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Macbeth

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  1. A room in the Palace.

  2. Banquet prepar'd. Enter MACBETH, LADY MACBETH, ROSS, LENNOX, LORDS, and ATTENDANTS.

  3. MACBETH:

    You know your own degreesranks; sit down. At first
    And last the hearty welcome.

  4. LORDS:

    Thanks to you majesty.

  5. MACBETH:

    Ourself will minglemix with society,
    And play the humble host.
    Our hostess keeps her stateLady Macbeth stays seated in her throne, but in best time [5]
    We will require her welcome.

  6. LADY MACBETH:

    Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends;
    For my heart speaks they are welcome.

  7. Enter FIRST MURDERER at the door.

  8. MACBETH:

    See, they encounter theethey match you with their hearts' thanks.
    Both sides are evenboth sides of the table are equal (in number/thanks): here I'll sit i' the midst: [10]
    Be large in mirth; anon we'll drink a measure
    The table round—

  9. Goes to the door.

  10. There's blood on thy face.

  11. FIRST MURDERER:

    'Tis Banquo's then.

  12. MACBETH:

    'Tis better thee without than he withinIt is better on your face than in Banquo's body..
    Is he dispatch'd?

  13. FIRST MURDERER:

    My lord, his throat is cut; [15]
    That I did for him.

  14. MACBETH:

    Thou art the best o' the cut-throats,
    Yet he's good that did the like for Fleance.
    If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareilwithout equal.

  15. FIRST MURDERER:

    Most royal sir, Fleance is 'scaped.

  16. MACBETH:

    Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect, [20]
    Whole as the marble, foundedsecure, immovable as the rock,
    As broad and generalfree and unrestrained as the casingsurrounding air:
    But now I am cabin'd, cribb'dlocked in, confined, bound in
    To saucyout of control doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe?

  17. FIRST MURDERER:

    Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides, [25]
    With twenty trenchedtrench-like, deep gashes on his head;
    The least a death to nature.

  18. MACBETH:

    Thanks for that:
    There the grown serpent lies; the worma young snake that's fled
    Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
    No teeth for the present. Get thee gone; to-morrow [30]
    We'll hear ourselves again.

  19. Exit MURDERER.

  20. LADY MACBETH:

    My royal Lord,
    You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold
    That is not often vouch'd, while 'tis a-making,
    'Tis given with welcome: to feed were best at home;
    From thence Away from therethe sauce to meat is ceremony; [35]
    Meeting were bare without it.

  21. Enter the GHOST OF BANQUO and sits in MACBETH's place.

  22. MACBETH:

    Sweet remembrancerreminder!
    Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
    And health on both!

  23. LENNOX:

    May't please your highness sit.

  24. MACBETH:

    Here had we now our country's honour roof'dhoused,
    Were the graced person of our Banquo present, [40]
    Who may I rather challenge for unkindnessblame with unkindness
    Than pity for mischance!

  25. ROSS:

    His absence, sir,
    Lays blamedamages his reputation upon his promise. Please't your highness
    To grace us with your royal company?

  26. MACBETH:

    The table’s full.

  27. LENNOX:

    Here is a place reserved, sir. [45]

  28. MACBETH:

    Where?

  29. LENNOX:

    Here my good lord. What is't that moves your Highness?

  30. MACBETH:

    Which of you have done this?

  31. LORDS:

    What, my good Lord?

  32. MACBETH:

    Thou canst not say I did it: never shake
    Thy gory locksbloody hair at me.[50]

  33. ROSS:

    Gentlemen, rise; his Highness is not well.

  34. LADY MACBETH:

    Sit, worthy friends. My Lord is often thus,
    And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.
    The fit is momentary; upon a thought
    He will again be well. If much you note him, [55]
    You shall offend him and extend his passion.
    Feed, and regard him not. — Are you a man?

  35. MACBETH:

    Ay, and a boldfearless one, that dare look on that
    Which might appall the devil.

  36. LADY MACBETH:

    O proper stuff!
    This is the very painting of your fear: [60]
    This is the air-drawn dagger, which, you said,
    Led you to Duncan
    . O! these flaws and starts,
    (Impostors to true fear) would well become
    A woman's story at a winter's fire,
    Authorised by her grandamgrandmother. Shame itself! [65]
    Why do you make such faces? When all's done,
    You look but on a stool.

  37. MACBETH:

    Prithee"I pray thee", please, see there!
    Beholdsee! look! lo! how say you?
    Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.
    If charnel-houses tombsand our graves must send [70]
    Those that we bury back, our monuments
    Shall be the mawsstomachs of kites.

