Macbeth


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Act I
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Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Ross with an Old Man


OLD MAN

Threescore and ten I can remember well;

Within the volume of which time I have seen

Hours dreadful and things strange; but this sore night
sore (adj.) 3 violent, harsh, dreadful

Hath trifled former knowings.
father (n.) 1 old man, venerable sir See Topics: Address forms
trifle (v.) 2 make trivial, render insignificant


ROSS

                         Ha, good father,

Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man's act,

Threatens his bloody stage. By the clock 'tis day,

And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp;
strangle (v.) quench, eclipse, stifle

Is't night's predominance or the day's shame
predominance (n.) ascendancy, predominant influence, authority

That darkness does the face of earth entomb

When living light should kiss it?


OLD MAN

                         'Tis unnatural,

Even like the deed that's done. On Tuesday last,

A falcon towering in her pride of place
pride of place highest point reached by a bird of prey before swooping down
tower (v.) [falconry] mount up to a great height, circle, soar

Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.
hawk at (v.) pursue, attack, chase


ROSS

And Duncan's horses – a thing most strange and certain –

Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
minion (n.) 1 darling, favourite, select one

Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,

Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would
contend (v.) 1 fight, engage in combat, struggle

Make war with mankind.


OLD MAN

                         'Tis said they ate each other.


ROSS

They did so, to the amazement of mine eyes

That looked upon't.

Enter Macduff

                         Here comes the good Macduff.

How goes the world, sir, now?


MACDUFF

                         Why, see you not?


ROSS

Is't known who did this more than bloody deed?
bloody (adj.) 3 involving bloodshed


MACDUFF

Those that Macbeth hath slain.


ROSS

                         Alas the day!

What good could they pretend?
pretend (v.) 2 intend, design, plan
suborn (v.) bribe, corrupt, persuade [someone] to commit perjury


MACDUFF

                         They were suborned.

Malcolm and Donalbain, the King's two sons,

Are stolen away and fled, which puts upon them

Suspicion of the deed.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


ROSS

                         'Gainst nature still!

Thriftless ambition, that wilt raven up
raven up (v.) feed ravenously on, devour voraciously

Thine own life's means! – Then 'tis most like
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth?


MACDUFF

He is already named and gone to Scone
name (v.) 2 appoint, choose, designate [to an office]

To be invested.


ROSS

                         Where is Duncan's body?


MACDUFF

Carried to Colmekill,

The sacred storehouse of his predecessors

And guardian of their bones.


ROSS

                         Will you to Scone?


MACDUFF

No, cousin, I'll to Fife.


ROSS

                         Well, I will thither.


MACDUFF

Well, may you see things well done there – Adieu! –

Lest our old robes sit easier than our new.


ROSS

Farewell, father.


OLD MAN

God's benison go with you, and with those
benison (n.) blessing, benediction

That would make good of bad, and friends of foes!

Exeunt

 
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