Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewoman
physic (n.) 1 medicine, healing, treatment See Topics: Frequency count
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil


DOCTOR

I have two nights watched with you, but can

perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last

walked?


GENTLEWOMAN

Since his majesty went into the field I
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown

upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it,
closet (n.) 2 private repository for valuables, cabinet

write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return

to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.


DOCTOR

A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once
nature (n.) 2 natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]

the benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching. In
effect (n.) 3 sign, mark, token, manifestation
watching (n.) wakefulness, sleeplessness, vigilance

this slumbery agitation, besides her walking and other
agitation (n.) movement, motion, activity [physical, not mental]
slumbery (adj.) slumbering, sleepy, drowsy

actual performances, what, at any time, have you heard
actual (adj.) active, involving specific activity

her say?


GENTLEWOMAN

That, sir, which I will not report after

her.


DOCTOR

You may to me; and 'tis most meet you should.
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count


GENTLEWOMAN

Neither to you nor anyone, having no

witness to confirm my speech.

Enter Lady Macbeth with a taper

Lo you! Here she comes. This is her very guise; and,
guise (n.) way, custom, practice

upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.
close (adv.) 1 closely, staying near


DOCTOR

How came she by that light?


GENTLEWOMAN

Why, it stood by her. She has light by

her continually; 'tis her command.


DOCTOR

You see her eyes are open.


GENTLEWOMAN

Ay, but their sense are shut.


DOCTOR

What is it she does now? Look how she rubs her

hands.


GENTLEWOMAN

It is an accustomed action with her to
action (n.) 8 movement, demeanour, gesture

seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue

in this a quarter of an hour.


LADY

Yet here's a spot.


DOCTOR

Hark! She speaks. I will set down what comes

from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count
satisfy (v.) 1 provide with information, reassure, convince


LADY

Out, damned spot! Out, I say! – One: two: why

then, 'tis time to do't. – Hell is murky! – Fie, my lord,

fie! A soldier and afeard? What need we fear who
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count

knows it, when none can call our power to accompt? –
account, accompt (n.) 1 reckoning, judgement [especially by God]
power (n.) 3 authority, government

Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so

much blood in him?


DOCTOR

Do you mark that?
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count


LADY

The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? –

What, will these hands ne'er be clean? – No more o' that,

my lord, no more o' that.You mar all with this starting.
starting (n.) 2 startle reaction, flinching, recoiling


DOCTOR

Go to, go to: you have known what you should

not.


GENTLEWOMAN

She has spoke what she should not, I am

sure of that. Heaven knows what she has known.


LADY

Here's the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes

of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! Oh! Oh!


DOCTOR

What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.
charged (adj.) 1 burdened, laden, oppressed
sorely (adv.) 2 heavily, grievously, profoundly


GENTLEWOMAN

I would not have such a heart in my

bosom for the dignity of the whole body.


DOCTOR

Well, well, well.


GENTLEWOMAN

Pray God it be, sir.


DOCTOR

This disease is beyond my practice; yet I have

known those which have walked in their sleep who have

died holily in their beds.


LADY

Wash your hands; put on your nightgown; look not

so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he cannot

come out on's grave.


DOCTOR

Even so?


LADY

To bed, to bed! There's knocking at the gate.

Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What's

done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.

Exit


DOCTOR

Will she go now to bed?


GENTLEWOMAN

Directly.
directly (adv.) 1 immediately, at once


DOCTOR

Foul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deeds
unnatural (adj.) 2 abnormal, monstrous, aberrant

Do breed unnatural troubles; infected minds

To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.

More needs she the divine than the physician.

God, God forgive us all! Look after her,

Remove from her the means of all annoyance
annoyance (n.) 1 injury, harmfulness, danger

And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
mate (v.) 1 astound, amaze, confound

I think, but dare not speak.


GENTLEWOMAN

                         Good night, good doctor.

Exeunt

 
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