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began now to fail him, willing though he was to gain the kingship by any means, no matter what, if only he were not himself in danger, "we will go no farther in this business.
I have won many honors of late, and those we will enjoy for now. As to this last prophecy of the witch, we will wait.”
Then Lady Macbeth rose in all her rage, denouncing him in scathing sarcasm.
66 Was the hope drunk,
" Peace, woman, peace!” cried Macbeth, stung by her words. "I care do all that becomes a Who dares do more is none."
A man! when you broke this enterprise to me and dared do that which shall make you king—then Joll weo a man. Neither time nor place did help
Now here is Duncan beneath your very root--time and place have come to you.
And now you dare not do the deed. () shame upon you! cow
ard that you are! No woman loves her little ones more than I; but I would snatch them from my arms and dash their brains against the ground had I so sworn, as you have done to do this.”
* But if we should fail ? "
"Fail ! but screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail.”
Macbeth, inspired by her daring, and stung by her words, answered her.
" It shall be done. This very night I'll go to Duncan's bed, take from his guards their daggers, and kill the king. Then will the people say it was the guards themselves that did it.”
Meeting in the castle yard a little later, Banquo said to Macbeth, "I dreamed of the witches last night. To you they seemed to have told some truth.”
"O, the witches! I have not thought of them. Still, sometime when there is leisure, we'll talk together of their words. I doubt not their words will bring you honor as they have me.”
"I shall be glad,” answered Banquo simply, "if only I lose none in seeking to get more. We must keep our souls clear whatever comes. And now, good sleep to you."
" Thanks; the like to you.'"And now,” said Macbeth, turning to his servant, "Go bid thy mistress, when my Irink is ready, that she strike upon the bell. Then get thee to bed.
I shall not need you."
When, at last, Macbeth was alone, all the horror and dread of his deed came over him. It seemed to him the dagger he was to use stood forth in the air before him. Its very handle seemed towards him, inviting him to murder.
" Is this a dagger which I see before me,
It is the bloody business, which informs
Now o'er the one-half world
[A bell rings.
or to hell.
Macb. I have done the deed: - Did'st thou not hear a
noise ? Lady M.
I heard the owl scream, and the crickets cry. Did not you speak? Macb.
When? Lady M.
As I descended ? Lady M. Ay.
Donalbain. Macb This is a sorry sight.
[Looking at his hands. Lady M. A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight. Macb. There's one did laugh in his sleep, and one cried
Lady M. There are two lodg’d together.
('onsider it not so deeply. Macb. But wherefore could not I pronounce “ Amen?” I had most need of blessing, and “ Amen”
Stuck in my throat. Lady M.
These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad.
Macb. Methought I heard a voice cry, 6 Sleep no more ! Macbeth does murder sleep,”—the innocent sleep; Sleep, that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care, The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast
Lady M. What do you mean?
Macb. Still it cried, Sleep no more! to all the house :