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The one is filling still, never complete;
Tim. Not by his breath, that is more miserable.
Art thou proud yet ?
Tim. Ay, that I am not thee.
I, that I was
Tim. I, that I am one now :
[Eating a root. Apem.
Here; I will mend thy feaft.
[Offering him fometbing. Tim. First mend my company, take away thyself. Apem. So I shall mend mine own, by the lack of thine.
Tim. 'Tis not well mended fo, it is but botch'd ; If not, I would it were.
Apem. What would'st thou have to Athens.
Tim. Thee thither in a whirlwind. If thou wilt,
Apem. Here is no use for gold.
The best and trueft:
Apem. Where ly'st o’nights, Timon ?
Under that's above me. Where feed'st thou o'days, Apemantus ?
Apem. Where my stomach finds meat; or rather, where I eat it.
Tim. 'Would poison were obedient, and knew my mind!
Apem. Where would'st thou send it ?
Apem. The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends: When thou wast in thy gilt, and thy perfume, they mock'd thee for too much curiosity ; in thy rags thou knowest none, but art despised for the contrary. There's a medlar for thee, cat it.
Tim. On what I hate, I feed not.
Apem. An thou hadft hated medlars sooner, thou should'st have loved thyself better now. What man didst thou ever know unthrift, that was beloved after his means ?
Tim. Who, without those means thou talk'st of, didst thou ever know beloved ?
Tim. I understand thee; thou hadît some means to keep a dog.
Appm. What things in the world canst thou nearest compare to thy Aatterers ?
Tim. Women nearest ; but men, men are the things themselves. What would't thou do with the world, Apemantus, if it lay in thy power?
Apen. Give it the beasts, to be rid of the men.
and remain a beast with the beasts? Apem. Ay, Timon.
Tim. A beastly ambition, which the gods grant thee to attain to! If thou wert the lion, the fox would beguile thee: if thou wert the lamb, the fox would eat thee : if thou wert the fox, the lion would suspect thee, when, peradventure, thou wert accus'd by the ass : if thou wert the ass, thy dulness would torment thee; and still thou livedit but as a breakfast to the wolf: if thou wert the wolf, thy greediness would afflict thee, and oft thou shouldit hazard thy life for thy dinner : wert thou the unicorn, pride and wrath would confound thee, and make thine own self the conquest of thy fury : wert thou a bear, thou would'st be kill'd by the horse; wert thou a horse, thou would it be seiz’d by the leopard; wert thou
a leopard, thou wert german to the lion, and the spots of thy kindred were jurors on thy life; all thy fafety were remotion; and thy defence, absence. What beast could it thou be, that were not fubject to a beaft? and what a beast art thou already, that seeft not thy lofs in transformation ?
Apem. If thou could'st please me with speaking to me, thou might'st have hit upon it here : The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
Tim. How has the ass broke the wall, that thou art out of the city ?
Apem. Yonder comes a poet, and a painter : The plague of company light upon thee! I will fear to catch it, and give way: When I know not what else to do, I'll see thee again.
Tim. When there is nothing living but thee, thou shalt be welcome. I had rather be a beggar's dog, than Apemantus.
Apem. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
Tim. If I name thee.
Apem. I would, my tongue could rot them off!
Tim. Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!
'Would thou would it burst!
(Throws a stone at bim. Apem. Beast!
Rogue, rogue, rogue !
Looking on the gold.
'Would 'twere so ;-
Throng'd to ?
Live, and love thy misery!
[Exit APEMANTUS. More things like men ?--Eat, Timon, and abhor them.