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MonkeyNotes-Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
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Lucius

Lucius is Timonís friend. He has received a lot of gift from Timon but when Timon is in need he refuses to give the desired amount. He makes the excuse to Servilius, Timonís servant, that he would have helped if he had not recently spent a lot of money on purchases.

Lucullus

Timonís so called friend, Lucullus, like others, has been enriched by Timon. He refuses to lend Timon any money. He offers Flaminius a bribe to tell a lie that he was not able to find him. Flaminius however refuses to take the bribe.

Sempronius

He is another lord, who claims to be the friend of Timon. The excuse that he gives for not helping Timon is that, Timon should have sent his servants to him first, before approaching the others. He now pretends to be offended by Timonís behavior and sends the servant back empty-handed.

Ventidius

Ventidius is Timonís friend. Timon comes to his assistance and pays of his debts when Ventidius is imprisoned for not paying his debts. After he is released from prison, he offers to repay Timon but Timon refuses to take the money. When Timon sends his servants to his house to ask for help, he, like the others, refuses to help.


Old Athenian

The old man approaches Timon for help as his daughter wants to marry Timonís servant, Lucilius. The old man does not agree to the marriage, as the servant is poor.

Page

The Page is illiterate. He asks for Apemantusí help in deciphering the name on a letter. He has a short, but unpleasant conversation with Apemantus.

Fool

His name is not revealed in the play. He enters only once, with Apemantus, in Act II. He is comfortable in the company of Apemantus and his speech is witty.

Jeweler

He praises his own jewel and is aware that Timon will offer much more than the actual price. Hence, he wants to present it to this generous person.

Merchant

He is a trader, who comes to Timon to sell off his goods at a high price. According to him, Timon is incomparable and full of goodness.

Phyrnia and Timandra

The only women whose names are mentioned in the play. They are the mistresses of Alcibiades and accompany Alcibiades, when he goes to meet Timon in the woods. Timon offers them gold and instructs them to continue with their profession and spread diseases.

Painter

He appears in the beginning of the play and reappears towards the end. The poet praises his painting of Timon saying that, it portrays the super human virtues of Timon. Out of greed he, along with the poet, search for Timon in the woods when they hear that Timon has once again acquired wealth.

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