Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth,

Ross, Lennox, Lords, and Attendants


MACBETH

You know your own degrees, sit down. At first
degree (n.) 1 rank, station, standing
first and last, at to one and all, from beginning to end

And last, the hearty welcome.


LORDS

                         Thanks to your majesty.


MACBETH

Ourself will mingle with society
society (n.) 3 groups of people, companions

And play the humble host.

He walks around the tables

Our hostess keeps her state; but in best time
best (adj.) 1 most appropriate, most suitable
state (n.) 8 throne, chair of state

We will require her welcome.


LADY

Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends,

For my heart speaks they are welcome.

Enter First Murderer


MACBETH

See, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks;

Both sides are even. Here I'll sit i'the midst.

Be large in mirth. Anon we'll drink a measure
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
large (adj.) 1 generous, bountiful, liberal, lavish

The table round.

He rises and goes to the Murderer

There's blood upon thy face!


FIRST MURDERER

                         'Tis Banquo's then.


MACBETH

'Tis better thee without than he within.

Is he dispatched?
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off


FIRST MURDERER

                         My lord, his throat is cut;

That I did for him.


MACBETH

                         Thou art the best o'the cut-throats.

Yet he's good that did the like for Fleance.
like, the the same

If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil.
nonpareil (n.) person without equal, unique one, paragon


FIRST MURDERER

Most royal sir – Fleance is scaped.
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count


MACBETH

Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,
fit (n.) 1 fever, attack, seizure
perfect (adj.) 9 in a state of complete satisfaction, totally content

Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
founded (adj.) firmly based, secure, stable
whole (adj.) 2 unbroken, sound, intact

As broad and general as the casing air;
broad (adj.) 1 widespread, far-reaching, widely diffused
casing (adj.) encasing, surrounding, enveloping
general (adj.) 2 all-embracing, universal, comprehensive

But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
cabin (v.) 2 cage, pen in, shut up in limiting bounds
crib (v.) shut up [as in a tiny hovel], confine within a small space

To saucy doubts and fears. – But Banquo's safe?
safe (adj.) 2 sure, certain, assured
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant


FIRST MURDERER

Ay, my good lord; safe in a ditch he bides,

With twenty trenched gashes on his head,
trenched (adj.) 1 deep, severe, entrenched

The least a death to nature.
nature (n.) 4 mortal life, natural life


MACBETH

                         Thanks for that.

There the grown serpent lies. The worm that's fled
worm (n.) 1 serpent, snake

Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
nature (n.) 5 personality, innate disposition, character

No teeth for the present. Get thee gone. Tomorrow
tooth (n.) 1 fangs

We'll hear ourselves again.

Exit Murderer


LADY

                         My royal lord,

You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold
cheer (n.) 2 kind welcome, good reception
sold (adj.) made commercial, as if for sale

That is not often vouched, while 'tis a-making,
vouch (v.) 3 pledge, praise, commend

'Tis given with welcome. To feed were best at home;

From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony;

Meeting were bare without it.
remembrancer (n.) official reminder, aide-memoire


MACBETH

                         Sweet remembrancer!

Now good digestion wait on appetite,
wait on / upon (v.) 1 accompany, attend

And health on both!


LENNOX

                         May't please your highness sit.

Enter the Ghost of Banquo and sits in Macbeth's place


MACBETH

Here had we now our country's honour roofed,
honour (n.) 1 fame, renown, glory

Were the graced person of our Banquo present;
graced (adj.) 1 stately, dignified, gracious

Who may I rather challenge for unkindness
challenge (v.) 2 reproach, reprove, reprimand
unkindness (n.) 2 ingratitude, unthankfulness, lack of appreciation

Than pity for mischance.


ROSS

                         His absence, sir,

Lays blame upon his promise. Please't your highness

To grace us with your royal company?


MACBETH

The table's full.


LENNOX

                         Here is a place reserved, sir.


MACBETH

Where?


LENNOX

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


MACBETH

Which of you have done this?


LORDS

                         What, my good lord?


MACBETH

Thou canst not say I did it; never shake

Thy gory locks at me.


ROSS

Gentlemen, rise. His highness is not well.


LADY

(descends from her throne)

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
thought, upon a in a moment, instantly, straight away

He will again be well. If much you note him,
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]

You shall offend him and extend his passion.
passion (n.) 4 fit of anger, feeling of rage

Feed, and regard him not. – Are you a man?


MACBETH

Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that

Which might appal the devil.
proper (adj.) 3 thorough, absolute, complete
stuff (n.) 3 rubbish, nonsense


LADY

                         O proper stuff!

This is the very painting of your fear.

