Before the walls of Athens.
(First Senator; First Senator; Third Senator; Fourth Senator; Messenger)
The other Senators wait to find out if Timon will return. They hear that Alcibiades too has tried to recruit him. The two who went to see Timon return and report their failure. (19 lines)
Enter two other Senators with a Messenger.
Thou hast painfully discover’d; are his files
As full as thy report?
I have spoke the least.
Besides, his expedition promises
We stand much hazard if they bring not Timon.
I met a courier, one mine ancient friend,
Whom, though in general part we were oppos’d,
Yet our old love made a particular force,
And made us speak like friends. This man was riding
From Alcibiades to Timon’s cave
With letters of entreaty, which imported
His fellowship i’ th’ cause against your city,
In part for his sake mov’d.
Enter the other Senators.
Here come our brothers.
No talk of Timon, nothing of him expect.
The enemy’s drum is heard, and fearful scouring
Doth choke the air with dust. In, and prepare:
Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare.