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What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel :
hunting Fye, fye, fye, fye! Enter Caphis, and the Servants of Isidore and
Good even, Varro: What,
Is't not your business too?
It is so.
I fear it.
Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, My Alcibiades.-With me? What's your will?
Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
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,2
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
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,
Please you, gentlemen,
Do so, my friends : See them well entertain'd.
[Exit Timox. Flav.
I pray, draw near.
[Exit FLAVIUS. 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 him yet.
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. 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 page 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...
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 supercription 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 hanged. This is to lord Timon; this to Alcibiades. Go; thou wast borni a bastard, and thou'lt die a bawd. , Page. Thou wast whelped 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?
thee. 'Tis a spirit: sometime, it appears like a lord; sometiine, 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. Serv. Thou art not altogether a fool.
Fool. Nor thou altogether a wise man: as much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest.
Apem. That answer might have become Apemantus.
All Serv. Aside, aside; here comes lord Timon.
Re-enter TIMON and FLAVIUS.
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 Serv. Tim. You inake me marvel: Wherefore, ere this
You would not hear ine, At many leisures I propos’d.'
O my good lord !
made your minister,] The construction is :- And made that unaptness your minister.