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Al. What are we, Apemantus ?
Apem. That you ask me, what you are, and do not. know yourselves.-Speak to 'em, 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.
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 ?
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 familh, 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. Fod. 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 fadly, and go away merry; but they enter my mistress' house merrily, and go away fadly: 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: fometime, it appears like a lord ; sometime, like a lawyer; sometime, like a philosopher, with two ftones 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. Serv. 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.
Tim. You make me marvel : Wherefore, ere this time, Had you not fully laid my state before me ; That I might fo have rated my expence, As I had leave of means? Flav.
You would not hear me, At many
leisures I propos’d. Tim.
O my good lord !
Let all my land be sold.
Tim. To Lacedæmon did my land extend.
Were it all yours, to give it in a breath,
You tell me true.
Pr’ythee, no more.
Çome, sermon me no further :
Assurance bless your thoughts! Tim. And, in some sort, thele wants of mine are crown'd,
That I account them blessings; for by these
Enter FLAMINIUS, SERVILIUS, and other Servants.
Serv. My lord, my lord,
Flam. As you have said, my lord.
[Aside. Tim. Go you, fir, [To another Serv.) to the senators, (Of whom, even to the state's best health, I have Deserv'd this hearing,) bid 'em send o’the instant A thousand talents to me. Flav.
I have been bold,
Is't true ? can it be?