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THE PLOT, THE FABLE, AND CONSTRUCTION
TIMON OF ATHENS.
The story of the Misanthrope is told in almost every collection of the time, and particularly in two books with which Shakspeare was intimately acquainted ; The Palace of Pleasure, and The English Plutarch. Indeed from a passage in an old play, called Jack Drum's Entertainment, I conjecture that he had be. fore made his appearance on the stage.
FARMER. The play of Timon is a domestick tragedy, and therefore strongly fastens on the attention of the reader. In the plan there is not much art, but the incidents are natural, and the characters various and exact. The catastrophe affords a very powerful warning against that ostentatious liberality, which scatters bounty, but confers no benefits, and buys flattery, but not friendship.
In this tragedy, are many passages perplexed, obscure, and probably corrupt, which I have endeavoured to rectify, or explain with due diligence; but having only one copy, cannot promise myself that my endeavours shall be much applauded.
Timox, a noble Athenian.
Lords, and flatterers of Timon.
Servants to Timon's Creditors.
two of Timon's Creditors.
Mistresses to Alcibiades.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Thieves, and