1 Lady. My lord, you take us even at the best. properer can we call our own, than the riches of Apem. 'Faith, for the worst is filthy ; and would our friends ? O, what a precious comfort 'tis, to have not hold taking, I doubt me. so many, like brothers, commanding one another's Tim. Ladies, there is an idle banquet fortunes! O joy, e'en made away ere it can be born! || Attends you: Please you to dispose yourselves. Mine eyes cannot hold out water, methinks : to for- All Lad. Most thankfully, my lord. get their faults, I drink to you.

(Exeunt Cupid, and Ladies. Apem. Thou weepest to make them drink, Timon.

Tim. Flavius, 2 Lord. Joy had the like conception in our eyes, Flav. My lord. And, at that instant, like a babe sprung up:

Tim. The little casket bring me hither. Apem. Ho, ho! I laugh to think that babe a Flav. Yes, my lord.-- More jewels yet! bastard.

There is no crossing him in his humour; (Aside. 3 Lord. I promise you, my lord, you mov'd me Else I should tell him,- Well, --I'faith, I should, much.

When all's spent, he'd be cross'do then, an he could. Apem. Much !3

(Tucket sounded. || 'Tis pity, bounty had not eyes behind; Tim. What means that trump?-How now? That man might ne'er be wretched for his mind.s Enter a Servant.

(Exit, and returns with the casket.

1 Lord. Where be our men? Serv. Please you, my lord, there are certain la- Serv.

Here, my lord, in readiness. dies most desirous of admittance.

2 Lord. Our horses. Tim. Ladies ? what are their wills ?


O my friends, I have one word Serv. There comes with them a forerunner, myTo say to you :-Look you, my good lord, I must lord, which bears that office, to signify their plea- Entreat you, honour me so much, as to

Advance this jewel ;
Tim. I pray, let them be admitted.

Accept, and wear it, kind my lord.
Enter Cupid.

1 Lord. I am so far already in your gifts

All. So are we all.
Cupid. Hail to thee, worthy Timon;-and to all
That of his bounties taste! The five best senses

Enter a Servant.
Acknowledge thee their patron; and come freely Serv. My lord, there are certain nobles of the
To gratulate thy plenteous bosom: The ear,

Taste, touch, smell, all pleas'd from thy table rise; || Newly alighted, and come to visit you.
They only now come but to feast thine eyes. Tim. They are fairly welcome.
Tim. They are welcome all; let them have kind Flav.

I beseech your honour, admittance :

Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near. Music, make their welcome. (Exit Cupid. Tim. Near? why then another time I'll hear thee : 1 Lord. You see, my lord, how ample you are I proythee, let us be provided belov'd.

To show them entertainment.

I scarce know how. Music. Re-enter Cupid, with a masque of Ladies as Amazons, with lutes in their hands, dancing

(Aside. and playing.

Enter another Servant. Apem. Hey-day, what a sweep of vanity comes 2 Serv. May it please your honour, the lord this way!

Lucius, They dance! they are mad women.

Out of his free love, hath presented to you Like madness is the glory of this life,

Four milk-white horses, trapp'd in silver. As this pomp shows to a little oil, and root.

T'im. I shall accept them fairly: let the presents We make ourselves fools, to disport ourselves; And spend our flatieries, to drink those men,

Enter a third Servant. Upon whose age we void it up again,

Be worthily entertain'd.—How now, what news? With poisonous spite, and envy. Who lives, that's 3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable not

gentleman, lord Lucullus, entreats your company Depraved, or depraves? who dies, that bears to-morrow to hunt with him; and has sent your

honour two brace of greyhounds. (1) 2. e. Arrived at the perfection of happiness. (2) Endearing

(4) Shakspeare plays on the word crossed: allu(3) Much, was formerly an expression of con- ding to the piece of silver money called a cross. femptuons admiration.

(5) For his nobleness of soul.

2 N



So ;

no man

Tim. I'll hunt with him; And let them be re- Tim.

Nay, ceiv'd,

An you begin to rail on society once, Not without fair reward.

I am sworn, not to give regard to you. Flav. (Aside.) What will this come to? Farewell; and come with better music. (Exis. He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, Apem. And all out of an empty coffer.

