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Macbeth

Language

  1. Inverness. A court within the castle.

  2. Enter LADY MACBETH.

  3. LADY MACBETH:

    That which hath made them drunk hath made me boldfearless;
    What hath quench'dsatisfied their thirst them hath given me fire. HarkListen!! Peace!
    It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bellman,
    Which gives the stern'stsevere or gloomy good-night. He is about it:
    The doors are open; and the surfeitedoverindulged grooms [5]
    Do mock their chargeduty with snores: I have drugg'd their possetsdrinks of hot milk and wine,
    That death and nature do contendfight about them,
    Whether they live or die.

  4. MACBETH:

    [Within] Who's there? what, ho!

  5. LADY MACBETH:

    AlackFor shame!, I am afraid they have awaked,
    And 'tis not done:- th'attempt and not the deed [10]
    Confoundswill undo us. --HarkListen!! I laid their daggers ready;
    He could not miss 'em. -- Had he not resembled
    My father as he slept, I had done't.

  6. Enter MACBETH.

  7. My husband!

  8. MACBETH:

    I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?

  9. LADY MACBETH::

    I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. [15]
    Did not you speak?

  10. MACBETH:

    When?

  11. LADY MACBETH:

    Now.

  12. MACBETH:

    As I descended?

  13. LADY MACBETH:

    Ay.

  14. MACBETH:

    HarkListen!!
    Who lies i' the second chamber?

  15. LADY MACBETH:

    Donalbain.

  16. MACBETH:

    This is a sorrymiserable sight. [20]

  17. LADY MACBETH:

    A foolish thought, to say a sorrymiserable sight.

  18. MACBETH:

    There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried 'Murder!'
    That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them;
    But they did say their prayers, and address'd them
    Again to sleep.

  19. LADY MACBETH:

    There are two lodged together. [25]

  20. MACBETH:

    One cried, 'God bless us!' and, 'Amen' the other,
    As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.
    Listening their fear, I could not say 'Amen,'
    When they did say 'God bless us!'

  21. LADY MACBETH:

    Consider it not so deeply.

  22. MACBETH:

    But whereforewhy could not I pronounce 'Amen'? [30]
    I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
    Stuck in my throat.

  23. LADY MACBETH:

    These deeds must not be thought
    After these ways; so, it will make us mad.

  24. MACBETH:

    Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
    Macbeth does murder sleep,' the innocent sleep, [35]
    Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of careclears up worries, like someone untangling wool,
    The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
    Balma healing ointment of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
    Chief nourisher in life's feast,--

  25. LADY MACBETH:

    What do you mean?

  26. MACBETH:

    Still it cried 'Sleep no more!' to all the house: [40]
    'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor
    Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.'

  27. LADY MACBETH:

    Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy Thane,
    You do unbendweaken your noble strength, to think
    So brainsicklymadly of things. Go get some water, [45]
    And wash this filthy witnessfilthy evidence from your hand.
    Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
    They must lie there: go carry them; and smear
    The sleepy grooms with blood.

  28. MACBETH:

    I'll go no more:
    I am afraid to think what I have done; [50]
    Look on't again I dare not.

  29. LADY MACBETH:

    Infirmweak of purposewill!
    Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead
    Are but as pictures
    : 'tis the eye of childhood
    That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
    I'll gildcover or paint the faces of the grooms withal; [55]
    For it must seem their guilt.

  30. Exit.

    Knocking within.

  31. MACBETH:

    Whencefrom where is that knocking?
    How is't with me, when every noise appalsterrifies me?
    What hands are here? ha! they pluck out mine eyes.
    Will all great NeptuneRoman God of the sea's ocean wash this blood
    Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather [60]
    The multitudinousmany seas incarnadinethe colour of blood,
    Making the green one red.

  32. Re-enter LADY MACBETH.

  33. LADY MACBETH: :

    My hands are of your colour; but I shame
    To wear a heart so white.

  34. [Knocking within.]

  35. I hear a knocking
    At the south entry: retire we to our chamber: [65]
    A little water clears us of this deed:
    How easy is it, then! Your constancystrength of will
    Hath left you unattendedabandoned you.

  36. [Knocking within.]

  37. HarkListen!! more knocking.
    Get on your nightgown, lestunless occasionthe situation call us,
    And show us to be watchers. Be not lost [70]
    So poorly in your thoughts.

  38. MACBETH:

    To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself.

  39. [Knocking within.]

  40. Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!

  41. Exeunt.

Description

Although it is her plan, Lady Macbeth is unable to commit the murder herself. Instead, she waits outside Duncan’s bedroom for her husband to kill the king and then plant the daggers on his guards, so that they will be blamed. However, after murdering the king, Macbeth begins to panic. He forgets to leave the daggers on the guards but he refuses to return to the room. Lady Macbeth criticises him for being cowardly, and she is left to plant the evidence. They hurry to wash the blood off their hands, as loud knocking echoes through the castle …

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