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SCENE I. The same. A Room in a Senator's
Enter a Senator, with Papers in his Hand.
Enter CAPHIS. Caph. Here, sir; What is your pleasure ? Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord
Timon; Impórtune him for my monies; be not ceas’d With slight denial; nor then silenc'd, whenCommend me to your master-and the cap Plays in the right hand, thus:--but tell him, sirrah,
Can found his state in safety.] Reason cannot find his fortune to have any safe or solid foundation.
be not ceas'd-] i.e. stopped.
My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn
Caph. I go, sir.
Sen. I go, sir?—take the bonds along with you, And have the dates in compt. Caph.
I will, sir.
A Hall in Timon's House,
Enter Flavius, with many Bills in his Hand.
Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of expence, That he will neither know how to maintain it, Nor cease his flow of riot: Takes no account How things go from him; nor resumes no care Of what is to continue; Never mind Was to be so unwise, to be so kind,
Never mind Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.] Nothing can be worse, or more obscurely expressed: and all for the sake of a wretched rlıyme. But of this mode of expression conversation affords many, examples: “ I was always to be blamed, whatever happened.”. * I am in the lottery, but I was always to draw blanks."
It is so.
What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel:
hunting. Fye, fye, fye, fye! Enter Caphis, and the Servants of Isipore and
Good even, Varro: What, You come for money? Var. Serv.
Is't not your business too? Caph. It is ;-and yours too, Isidore? Isid. Serv. Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd! Var. Serv.
I fear it. Caph. Here comes the lord.
Enter Timox, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, &c.
Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, My Alcibiades.-With me? What's
will ? Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues. Tim. Dues? whence are you? Caph. . 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 awak'd by great occasion, To call upon his own; and humbly prays you, That with your other noble parts you'll suit,
9 Good even,] Good eten, or, as it is sometimes less accurately written, Good den, was the usual salutation from noon, the moment that good morrow became improper.
we'll forth again,] i. e. to hunting, from which diversion, we find by Flavius's speech, he was just returned. It may be here observed, that in our author's time it was the custom to hunt as well after dinner as before. 2 That with your other noble parts you'll suit,) i. e. that you
will behave on this occasion in a manner consistent with your other noble qualities.
In giving him bis right.
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,
you did know, my lord, my master's
wants, Var, Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, six
weeks, And past,
Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me off, my lord; And I am sent expressly to your lordship.
Tim. Give me breath:
Exeunt ALCIBIADES and Lords. I'll wait upon you instantly.--Come hither, pray you,
[To Flavius. How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd. With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, And the detention of long-since-due debts, Against my
Please you, gentlemen,
Do so, my friends : See them well entertain'd.
[Éxit Timor. Flav.
Enter APEMANTUS and a Fool.3 Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Apemantus ; let's have some sport with 'em.
Var. Serv. Hang him, he'll abuse us.
[To the Fool. Isid Serv. [TO VAR. Serv.] There's the fool hangs on your back already.
Apem. No, thou stand'st single, thou art not on
Caph. Where's the fool now?
Apem. He last asked the question.- Poor rogues, and usurers' men! hawds between gold and want ! All Serv. What are we, Apemantus? Apem. Asses. Åll Serv. Why?
Apem. That you ask me what you are, and do not know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, fool.
Fool. How do you, gentlemen?
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.
Enter Page. Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' page. Page. [To the Fool.] Why, how now, captain?
3 Enter Apemantus and a Fool.] I suspect some scene to be lost, in which the entrance of the Fool, and the
that follows him, was prepared by some introductory dialogue, in which the audience was informed that they were the fool and page of Phrynia, Timandra, or some other courtezan, upon the knowledge of which depends the greater part of the ensuing jocularity. Johnson,