  38. Exit GHOST.

  39. LADY MACBETH:

    What! Quite unmann’d in follyby foolishness?

  40. MACBETH:

    If I stand here, I saw him.

  41. LADY MACBETH:

    Fie, for shame!

  42. MACBETH:

    Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time,
    Ere humane statute purged the gentle wealbefore law made society gentle; [75]
    Ay, and since too, murders have been perform'd
    Too terrible for the ear: the times have been,
    That, when the brains were out, the man would die,
    And there an end, but now they rise again,
    With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, [80]
    And push us from our stools: this is more strange
    Than such a murder is.

  43. LADY MACBETH:

    My worthy Lord,
    Your noble friends do lack youmiss you.

  44. MACBETH:

    I do forget.
    Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends,
    I have a strange infirmityillness, which is nothing [85]
    To those that know me. Come, love and health to all;
    Then I'll sit down. Give me some wine; fill full.
    I drink to the general joy o' the whole table,
    And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss;
    Would he were here! To all, and him, we thirst, [90]
    And all to all.

  45. LORDS:

    Our duties, and the pledge.

  46. Enter GHOST.

  47. MACBETH:

    Avaunt!Go away! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!
    Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;
    Thou hast no speculationsight or awareness in those eyes
    Which thou dost glare with!

  48. LADY MACBETH:

    Think of this, good peers, [95]
    But as a thing of custom: 'tis no other;
    Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.

  49. MACBETH:

    What man dare, I dare.
    Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
    The arm'd rhinoceros, or th' Hyrcan tigera tiger from Hyrcania, by the Caspian sea, often presented as a desert; [100]
    Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
    Shall never tremble. Or be alive again,
    And dare me to the desert with thy sword;
    If trembling I inhabit thenIf I am trembling, protest mecall me
    The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow! [105]
    Unreal mockery, hence!

  50. Exit Ghost.

  51. Why, so: being gone,
    I am a man again. Pray you, sit still.

  52. LADY MACBETH:

    You have displaced the mirth, broke the good meeting,
    With most admiredimpressive disorder.

  53. MACBETH:

    Can such things be,
    And overcomepass over us like a summer's cloud,
    [110]
    Without our special wonder? You make me strange
    Even to the disposition that I owe,
    When now I think you can beholdsee such sights,
    And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,
    When mine is blanchedwhitened with fear.

  54. ROSS:

    What sights, my lord? [115]

  55. LADY MACBETH:

    I pray you, speak not; he grows worse and worse;
    Question enrages him. At once, good night:
    Stand not upon the order of your going,
    But go at once.

  56. LENNOX:

    Good night; and better health
    Attend his Majesty!

  57. LADY MACBETH:

    A kind good night to all! [120]

  58. Exeunt LORDS.

  59. MACBETH:

    It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood.
    Stones have been known to move and trees to speak;
    Augursprophecies and understood relations have
    By maggot-pies and choughs and rooks brought forth
    The secret'st man of blood. What is the night? [125]

  60. LADY MACBETH:

    Almost at odds with morning, which is which.It is nearly dawn.

  61. MACBETH:

    How say'st thou, that Macduff denies his person
    At our great bidding?

  62. LADY MACBETH:

    Did you send to him?

  63. MACBETH:

    I hear it by the way; but I will send.
    There's not a one of them but in his house [130]
    I keep a servant fee'dspy paid. I will to-morrow,
    And betimesearly or soon I will, to the weird sisters:
    More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know,
    By the worst means, the worst. For mine own good,
    All causes shall give way: I am in blood [135]
    Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more,
    Returning were as tedious as go o'er.

    Strange things I have in head, that will to hand;
    Which must be acted ere they may be scann'd.Which must be performed before it can be learned.

  64. LADY MACBETH:

    You lack the seasonseasoning, preservative of all natures, sleep. [140]

  65. MACBETH:

    Come, we'll to sleep. My strange and self-abuseMy fears are because of my lack of experience (in murdering)
    Is the initiate fear that wants hard use:

    We are yet but young in deedbeginners at crime.

  66. Exeunt.

Description

Macbeth has arranged a banquet to celebrate his coronation, but it is interrupted early on by one of the murderers. The murderer tells Macbeth that they successfully killed Banquo, but that his son escaped. Macbeth tries not to worry about this, but almost immediately the ghost of Banquo appears to haunt him. Only Macbeth can see the ghost and is visibly terrified. Lady Macbeth attempts to explain his terror as an illness from which he suffers, but the guests eventually leave the banquet. Macbeth believes that the appearance of the ghost is a sign that he needs to become more ruthless, and decides to visit the witches again …

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