Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Banquo, and Fleance with a torch before him


BANQUO

How goes the night, boy?


FLEANCE

The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.


BANQUO

And she goes down at twelve.


FLEANCE

                         I take't 'tis later, sir.


BANQUO

Hold, take my sword. There's husbandry in heaven:
husbandry (n.) 1 thrift, good economy, careful management

Their candles are all out. Take thee that too.

A heavy summons lies like lead upon me
heavy (adj.) 3 pressing, weighty, overpowering

And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers,

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities

Gives way to in repose.

Enter Macbeth and a Servant with a torch

                         Give me my sword!

Who's there?


MACBETH

A friend.


BANQUO

What, sir, not yet at rest? The King's a-bed.

He hath been in unusual pleasure,

And sent forth great largess to your offices.
office (n.) 8 (plural) servants' quarters, service rooms

This diamond he greets your wife withal

By the name of most kind hostess, and shut up
shut up (v.) 2 conclude [a speech], wind up

In measureless content.
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness


MACBETH

                         Being unprepared

Our will became the servant to defect,
defect (n.) 1 deficiency, shortcoming
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination

Which else should free have wrought.
free (adv.) freely, in a liberal way
work (v.), past form wrought 2 perform, do, carry out


BANQUO

                         All's well.

I dreamt last night of the three Weird Sisters.

To you they have showed some truth.


MACBETH

                         I think not of them.

Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve,

We would spend it in some words upon that business,

If you would grant the time.


BANQUO

                         At your kind'st leisure.


MACBETH

If you shall cleave to my consent when 'tis,
consent (n.) 2 opinion, feeling, counsel

It shall make honour for you.


BANQUO

                         So I lose none

In seeking to augment it, but still keep
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

My bosom franchised and allegiance clear,
bosom (n.) 1 heart, inner person
clear (adj.) 2 innocent, blameless, free from fault, not guilty
franchised (adj.) free from evil, upright

I shall be counselled.


MACBETH

                         Good repose the while.


BANQUO

Thanks, sir; the like to you.
like, the the same

Exit Banquo and Fleance


MACBETH

Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready

She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed.

Exit Servant

Is this a dagger which I see before me,

The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee –

I have thee not and yet I see thee still!
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
fatal (adj.) 1 ominous, full of foreboding, doom-laden
sensible (adj.) 2 evident, perceptible by the senses, affecting the senses

To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but

A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial

Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

I see thee yet, in form as palpable

As this which now I draw.

Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going,

And such an instrument I was to use. –

Mine eyes are made the fools o'the other senses,

Or else worth all the rest. – I see thee still;

And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,
dudgeon (n.) [of a dagger] handle, hilt, haft
gout (n.) drop, spot, trace

Which was not so before. There's no such thing.

It is the bloody business which informs
inform (v.) 4 take form, appear in a shape

Thus to mine eyes. Now o'er the one half-world
half-world (n.) hemisphere, half of the globe

Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

The curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates

Pale Hecat's offerings; and withered Murder,
offering (n.) ritual, oblation, sacrificial rite

Alarumed by his sentinel the wolf,
alarum (v.) arouse, urge on, incite

Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
watch (n.) 6 signal, watchword, call

With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design
design (n.) 1 undertaking, purpose, enterprise

Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,

Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear

Thy very stones prate of my whereabout
prate (v.) prattle, chatter, blather See Topics: Frequency count

And take the present horror from the time

Which now suits with it. – Whiles I threat, he lives:
suit (v.) 2 match, compare, equate

Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.

A bell rings

I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.

Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell

That summons thee to heaven or to hell.

Exit

 
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