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					ACT III – MACBETH

SCENE I. Forres. The palace.

Enter BANQUO
BANQUO
You have it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
As the weird women promised, and, I fear,
you played most foully for it:
It is said that you will not stand as king forever
But that myself should be the root and father
Of many kings. If there come truth from them--
As upon you, Macbeth, their speeches shine--
Why wouldn’t the prophesy be true for me too?
Enough already, someone is coming.

Enter MACBETH, as king, LADY MACBETH, as queen, LENNOX, ROSS, Lords, Ladies, and Attendants

MACBETH
Here's our chief guest.

LADY MACBETH
If he had been forgotten,
It would be a gap in our great feast.

MACBETH
Tonight we hold a solemn supper sir,
And I'll request your presence.

BANQUO
Let your highness
Command upon me; to you which my duties
Are most unbreakable.

MACBETH
Will you go riding this afternoon?

BANQUO
Yes, my good lord.

MACBETH
We desire your good advice,
Which still has been both grave and prosperous,
In this day's council; but we'll talk tomorrow.
Are you going far on your ride?

BANQUO
As far, my lord, as will fill up the time
I will be back for supper.

MACBETH
Don’t be late for our dinner.


BANQUO
My lord, I will not.


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MACBETH
We hear, our bloody cousins are hiding
In England and in Ireland, not confessing
Their cruel deeds, filling their supporters
With strange ideas: but we’ll talk about that tomorrow,
Get to your horse:
Is Fleance going for the ride, too?

BANQUO
Yes, my good lord.

MACBETH
Farewell. I hope your horses ride well.

Exit BANQUO

Let every man be master of his time
Till seven at night.
God be with you, Banquo.

Exit all but MACBETH and an attendant

Sir, a word with you:
Do I have visitors?

ATTENDANT
Yes, lord, they are outside waiting.

MACBETH
Bring them before me.

Exit Attendant

To be king is nothing;
But to be safely king is more important.--Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be feared: it is much he dares;
And, to that fearless temper of his mind,
He has a wisdom that guides his valor
To act in safety. There is no one other than him that I fear:
and, under him,
He reprimanded the sisters
When they first gave me the title of king,
And made them speak to him: then prophet-like
They hailed him father to a line of kings:
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
And put a barren scepter in my grip,
Then to be cursed with to having no lineage,
No son of mine succeeding. If it is so,
For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind;
For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;
Put rancor in the vessel of my peace
Only for them; and my eternal jewel
Given to the common enemy of man!
Rather than Banquo’s sons as kings, fate must help me in this situation.


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Re-enter Attendant, with two Murderers

Now go to the door, and stay there till we call.

Exit Attendant

Didn’t we speak yesterday?

First Murderer
It was your highness.

MACBETH
Well then, now
Have you considered what we talked about? Didn’t I make
a good deal with you?
Do you not realize now what an evil man Banquo is?
Did I not tell you of all the wrongs he has done to you?
You thought it was me who took your promotion, but it was Banquo.

First Murderer
You did tell us. We believe you now.

MACBETH
This is now our point of second meeting.
Are you mad enough to take revenge?

First Murderer
We are men, my lord.

MACBETH
Yes, you are true men;
Your business is to take care of Banquo.
Make him pay.
Both of you
Know Banquo is your enemy. Take care of your enemy.

Both Murderers
Yes, my lord.

MACBETH
He is also my enemy; and in such bloody distance,
His existence threatens mine.
Kill him and save me.

Second Murderer
We will do whatever you command.




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MACBETH
You are good men.
Here is the plan.
Hide and wait for Banquo and his son Fleance
To ride past.
Since they will be caught off guard, they will be unable
To fight back.
Kill them both.

Both Murderers
Yes, my lord.

MACBETH
We’ll speak after the deed is done.

Exit Murderers

It is concluded. Banquo, you will die tonight.

Exit

SCENE II. The palace.

Enter LADY MACBETH and a Servant
LADY MACBETH
Has Banquo left?

Servant
Yes, but he will be back tonight.

LADY MACBETH
Please tell the king I’d like to speak to him.

Servant
Yes, ma’am.

Exit

LADY MACBETH
What is wrong with my husband? He will not even spend a moment of time with me.

Enter MACBETH

What’s wrong with you? Why are you always alone?
Do you regret the steps we have taken to attain power?
You hide your emotions from me and from everyone you know.

MACBETH
We have injured the snake, not killed it, my dear.
We are not safe yet.
I fear that we must take care of some others
Who are in our way.
Duncan is a lucky man:
He is far away from treasonous plots.




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LADY MACBETH
Come on, enough of this plotting;
Have a good time tonight. You are the king.

MACBETH
My mind is full of scorpions, my love.
Banquo and Fleance live!

LADY MACBETH
So what?

MACBETH
Unfortunately tonight will end badly.

LADY MACBETH
What's to be done?

MACBETH
I will not tell you.
I want you innocent to this deed.
You support me, and that’s all I ask of you.

Exit

SCENE III. A park near the palace.

Enter three Murderers
First Murderer
But who told you to come with us?

Third Murderer
Macbeth.

Second Murderer
He doesn’t trust us?

First Murderer
So be it. Stand with us.
The sun hasn’t gone down quite yet.
They should be here soon.

Third Murderer
Quiet! I hear horses.

BANQUO
[Within] Give us a light there!

Second Murderer (whispering)
He will never suspect a thing!
A light, a light!

Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE with a torch

Third Murderer
It is him. He’s coming.