Thou'lt not hear me now,-thou shalt not then, Nor will he know his purse; or yield me this,

I'll lock To show him what a beggar his heart is,

Thy heavens from thee. O, that men's ears should be
Being of no power to make his wishes good; To counsel deaf, but not to flattery! (Exit.
His promises fly so beyond his state,
That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes
For every word; he is so kind, that he now
Pays interest for't; his land's put to their books.

Well, 'would I were gently put out of office,
Before I were forc'd out!

SCENE 1.-The same. A room in a Senator's Happier is he that has no friend to feed,

house. Enter a Senator, with papers in his Than such as do even enemies exceed.

hand. I bleed inwardly for my lord.


Sen. And late, five thousand to Varro; and to Tim. You do yourselves

Isidore Much wrong, you bate too much of your own merits: He owes nine thousand; besides my former sum, Here, my lord, a trifle of our love.

Which makes it five and twenty.-Still in motion 2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will |Of raging waste? It cannot hold; it will not. receive it.

If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog, 3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty!

And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold: Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave ||If I would sell my horse, and buy twenty more Good words the other day of a bay courser Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon, I rode on: it is yours, because you lik'd it.

Ask nothing, give it him, it foals me, straight, 3 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in || And able horses : No porter at his gate; that.

But rather one that smiles, and still invites T'im. You may take my word, my lord; I know,|All that pass by. It cannot hold; no reason

Can found his state in safety. Caphis, ho!
Can justly praise, but what he does affect :

Caphis, I say!
I weigh my friend's affection with mine own;
I'll tell you true. I'll call on you.

Enter Caphis.
AU Lords.

None so welcome.

Caph. Here, sir; What is your pl a? Qie? Tim. I take all and your several visitations

Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord So kind to heart, 'tis not enough to give;

Timon; Methinks, I could deall kingdoms to my friends,

Impórtune him for my moneys; be not ceas'do And ne'er be weary.-Alcibiades,

With slight denial; nor then silenc'd, whenThou art a soldier, therefore seldom rich,

Commend me to your master and the cap It comes in charity to thee : for all thy living

Plays in the right hand, thus:--but tell him, sirrah, Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou hast

My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn Lie in a pitch'd field.

Out of mine own; his days and times are past, Alcib. Ay, defiled land, my lord.

And my reliances on his fracted dates 1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound,- Have smit my credit: I love, and honour him; Tim.

And s0||But must not break my back, to heal his finger: Am I to you.

Immediate are my needs; and my relief 2 Lord. So infinitely endear'd,

Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words, Tim. All to you. 2-Lights, more lights. But find supply immediate. Get you gone : 1 Lord.

The best of happiness, | Put on a most importunate aspect, Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon! A visage of demand; for, I do fear, Tim. Ready for his friends.

When every feather sticks in his own wing; (Exeunt Alcibiades, Lords, &c.Lord Timon will be left a naked gull, Apem.

What a coil's here ! || Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone. Serving of becks, and jutting out of bums!

Caph. I go, sir. I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums Sen. I go, sir ?—Take the bonds along with you; That are given for 'em. Friendship's full of dregs : || And have the dates in compt. Methinks, false hearts should never have sound legs. Caph.

I will, sir. 'Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court'sies.


Go. Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen,

{Exeunt. I'd be good to thee. Apem. ÑO, I'll nothing: for,

SCENE II.--The samé. A hall in Timon's If I should be brib'd too, there would be none left

house. Enter Flavius, with many bills in his To rail upon thee; and then thou would'st sin the

hand. faster.

Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of expense; Thou giv'st so long, Timon, I fear me, thou That he will neither know how to maintain it, Wilt give away thyself in papery shortly : Nor cease his flow of riot: Takes no account What need these feasts, pomps, and vain glories? || How things go from him ; nor resumes no care

Of what is to continue; Never mind (1) i. e. Could dispense them on every side with an ungrudging distribution, like that with which I (4) i. e. Be ruined by his securities entered into could deal out cards.

(5) By his heaven he means good advice; the (2) i. e. Alf happiness to you.

only thing by which he could be saved. (3) Offering salutations.

