Study Guide

The Life of Timon of Athens Act 2, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 1

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  • It turns out that Timon has borrowed large sums of money to support his extravagant lifestyle. We open Act 2 with a Senator thinking back on how much Timon owes him.
  • The Senator quickly figures out that Timon can't go on borrowing money when he keeps giving such large gifts away.
  • The Senator wants his money back and ASAP, so he sends his servant Caphis over to Timon's to get it. He instructs his servant shout "show me the money!" and not return until he gets it.