Act 5 - Scene 1
The woods. Before Timon's cave.
Enter Poet and Painter; TIMON watching them from his cave
As I took note of the place, it cannot be far where
What's to be thought of him? does the rumour hold
for true, that he's so full of gold?
Certain: Alcibiades reports it; Phrynia and
Timandra had gold of him: he likewise enriched poor
soldiers with great quantity: 'tis said
he gave unto his steward a mighty sum.
Then this breaking of his has been but a try for his friends.
Nothing else: you shall see him a palm in Athens
again, and flourish with the highest. Therefore
amiss we tender our loves to him, in this
supposed distress of his: it will show honestly in
us; and is very
likely to load our purposes with
what they travail for, if it be a just true report
that goes of his having.
What have you now to present unto him?
Nothing at this time but my visitation: only I will
promise him an excellent piece.
I must serve him so too, tell him of an intent
that's coming toward him.
Good as the best. Promising is the very air o' the
time: it opens the eyes of expectation:
ever the duller for his act; and,
but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the
deed of saying is quite
out of use. To promise is
most courtly and fashionable: performance is a kind
of will or testament which
argues a great sickness
in his judgment that makes it.
TIMON comes from his cave, behind
[Aside] Excellent workman! thou canst not paint a
man so bad as is thyself.
I am thinking what I shall say I have provided for
him: it must be a personating of himself; a satire
the softness of prosperity, with a discovery
of the infinite flatteries that follow youth and opulency.
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd,
and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission.
See our FAQ for more details.