Study Guide

The Life of Timon of Athens Act 3, Scene 4

By William Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 4

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  • Back at Timon's house, the creditors' servants are getting a little annoyed. They don't know why Timon hasn't paid them yet, and they decide the prognosis isn't good.
  • Titus, one of the servants, declares it's pretty sad that his master is currently wearing a jewel from Timon, yet his master still sent him to collect more moolah from Timon, anyway.
  • Hortensius joins in the bagging-on-your-master game. He knows his master has spent Timon's money and is ungrateful for all his gifts.
  • It's clear that even the servants of these men think their masters are being unfair to Timon.
  • Just then, Flavius tries to skirt by the creditors' servants by walking past in a brilliant disguise—a big old cloak. The servants stop him and demand their money.
  • Flavius tells them there is nothing left. He has no money left to add up, so he is leaving.
  • The servants get rowdier. Eventually, Timon shows up in a red-hot rage.
  • Timon can't believe no one will help him out. After all he's done for them? How could they?
  • Since he has no money and evidently no friends left, Timon decides to throw a huge banquet.
  • Wait, what?
  • We're not really sure how he can host a dinner party, and neither is Flavius, who hastily tells his master they don't even have enough food for that.
  • But Timon doesn't care. Send out the invites. Summon his cook. There'll be a dinner party whether people like it or not.
  • We think Timon's hatched a plan of some kind, but it's not clear what it is.