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Act 3, Scene 6


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Enter LENNOX and another LORD

LENNOX and another LORD enter.

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LENNOX
My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
Which can interpret farther. Only I say
Things have been strangely borne. The gracious Duncan
Was pitied of Macbeth. Marry, he was dead.
And the right-valiant Banquo walked too late,
Whom, you may say, if 't please you, Fleance killed,
For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
Who cannot want the thought how monstrous
It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain
To kill their gracious father? Damnèd fact!
How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight
In pious rage the two delinquents tear
That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too,
For 'twould have angered any heart alive
To hear the men deny 't. So that, I say,
He has borne all things well. And I do think
That had he Duncan's sons under his key—
As, an't please heaven, he shall not—they should find
What 'twere to kill a father. So should Fleance.
But, peace! For from broad words, and 'cause he failed
His presence at the tyrant's feast, I hear
Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell
Where he bestows himself?

LENNOX
What I said before shows the similarity of our thoughts, and we can draw a few further conclusions. I'm just saying that strange things have been happening. Macbeth pitied the gracious Duncan—though only after Duncan was dead. And heroic Banquo went out walking too late at night. I guess, if you like, we can say that Fleance must have killed him, because Fleance ran from the crime scene. Obviously, men should not go out walking too late at night. And who can disagree that it was monstrous of Malcolm and Donalbain to kill their gracious father? A damned act! How it upset Macbeth! Why, in a righteous rage, he then immediately killed those two servants while they were still drunk and sleeping? Wasn't that the noble thing for Macbeth to do? Yes, and wise too, because it would have angered anyone alive to hear those two servants deny their guilt. So, given all this, I think Macbeth has handled things well. I do believe that if Macbeth had Duncan's sons in custody—which I pray won't happen—they would learn the awful the punishment for killing a father. As would Fleance. But we should be silence. For I hear that Macduff, who spoke too plainly and failed to appear when summoned by Macbeth, now lives is now out of favor with the king. Can you tell me where he's staying?

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LORD
The son of Duncan—
From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth—
Lives in the English court and is received
Of the most pious Edward with such grace
That the malevolence of fortune nothing
Takes from his high respect. Thither Macduff
Is gone to pray the holy king upon his aid
To wake Northumberland and warlike Siward,
That by the help of these—with Him above
To ratify the work—we may again
Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,
Do faithful homage and receive free honors.
All which we pine for now. And this report
Hath so exasperated the king that he
Prepares for some attempt of war.

LORD
Duncan's son Malcolm, whose birthright was stolen by Macbeth, lives in England, where the saintly King Edward treats Malcolm with all due respect despite all of Malcolm's misfortunes. Macduff went there to beg holy King Edward to call to arms Northumberland and the great warrior lord Siward. Macduff hopes that with their help—and the support of God above—that we may once again be able put food on our tables, escape our sleepless nights, enjoy our feasts and banquets without any violent murders, pay sincere homage to our king, and receive the honors we are due. All of that is what we pine for now. Macbeth knows of Macduff's mission and is so angry that he's preparing for war.

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LENNOX
Sent he to Macduff?

LENNOX
Did Macbeth order Macduff to return?




LORD
He did, and with an absolute "Sir, not I,"
The cloudy messenger turns me his back,
And hums, as who should say "You'll rue the time
That clogs me with this answer."

LORD
He did, but Macduff responded, "Sir, I won't." The messenger bearing the command turned his back on Macduff and hummed, as if to say, "You'll regret the day you gave me this answer."

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LENNOX
And that well might
Advise him to a caution, t' hold what distance
His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
Fly to the court of England and unfold
His message ere he come, that a swift blessing
May soon return to this our suffering country
Under a hand accursed!

LENNOX
That should be warning enough for Macduff to be cautious and stay away from Scotland and Macbeth. Some holy angel should fly to the court of England and tell Macduff to quickly return to help our country, which is suffering under a cursed tyrant!

LORD
I'll send my prayers with him.

LORD
I'll send my prayers with him.

Exeunt

They exit.

 

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