Too bad no one listens to him. Shakespeare's Apemantus: The Amazing, Changing Flat Character in Timon of Athens. Isidore's Servant Your steward puts me off, my lord; And I am sent expressly to your lordship. Varro's Servant How dost, fool? And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow To the whole race of mankind, high and low! Enter certain Senators, who pass over the stage. Believe t, dear lord, You mend the jewel by the wearing it. No blame belongs to thee. Vouchsafe my labour, and long live your lordship! Jesus invited his disciples to take part in a feast symbolizing his body, knowing of his impending betrayal, sacrificing himself for the betterment of others anyway.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997. The more accursed thou, that still omittst it. They claim to be soldiers in need of supplies, but Timon calls their bluff. It is generally regarded as one of his most obscure and difficult works. I thank you; you shall hear from me anon: Go not away. Sir, I have upon a high and pleasant hill Feignd Fortune to be thrond: the base o the mount Is rankd with all deserts, all kind of natures, That labour on the bosom of this sphere To propagate their states: amongst them all, Whose eyes are on this sovereign lady fixd, One do I personate of Lord Timons frame, Whom Fortune with her ivory hand wafts to her; Whose present grace to present slaves and servants Translates his rivals. What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is Lord Timon's? Tis common: A thousand moral paintings I can show That shall demonstrate these quick blows of Fortunes More pregnantly than words.
The other lords give thanks to the gods, but Apemantus says his own grace, declaring he will never trust the oath or bond of anyone, and he prays for no one but himself. Chicago 16th Synyard, David W. However, Timon is not actually a Christ figure. Pray you, let us in. He believes that friendship means giving to his friends, without expecting something in return.
I am joyful of your sights. Another servant enters to say that Lord Lucius has sent Timon a gift, and a third servant announces Lord Lucullus's gifts. Attends he here or no? Varro's Servant What is a whoremaster, fool? It is a pretty mocking of the life. Timon - Timon of Athens is the title character in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens. It gives him an audience. Timon eventually loses all of his money and is abandoned by his friends.
The senators of Athens: happy man! I am not of that feather to shake off My friend when he most needs me. Timon has no such knowledge. Ay, my good lord, and she accepts of it. Here's a bunch of wealth, Timon says, but it's loaded with a jumble of curses. If in her marriage my consent be missing, I call the gods to witness, I will choose Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world, And dispossess her all. Yet Timon doesn't notice them diminishing his bounty, he rather urges them on.
A piece of painting, which I do beseech Your lordship to accept. When Timon's luck changes, and he leaves Athens, Apemantus is delighted, and follows Timon to the wilderness merely to remind him that his villainous friends refused to loan him money. What beast couldst thou be, that were not subject to a beast? No, my good lord; he speaks the common tongue, Which all men speak with him. Apemantus doesn't overindulge himself at the banquet; in fact, he claims Timon's fancy meats will make him sick. Astonished, Timon declares Flavius is the only honorable man he knew in Athens, the only man who escapes his cursings of mankind, and gives him a sum of gold as a reward. One servant enters, announcing that nobles of the senate have come to visit.
The strain of mans bred out Into baboon and monkey. Why dost thou call them knaves? Timon places Apemantus at another table, removing him from the festive group, and, in response to his rude remarks and generally unpleasant demeanor, does not give him the gifts that everyone else receives. It seems that no matter where he goes, discontent follows. I have not seen you long. People constantly want to contact him, though his only discourse consists of curses for flatterers and false friends. My loved lord, 150 Though you hear now, too late--yet now's a time-- The greatest of your having lacks a half To pay your present debts.
Thy mothers of my generation: whats she, if I be a dog? As is often the case in Shakespeare, the Fool appears to be unconsciously wiser than most other characters. The two guys start out on opposite ends of the happiness spectrum, but they end up right in the same place. His truthful, rudely worded insights are warnings for Timon. How shall she be endowd, If she be mated with an equal husband? When we for recompense have praisd the vile. Flavius shares out his last cash among the remaining servants, and determines to continue to serve Timon, going into the wilderness after him.