(6) Stopped.

him yet.

It is so.

Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.

Apem. No; 'tis to thyself,-Come away. What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel :

[To the Fool. I must be round with him now he comes from hunt- Isid. Serv. (To Var. Serv.] There's the fool hangs ing:

on your back already. Fie, fie, fie, fie!

Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on Enter Caphis, and the Servants of Isidore and

Caph. Where's the fool now?

Apem. He last asked the question.---Poor rogues, Caph. Good even, Värro : What, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want! You come for money?

AU Serv. What are we, Apemantus ?
Var. Serv. Is't not your business too? Apem. Asses.
Caph. It is ;-And yours too, Isidore ?

All Serv. Why?
Isid. Serv.

Apem. That

you ask me what you are, and do Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd! not know yourselves.—Speak to 'em, fool. Var. Serv.

I fear it. Fool. How do you, gentlemen ? Capk. Here comes the lord.

All Sery. Gramercies, good fool: How does your

mistress? Enter Timon, Alcibiades, and Lords, fc.

Fool. She's e'en setting on water to scald such Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again,2|| chickens as you are. 'Would, we could see you at My Alcibiades.-With me? What's


will? Corinth. Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.

Apem. Good! gramercy Tim. Dues? Whence are you?

Enter Page. Caph.

Of Athens here, my lord. T'im. Go to my steward.

Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page. Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off Page. (To the Fool.] Why, how now, captain? To the succession of new days this month: what do you in this wise company ?-How dost My master is awak'd by great occasion,

thou, Apemantus ? To call upon his own; and humbly prays you, Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I That with your other noble parts you'll suit, might answer thee profitably. In giving him his right.

Page. Pr'ythee, A pemantus, read me the superT'im.

Mine honest friend, scription of these letters; I know not which is
I prythee, but repair to me next morning. which
Caph. Nay, good my lord.

Apem. Canst not read?
Contain thyself, good friend.

Page. No.
Var. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good lord,- Apem. There will little learning die then, that
Isid. Sero.

From Isidore ;| day thou art hanged. This is to lord Timon; this He humbly prays your speedy payment,- to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast born a bastard, and Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's thou'lt die a bawd. wants,

Page. Thou wast whelped a dog; and thou shalt Var. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six famish, a dog's death. Answer not, I am gone. weeks,

[Exit Page.

Apem. Even so thou out-run'st grace. Fool, I Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord; will go with you to lord Timon's. And I am sent expressly to your lordship.

Fool. Will you leave me there? Tim. Give me breath :

Apem. If Timon stay at home.--You three serve I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on; three usurers.

(Exeunt Alcibiades and Lords. All Serv. Ay; 'would they served us ! I'll wait upon you instantly. Come hither, pray Apem. So wouldı,--as good a trick as ever hangyou

(To Flavius. | man served thief. How

goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd Fool. Are you three usurers' men? With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, All Serv. Ay, fool. And the detention of long-since-due debts,

Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his serAgainst my honour ?

vant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. When Flav.

Please you, gentlemen, men come to borrow of your masters, they approach The time is ynagreeable to this business : sadly, and go away merry; but they enter my misYour importunacy cease, till after dinner; tress' house merrily, and go away sadly: The reaThat I may make his lordship understand son of this? Wherefore you are not paid,

Var. Serv. I could render one. Tim.

Do so, my friends : Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a See them well entertain'd. (Exit Timon. whoremaster, and a knave; which notwithstanding, Flav.

pray, draw near. thou shalt be no less esteemed.
(Exit Flavius. Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool?

Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like
Enter Apemantus and a Fool.

thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears like a lord; Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Ape- sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, like a philosomantus ; let's have some sport with 'em.

pher, with two stones more than his artificial one : Var. Serp. Hạng him, he'll abuse us.

He is very often like a knight; and, generally in all Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog ! shapes, that man goes up and down in, froin fourVar. Serv. How dost, fool?

score to thirteen, this spirit walks in. Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ?

Var. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool. Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.

Fool. Nor tnou altogether a wise man: as much (1) Good even was the usual salutation from (2) i. e. To hunting; in our author's time it was 20on.

the custom to hunt as well after dinner as before.

