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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

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Macbeth Act 3, Scene 3



A park near the palace

Enter three MURDERERS

Enter three MURDERERS

FIRST MURDERER

But who did bid thee join with us?

 

FIRST MURDERER

But who did bid thee join with us?

 

THIRD MURDERER

Macbeth.

 

THIRD MURDERER

Macbeth.

 

SECOND MURDERER

He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers

he=third murdered

Our offices and what we have to do

offices=duties

To the direction just.

just=just as Macbeth said

 

SECOND MURDERER

He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers

Our offices and what we have to do

To the direction just.

 

FIRST MURDERER

Then stand with us.

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.

Now spurs the lated traveler apace

lated=tardy

To gain the timely inn, and near approaches

The subject of our watch.

(namely, Banquo)

 

FIRST MURDERER

Then stand with us.

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.

Now spurs the lated traveler apace

To gain the timely inn, and near approaches

The subject of our watch.

 

THIRD MURDERER

     Hark, I hear horses.

 

THIRD MURDERER

     Hark, I hear horses.

 

BANQUO

(within) Give us a light there, ho!

 

BANQUO

(within) Give us a light there, ho!

 

SECOND MURDERER

     Then ’tis he: the rest

That are within the note of expectation

within the note of expectation=expected

Already are i' th' court.

 

SECOND MURDERER

     Then ’tis he: the rest

That are within the note of expectation

Already are i' th' court.

 

FIRST MURDERER

     His horses go about.

 

FIRST MURDERER

     His horses go about.

 

THIRD MURDERER

Almost a mile; but he does usually—

So all men do—from hence to the palace gate

Make it their walk.

 

THIRD MURDERER

Almost a mile; but he does usually—

So all men do—from hence to the palace gate

Make it their walk.

 

Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE with a torch

Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE with a torch

SECOND MURDERER

     A light, a light!

 

SECOND MURDERER

     A light, a light!

 

THIRD MURDERER

     'Tis he.

 

THIRD MURDERER

     'Tis he.

 

FIRST MURDERER

Stand to ’t [get ready].

 

FIRST MURDERER

Stand to ’t.

 

BANQUO

It will be rain tonight.

 

BANQUO

It will be rain tonight.

 

FIRST MURDERER

     Let it come down.

 

FIRST MURDERER

     Let it come down.

 

The MURDERERS attack BANQUO

The MURDERERS attack BANQUO

BANQUO

O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!

Thou may ’st revenge —O slave [villain]!

 

BANQUO

O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!

Thou may ’st revenge —O slave!

 

THIRD MURDERER

Who did strike out the light?

 

THIRD MURDERER

Who did strike out the light?

 

FIRSTMURDERER

     Was ’t not the way [the best thing to do]?

 

FIRSTMURDERER

     Was ’t not the way?

 

THIRD MURDERER

There’s but one down. The son is fled.

 

THIRD MURDERER

There’s but one down. The son is fled.

 

SECOND MURDERER

We have lost best half of our affair.

 

SECOND MURDERER

We have lost best half of our affair.

 

FIRST MURDERER

Well, let’s away and say how much is done.

 

FIRST MURDERER

Well, let’s away and say how much is done.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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