Act I
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Act V
Enter Lady Macbeth


That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;

What hath quenched them hath given me fire. – Hark! – Peace!
quench (v.) 2 extinguish, put out, knock out

It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman
bellman (n.) bell-ringer who announces an impending death [as of a condemned prisoner]
fatal (adj.) 1 ominous, full of foreboding, doom-laden

Which gives the stern'st good-night. He is about it.

The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms
groom (n.) 1 servingman, servant, male attendant
surfeited (adj.) overfilled, intemperate, saturated

Do mock their charge with snores; I have drugged their possets
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty
posset (n.) restorative hot drink, made of milk, liquor, and other ingredients

That death and nature do contend about them
contend (v.) 1 fight, engage in combat, struggle
nature (n.) 2 natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]

Whether they live or die.



                         Who's there? What, ho!


Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,

And 'tis not done. The attempt and not the deed

Confounds us. – Hark! – I laid their daggers ready;

He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled

My father as he slept, I had done't.

Enter Macbeth, carrying two bloodstained daggers

                         My husband!


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


I heard the owl-scream and the cricket's cry.

Did not you speak?






                                                         As I descended?





Who lies i'the second chamber?
chamber (n.) 2 bedchamber, bedroom




(looks at his hands)

This is a sorry sight.
sorry (adj.) 1 sorrowful, painful, sad, pitiable


A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.


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 addressed them
address (v.) 1 prepare, make ready, poise to act

Again to sleep.


                         There are two lodged together.


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.’


Consider it not so deeply.
consider (v.) 1 reflect, think carefully, ponder, contemplate


But wherefore could not I pronounce ‘ Amen ’?

I had most need of blessing, and ‘ Amen ’

Stuck in my throat.


                         These deeds must not be thought

After these ways; so, it will make us mad.


Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘ Sleep no more!
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Macbeth does murder sleep – the innocent sleep,

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care,
ravelled (adj.) tangled, confused, jumbled up
sleave (n.) [of silk] strands, threads, skein

The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,

Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,

Chief nourisher in life's feast,’


                         What do you mean?


Still it cried ‘ Sleep no more ’ to all the house;
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

‘ Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor

Shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more.’


Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,

You do unbend your noble strength, to think
unbend (v.) slacken, weaken, undermine

So brain-sickly of things. Go get some water,
brain-sickly (adv.) foolishly, in such an addle-headed way

And wash this filthy witness from your hand.
witness (n.) evidence, sign

Why did you bring these daggers from the place?

They must lie there. Go, carry them and smear

The sleepy grooms with blood.
groom (n.) 1 servingman, servant, male attendant


                         I'll go no more.

I am afraid to think what I have done;

Look on't again I dare not.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


                         Infirm of purpose!

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 gild the faces of the grooms withal,
groom (n.) 1 servingman, servant, male attendant

For it must seem their guilt.


Knocking within


                         Whence is that knocking?

How is't with me when every noise appals me?

What hands are here! Ha – they pluck out mine eyes!

Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood

Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather

The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
incarnadine (v.) redden, turn blood-red
multitudinous (adj.) 1 myriad, innumerable; or: containing multitudes [of creatures]

Making the green one red.

Enter Lady Macbeth


My hands are of your colour; but I shame
shame (v.) be ashamed, be embarrassed

To wear a heart so white.


                         I hear a knocking

At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.

A little water clears us of this deed;

How easy is it then! Your constancy

Hath left you unattended.


                         Hark! more knocking.

Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us
occasion (n.) 4 course of events, state of affairs

And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
watcher (n.) one who stays wide-awake

So poorly in your thoughts.


To know my deed 'twere best not know myself.


Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!


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