And past,



foolery as I have, so much wit enou lackest. What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is lord Apem. That answer might have become A pe


Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon? AU Serv. Aside, aside; here comes lord Timon. Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this praise,

The breath is gone whereof this praise is made: Re-enter Timon and Flavius.

Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter-showers,

These flies are couch'd. Apem. Come with me, fool, come.

T'im. Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother, | No villanous bounty yet hath pass'd my heart ;

Come, sermon me no further: and woman ; sometime, the philosopher. [Exeunt A pemantus and Fool. Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given.

Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with you

lack, (Exeunt Serv.

To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart; Tim. You make me marvel : Wherefore, ereIf I would broach the vessels of my love, this time,

And try the arguments of hearts by borrowing, Had you not fully laid my state before me;

Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use, That I might so have rated my expense,

As I can bid thee speak. As I had leave of means ?


Åssurance bless your thoughts ! Flav. You would not hear me,

Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine At many leisureş I propos'd. Tim. Go to:

are crown'd,6

That I account them blessings; for by these Perchance, some single vantages you took,

Shall I try friends: You shall perceive, how you When my indisposition put you back; And that unaptness made your minister,

Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends.

Within there, ho !-Flaminius! Servilius!
Thus to excuse yourself.
O, my good lord!

Enter Flaminius, Servilius, and other Servants. At many times I brought in my accounts,

Serv. My lord, my lord,Laid them before you ; you would throw them off,

Tim. I will despatch you severally.-You, to And say, you found them in mine honesty.

lord Lucius,When, for some trifling present, you have bid me Return so much, I have shook my head, and wept :|| Honour to-day ;-You, to Sempronius;

To lord Lucullus you; I hunted with his Yea, 'gainst the authority of manners, pray'd you Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say, To hold your hand more close: I did endure

That my occasions have found time to use them Not seldom, nor no slight checks; when I have

Toward a supply of money : let the request Prompted you, in the ebb of your estate,

Be fifty talents. And your great flow of debts. My dear-lov'd lord,


As you have said, my lord. Though you hear now (too late!) yet now's a time,

Flav. Lord Lucius, and lord Lucullus? bumpki! The greatest of your having lacks a half

(Aside. To pay your present debts.

Tim. Go you, sir, (To another Serv.) to the sen. Tim. Let all my land be sold.

ators Flav. 'I

all engag'd, some forfeited and gone; | (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have And what remains will hardly stop the mouth

Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o'the instant Of present dues: the future comes apace:

A thousand talents to me. What shall defend the interim? and at length


I have been bold How goes our reckoning?

(For that I knew it the most general way,) Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend.

To them to use your signet, and your name; Flav. O, my good lord, the world is but a word;2| But they do shake their heads, and I am here Were it all yours to give it in a breath,

No richer in return, How quickly were it gone?


Is't true? can it be? Tim.

You tell me true.

Flav. They answer, in a joint and corporate Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood,

voice, Call me before the exactest auditors,

That now they are at fall,? want treasure, cannot And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, When all our offices have been oppress’d

Do what they would; are sorry-you are honour:

able, With riotous feeders; when our vaults have wept || But yet they could have wishid--they know not-With drunken spilth of wine; when every room

but Hath blaz’d with lights, and bray'd with min-|| Something hath been amiss-a noble nature strelsy ;

May catch a wrench-would all were well—'tis I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock,

pityAnd set mine eyes at flow.

And Tim.

intending8 other serious matters,

SO, Prythee, no more. Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this with certain half-caps,10 and cold-moving nods,

After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, lord!

They froze me into silence. How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants,


You gods, reward them This night englutted! Who is not Timon's?

(5) If I would (says Timon,) by borrowing, try (1) He does not mean, so great a sum, but a cer- of what men's hearts are composed, what they tain sum.

have in them, &c. (2) į. e. As the world itself may be comprised in (6) Dignified, made respectable. a word, you might give it away in a breath.

(7) i. e. At an ebb. (3) The apartments allotted to culinary offi- (8) Intending, had anciently the same meaning

as attending (4) A pipe with a turning stopple running to (9) Broken hints, abrupt remarks. Waste.

11 (10) A half-cap is a cap slightly moved, not put off.

ces, &c.

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