FIRST MURDERER But who told you to come here and join us?
THIRD MURDERER Macbeth.
THIRD MURDERER Macbeth.
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SECOND MURDERER He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers Our offices and what we have to do To the direction just.
SECOND MURDERER We can trust him, since he's stated his instructions and they are identical to those we were given.
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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.
FIRST MURDERER Then stay with us. The western sky is still lit with streaks of daylight. Now all the late travellers are hurrying to reach their inns, and the one we were sent to watch for should be coming near.
THIRD MURDERER Hark, I hear horses.
THIRD MURDERER Listen! I hear horses.
BANQUO (within) Give us a light there, ho!
BANQUO (offstage) Hey, give us some light!
SECOND MURDERER Then 'tis he: the rest That are within the note of expectation Already are i' th' court.
SECOND MURDERER That is him. All of the other expected guests are already inside the castle.
FIRST MURDERER His horses go about.
FIRST MURDERER You can hear his horses being taken to the stables.
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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 It's almost a mile to the castle gate, but Banquo, like everybody, usually walks from here.
Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE with a torch
BANQUO and FLEANCE enter with a torch.
SECOND MURDERER A light, a light!
SECOND MURDERER Here comes a light! A light!
THIRD MURDERER 'Tis he.
THIRD MURDERER It's him.
FIRST MURDERER Stand to 't.
FIRST MURDERER Get ready.
BANQUO It will be rain tonight.
BANQUO It will rain tonight.
FIRST MURDERER Let it come down.
FIRST MURDERER Then let it rain.
The MURDERERS attack BANQUO
The MURDERERS attack BANQUO.
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BANQUO O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou may 'st revenge —O slave!
BANQUO Oh, treachery! Run, good Fleance, run, run, run! Maybe one day you can get revenge. — Oh, bastard!
BANQUO dies. Exit FLEANCE
BANQUO dies. FLEANCE escapes.
THIRD MURDERER Who did strike out the light?
THIRD MURDERER Who put out the light?
FIRSTMURDERER Was 't not the way?
FIRST MURDERER Wasn't that what we were supposed to do?
THIRD MURDERER There's but one down. The son is fled.
THIRD MURDERER But there's only one body here. The son escaped.
SECOND MURDERER We have lost best half of our affair.
SECOND MURDERER We failed in half of our mission.
FIRST MURDERER Well, let's away and say how much is done.
FIRST MURDERER Well, let's get out of here and tell Macbeth what we did get done.