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From Isidore; He humbly prays your speedy payment,-Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's
wants,-Var. Sero. '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 on you instantly.—Come' hither, pray you.
Please you, gentlemen,
Do so, my friends:
[Exit Timon. Flav.
I pray, draw near.
Enter Apemantus and a Focl. · Caph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with Apemantus; let's have some sport with 'em.
Var. Serr. Hang him, he'll abuse us.
Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog!
[To the Fool. Isid. Serv. [ToVar. Serv.] There's the fool hangs on your back already
Apem. No, thou stand’st single, thou art not on him yet.
Caph. Where's the fool now?
Apem. He last ask'd the question.- Poor rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want!
All. What are we, Apemantus?
Apem. That you ask me, what you are, and do not know yourselves. -Speak to 'me, fool.
Fool. How do you, gentlemen?
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.
Enter Page. Fool. Look you, here comes my mistress' 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. Pr’ythee, Apemantus, read me the superscription of these letters; I know not which is which.
Apem. Canst not read? · Page. No.
Apem. There will little learning die then, that day thou art hang’d. This is to lord Timon; this to Alcibiades. . Go; thou wast born a bastard, and thou'lt die a bawd.
Page. Thou wast whelp'd a dog; and thou shalt 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. If Timon stay at home.—You three serve three usurers ?
All Serv. Ay; 'would they served us!
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 a
whoremaster, and a knave; which, notwithstanding, thou shalt be no less esteemed.
Var. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool?
Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like thee. 'Tis a 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. Serr. Thou art not altogether a fool.
Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lack'st.
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, and woman; sometime, the philosopher.
[Exeunt Apemantus and Fool. Flav. 'Pray you, walk near; I'll speak with you anon.
(Exeunt verv. Tim. You make me marvel: Wherefore, ere this
You would not hear me,
Perchance, some single vantages you took,
O my good lord !
Let all my land be sold. Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone; And what remains will hardly stop the mouth Of present dues: the future comes apace: What shall defend the interim? and at length How goes our reckoning?
Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend.
Flav. O my good lord, the world is but a word; Were it all yours, to give it in a breath, How quickly were it gone? Tim.
You tell me true. Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood, Call me before the exactest auditors, And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me,