Timon of Athens

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Timon


Let me look back upon thee. O thou wall

That girdles in those wolves, dive in the earth

And fence not Athens. Matrons, turn incontinent.
incontinent (adj.) unchaste, unable to restrain oneself
matron (n.) married woman

Obedience fail in children. Slaves and fools

Pluck the grave wrinkled Senate from the bench,

And minister in their steads. To general filths
filth (n.) 2 whore, slut, harlot
general (adj.) 1 common, of everyone, public
minister (v.) 3 act, govern, officiate

Convert o'th' instant, green virginity,
green (adj.) 2 youthful, inexperienced, immature
instant, on the this very instant, as soon as possible

Do't in your parents' eyes. Bankrupts, hold fast;

Rather than render back, out with your knives

And cut your trusters' throats. Bound servants, steal.
bound (adj.) 3 indentured, contracted
truster (n.) 2 creditor, lender

Large-handed robbers your grave masters are,
large-handed (adj.) grasping, rapacious, avaricious

And pill by law. Maid, to thy master's bed;
pill (v.) 1 pillage, plunder, rob

Thy mistress is o'th' brothel. Son of sixteen,

Pluck the lined crutch from thy old limping sire,
lined (adj.) filled, stuffed
sire (n.) father

With it beat out his brains. Piety and fear,

Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth,

Domestic awe, night-rest, and neighbourhood,
awe (n.) 1 reverence, respect, esteem
domestic (adj.) 2 appropriate in the home
neighbourhood (n.) 1 neighbourly conduct, neighbourliness

Instruction, manners, mysteries, and trades,
mystery (n.) 1 trade, office, occupation

Degrees, observances, customs, and laws,
degree (n.) 1 rank, station, standing

Decline to your confounding contraries,
confounding (adj.) destructive, ruinous, causing total confusion
contrary (n.) 2 opposite condition, opposing state
decline (v.) 3 sink, fall to a low level

And yet confusion live. Plagues, incident to men,
incident (adj.) likely to happen, applicable, natural

Your potent and infectious fevers heap

On Athens, ripe for stroke. Thou cold sciatica,
stroke (n.) 3 affliction, blow, misery

Cripple our senators, that their limbs may halt
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely

As lamely as their manners. Lust and liberty
liberty (n.) 1 unrestrained act, improper licence, reckless freedom

Creep in the minds and marrows of our youth,

That 'gainst the stream of virtue they may strive,

And drown themselves in riot. Itches, blains,
blain (n.) blister, inflamed sore
riot (n.) 1 dissipation, wasteful revelry, extravagance

Sow all th' Athenian bosoms, and their crop

Be general leprosy. Breath infect breath,

That their society, as their friendship, may

Be merely poison. Nothing I'll bear from thee
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 12 carry away, take as a companion

But nakedness, thou detestable town.

Take thou that too, with multiplying bans.
ban (n.) curse, malediction

Timon will to the woods, where he shall find

Th' unkindest beast more kinder than mankind.

The gods confound – hear me, you good gods all –
confound (v.) 1 destroy, overthrow, ruin

Th' Athenians both within and out that wall.
out (prep.) 2 outside

And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow

To the whole race of mankind, high and low.



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