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Enter TiMON, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, etc.
Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
Of Athens here, my
lord. Tim. Go to my steward.
Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me off To the succession of new days this month : My master is awaked by great occasion To call upon his own, and humbly prays you That with your other noble parts you'll suit In giving him his right. Tim.
Mine honest friend,
Caph. Nay, good my lord,
Contain thyself, good friend. Var. Serv. One Varro's servant, my good lord, — Isid. Serv.
From Isidore; He humbly prays your speedy payment. Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's
wantsVar. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six
Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord;
Tim. Give me breath.
[Exeunt Alcibiades and Lords.
[To Flav.] Come hither : pray you, How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd 20. To the succession, etc., to the time of the new moon.
23. suit, accord.
With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds,
Please you, gentlemen,
[Exit. Flav. Pray, draw near.
Enter APEMANTUS and Fool.
Var, Serv. Hang him, he 'll abuse us.
Apem. No, 'tis to thyself. [To the Fool] Come away.
Isid. Serv. There's the fool hangs on your back already.
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou 'rt not on
Caph. Where 's the fool now?
Poor 60 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
All Serv. Gramercies, good fool : how does your mistress ?
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. 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. Prithee, 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 't die a bawd.
Page. Thou wast whelped a dog, and thou .. shalt famish a dog's death. Answer not; I am gone.
[Exit. Apem. E'en so thou outrunnest grace. Fool, I will go with you to Lord Timon's.
Fool. Will you leave me there?
Apem. If Timon stay at home. You three serve three usurers ?
All Serv. Ay; would they served us !
71. She's e'en setting on custom of plunging the newlywater, etc., she is preparing to killed chicken into boiling water pluck' you; alluding to the before plucking it.
Apem. So would I, -as good a trick as ever hangman served thief.
Fool. Are you three usurers' men ?
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 110 a whore-master and a knave; which notwithstanding, thou shalt be no less esteemed.
Var. Serv. What is a whore-master, fool?
Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like thee. 'Tis a spirit : sometime 't appears like a lord; sometime like a lawyer; sometime like a philosopher, with two stones moe than 's 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: much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest.
Apem. That answer might have become Apemantus.
All Serv. Aside, aside; here comes Lord Timon.
Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS. Apem. Come with me, fool, come.
Fool. I do not always follow lover, elder brother 130 and woman; sometime the philosopher.
[Exeunt Apemantus and Fool
Flav. Pray you, walk near : I'll speak with you
[Exeunt Servants. Tim. You make me marvel : wherefore ere this
You would not hear me,
O my good lord,
Let all my land be sold. Flav.. 'Tis all engaged, some forfeited and gone; And what remains will hardly stop the mouth Of present dues : the future comes apace :
135. rated, calculated.
152. This is the reading of the Folios, but Hanmer's emenda
tion—'Though you hear now, yet now's too late a time'seems to accord with the sense of the succeeding lines.