This is the air-drawn dagger which you said
air-drawn (adj.) drawn through the air; or: drawn in the air

Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts,
flaw (n.) 1 gust, squall, blast
start (n.) 2 outburst, eruption, fit, reaction

Impostors to true fear, would well become
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

A woman's story at a winter's fire,

Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!
authorize (v.) vouch for, approve, speak with authority
grandam (n.) grandmother See Topics: Family

Why do you make such faces? When all's done

You look but on a stool.


MACBETH

                         Prithee, see there!

Behold! Look! Lo! – How say you?

Why, what care I if thou canst nod! Speak, too!

If charnel-houses and our graves must send
charnel-house, charnel house (n.) bone-store, burial vault

Those that we bury, back, our monuments

Shall be the maws of kites.

Exit Ghost
kite (n.) bird of prey; thieving bird [of ill omen; also, strong term of abuse]
maw (n.) belly, stomach; throat, gullet


LADY

                         What, quite unmanned in folly?


MACBETH

If I stand here, I saw him.


LADY

                         Fie, for shame!


MACBETH

Blood hath been shed ere now, i'the olden time,

Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;
gentle (adj.) 5 made peaceful, become violence-free
humane (adj.) 2 civil, benevolent
weal 1 state, community, commonwealth

Ay, and since too, murders have been performed

Too terrible for the ear. The times has 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,
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal
murder, murther (n.) wound, gash [serious enough to cause death]

And push us from our stools. This is more strange

Than such a murder is.


LADY

                         My worthy lord,

Your noble friends do lack you.


MACBETH

                         I do forget.

Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends:
muse (v.) 1 wonder, be surprised

I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing

To those that know me. Come, love and health to all!

Then I'll sit down. Give me some wine; fill full!

Enter Ghost

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,

And all to all.


LORDS

                         Our duties and the pledge!


MACBETH

(sees the Ghost)
avaunt (int.) begone, go away, be off See Topics: Frequency count

Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!

Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold.

Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
speculation (n.) 1 power of knowing, faculty of intelligence

Which thou dost glare with.


LADY

                         Think of this, good peers,

But as a thing of custom; 'tis no other;
custom (n.) 1 habit, usual practice, customary usage

Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.


MACBETH

What man dare, I dare.

Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
rugged (adj.) 1 hairy, shaggy, bristling

The armed rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger,
armed (adj.) 1 armoured, mail-clad, furnished with defences

Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
nerve (n.) 1 sinew, ligament, muscle

Shall never tremble. Or be alive again,

And dare me to the desert with thy sword:

If trembling I inhabit then, protest me

The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow!

Unreal mockery, hence!

Exit Ghost

                         Why, so; being gone,

I am a man again. – Pray you sit still.


LADY

You have displaced the mirth, broke the good meeting
displace (v.) 1 remove, banish, get rid of

With most admired disorder.
admired (adj.) 1 wonderful, amazing, remarkable


MACBETH

                         Can such things be,

And overcome us like a summer's cloud,
overcome (v.) suddenly come over, swiftly pass across

Without our special wonder? You make me strange
wonder (n.) 1 feeling of wonder, astonishment, marvelling

Even to the disposition that I owe
disposition (n.) 2 natural temperament, normal state of mind
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

When now I think you can behold such sights

And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,

When mine is blanched with fear.


ROSS

                         What sights, my lord?


LADY

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.


LENNOX

                         Good night; and better health

Attend his majesty!


LADY

                         A kind good-night to all!

Exeunt Lords
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with


MACBETH

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.

Stones have been known to move and trees to speak;

Augurs and understood relations have
augur, augure (n.) 1 augury, prophecy, divination
relation (n.) 2 relationship, connection, association

By maggot-pies, and choughs, and rooks brought forth

The secret'st man of blood. What is the night?


LADY

Almost at odds with morning, which is which.


MACBETH

How sayst thou, that Macduff denies his person

At our great bidding?


LADY

                         Did you send to him, sir?


MACBETH

I hear it by the way. But I will send.

There's not a one of them, but in his house

I keep a servant fee'd. I will tomorrow –
fee'd (adj.) paid by a fee, hired, bribed

And betimes I will – to the Weird Sisters.
betimes (adv.) 1 early in the morning, at an early hour

More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know
bent (adj.) 1 determined, intent, resolved

By the worst means the worst. For mine own good

All causes shall give way. I am in blood

Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more,

Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
tedious (adj.) 1 laborious, painstaking, wearyingly intricate

Strange things I have in head, that will to hand;

Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.
scan (v.) 1 examine, carefully consider


LADY

You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
season (n.) 7 seasoning, flavour, preservative


MACBETH

Come, we'll to sleep. My strange and self-abuse
self-abuse (n.) self-deception, self-delusion

Is the initiate fear that wants hard use.
initiate (adj.) novice, beginner's, as of one newly initiated
want (v.) 4 require, demand, need

We are yet but young in deed.
young (adj.) 1 immature, inexperienced, raw

Exeunt

 
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