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Timon of Athens

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Act 1, Scene 1

Artisans speak fondly of Timon before he enters and displays his generosity. Apemantus insults people.

Act 1, Scene 2

Timon throws a big party. Apemantus insults everyone. Flavius, Timon's servant, worries about the growing debt.

Act 2, Scene 1

A senator realizes that Timon's spending is unsustainable and, worried about his loan, sends a servant to collect money.

Act 2, Scene 2

People sent from Timon's creditors harass him. Flavius explains why. Timon hopes someone will help.

Act 3, Scene 1

Flaminius asks Lucullus for a loan for Timon. He says no and also tries to bribe Flaminius into saying he wasn't home.

Act 3, Scene 2

Lucilius denies that Timon needs money, and when Servilius asks on Timon's behalf he says he cannot help.

Act 3, Scene 3

Sempronius laments that Timon has been denied all his loans. Then, hearing he was not asked first, denies a loan.

Act 3, Scene 4

Creditors keep pestering Timon for money. His servants try to keep them back, but he breaks out of his house in a rage.

Act 3, Scene 5

Senators send a man to death for murder. Alcibiades argues in defense of Timon, but is banished for his efforts.

Act 3, Scene 6

Timon holds a feast, then insults his guests by giving them hot water, not food. Insulted, they complain to themselves.

Act 4, Scene 1

Outside Athens, Timon curses the city. He rips off his clothes and reveals his naked body before rushing into the woods.

Act 4, Scene 2

Timon's servants meet and express their sadness over being let go. Flavius resolves to stay loyal to Timon.

Act 4, Scene 3

Timon buries gold outside his cave. Others walk by: Alcibiades, Apemantus, looting soldiers, and Flavius.

Act 5, Scene 1

The poet and painter go to Timon after hearing he has gold. Flavius bring senators looking for help against Alcibiades.

Act 5, Scene 2

Two senators hear a report of Alcibiades's troops. They hold out hope for the emissary to Timon and are disappointed.

Act 5, Scene 3

A soldier finds Timon's tomb on the shore and, because he can't read, records the epitaph in wax to give to Alcibiades.

Act 5, Scene 4

Alcibiades stands outside Athens. The senators beg for mercy. The soldier arrives with Timon's epitaph and he reads it.