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First Murderer
Get ready.

BANQUO (to Fleance)
It’s going to rain tonight.

First Murderer
(whispers) Let it come down.

They attack BANQUO

BANQUO
Run! Run, Fleance! Murderous plot! Run for your life!
Help me! Help!

Banquo dies. FLEANCE escapes.

Third Murderer
Who put out the light?
We didn’t kill the boy!

Second Murderer
We let the other half flee.

First Murderer
We need to see King Macbeth immediately.
He will not be happy with the news.

Exit

SCENE IV. The same. Hall in the palace.

A banquet prepared. Enter MACBETH, LADY MACBETH, ROSS, LENNOX, Lords, and Attendants
MACBETH
You know how you should all sit at the table. Sit, and get ready for a great night.

Lords
Thank you, majesty.

MACBETH (to Lady Macbeth)
Play the humble hostess. Entertain them all.

LADY MACBETH
Tell everyone how happy I am to have them here with us.

First Murderer appears at the door

MACBETH
Gather your cups,
We must have a drink.

Approaching the door

There's blood on your face.




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First Murderer
It’s Banquo’s.

MACBETH
Good. Dead?

First Murderer
My lord, his throat is cut..

MACBETH
You have lived up to your reputation.
And, Fleance?

First Murderer
My lord, he has escaped.

MACBETH
What? Escaped?
How could you?
What am I supposed to do now?
Where is Banquo’s body?

First Murderer
Banquo is lying in a ditch with twenty slashes to his head.

MACBETH
Thanks,
We’ll speak again.

Exit Murderer

LADY MACBETH
Dear, you are not doing too well entertaining your guests.

MACBETH
My apologies!
Let’s toast to good health and a good appetite.

LENNOX
May we sit, your highness?

The GHOST OF BANQUO enters, and sits in Macbeth’s place

MACBETH
It is unfortunate that Banquo is not here.
I was trying to hold off for his entrance.
It looks as if he is not coming.

ROSS
Please allow us to entertain you, my lord.

MACBETH
The table's full.

LENNOX
Here is a place reserved, sir.


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MACBETH
Where?

LENNOX
Here, my good lord. What is it that upsets you, sir?

MACBETH
Which of you have done this?

Lords
What, my good lord?

MACBETH (yelling to Banquo’s ghost)
You cannot blame me; I did not do it to you!

ROSS
Gentlemen, rise: his highness is not well.

LADY MACBETH
Sit, worthy friends: my lord is fine.
He has had fits like this since childhood.
He is a sickly man, but he is okay.

MACBETH (to ghost)
Your devilish look seems to blame me!

LADY MACBETH (whispering to Macbeth)
For crying out loud!
You are nuts!
Why are you speaking to a chair?

MACBETH
Look! See there! Look!
Speak to me!

GHOST OF BANQUO vanishes

LADY MACBETH
What is it?
This is not funny.

MACBETH
I saw him! I saw Banquo.

LADY MACBETH
You should be ashamed of yourself. You are an embarrassment!

MACBETH
Blood has been shed here now.
Murder is haunting me!



LADY MACBETH
My worthy lord,


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Your noble friends are waiting for you.

MACBETH
I am so sorry, friends.
Please ignore my outbursts.
Sometimes I am not well.

Lords
We follow you, lord.

Re-enter GHOST OF BANQUO

MACBETH
Get out of here!
Your bones are marrowless, your blood is cold.

LADY MACBETH
I think we should call it a night, gentlemen.

MACBETH
What kind of man would do this?
Leave me be!

GHOST OF BANQUO vanishes

Thank God, he is gone.
I feel normal again.

LADY MACBETH
You have caused chaos this evening.

MACBETH
Can such happen so quickly?
How have you all kept your wits when I cannot?
Did you not witness the same sights?

ROSS
What sights, my lord?

LADY MACBETH
Please do not speak to him.
You all must leave and allow him some peace.

LENNOX
Good night; and better health, my lord.

LADY MACBETH
A kind good night to all!

Exit all but MACBETH and LADY MACBETH



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




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LADY MACBETH
You know that Macduff will not come here. He
Has promised to stay away. He is acting very strangely.

MACBETH
Why would he not accept our dinner invitation? Treasonous man!
I must visit the three witches.
I need their guidance.

LADY MACBETH
You lack sleep.

MACBETH
Let’s go to bed. I am exhausted from this strange night.

Exit

SCENE V. A Heath.

Thunder. Enter the three Witches meeting HECATE
First Witch
Why, Hecate! You look angry.

HECATE
Don’t I have a reason?
Troublemakers you are! Saucy and overbold?
How dare you not consult me in this matter?
You have meddled in Macbeth’s affairs and caused many problems.
Meet me in the morning: when he will
Will come to know his destiny:
I must go for now.

Exit

First Witch
Come, let's hurry; she'll be back again.

Exit

SCENE VI. Forres. The palace.

Enter LENNOX and another Lord
LENNOX
My thoughts bother me!
Too many strange things have happened over the last days of our lives.
Fleance has fled. He stands accused of killing Banquo.
Malcolm is in England, under the protection of the king.

Lord
Malcolm is under good protection there!



LENNOX
Did King Edward send word back to Macduff?




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Lord
He did: and with an absolute ‘No’ as his answer.
He does not want to interfere in our problems.

LENNOX
Someone must go to England and plead with King Edward.
Macduff must go and work out a deal.

Lord
I'll send my prayers with him.

Exit




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