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Timon of Athens - Act 2, scene 1
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Act 2, scene 1
A senator, predicting the end of Timon’s days of glory, sends a servant to Timon to collect overdue loans.Enter a Senator, ⌜with papers.⌝
0587 And late five thousand. To Varro and to Isidore
0588 He owes nine thousand, besides my former sum,
0589 Which makes it five-and-twenty. Still in motion
0590 Of raging waste! It cannot hold; it will not.
0591 5 If I want gold, steal but a beggar’s dog
0592 And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold.
0593 If I would sell my horse and buy twenty more
0594 Better than he, why, give my horse to Timon—
0595 Ask nothing; give it him—it foals me straight,
0596 10 And able horses. No porter at his gate
0597 But rather one that smiles and still invites
0598 All that pass by. It cannot hold. No reason
0599 Can sound his state in safety.—Caphis, ho!
0600 Caphis, I say!
CAPHIS 0601 15 Here, sir. What is your pleasure?
0602 Get on your cloak and haste you to Lord Timon.
0603 Importune him for my moneys. Be not ceased
0604 With slight denial, nor then silenced when
0605 “Commend me to your master” and the cap
0606 20 Plays in the right hand thus; but tell him
0607 My uses cry to me. I must serve my turn
p. 530608 Out of mine own. His days and times are past,
0609 And my reliances on his fracted dates
0610 Have smit my credit. I love and honor him
0611 25 But must not break my back to heal his finger.
0612 Immediate are my needs, and my relief
0613 Must not be tossed and turned to me in words
0614 But find supply immediate. Get you gone.
0615 Put on a most importunate aspect,
0616 30 A visage of demand, for I do fear
0617 When every feather sticks in his own wing
0618 Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
0619 Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone.
CAPHIS 0620 I go, sir.
0621 35 “I go, sir”? Take the bonds along with you
0622 And have the dates in. Come.
⌜He hands Caphis papers.⌝
CAPHIS 0623 I will, sir.
SENATOR 0624 Go.