Macbeth Act 4 Scene 3

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MODERN TEXT; ACT III Scene 4

The stage is set for a banquet. MACBETH enters with LADY MACBETH, ROSS, LENNOX, LORDS, and their attendants.

MACBETH
You know your own ranks, so you know where to sit. Sit down. From the highest to the lowest of you, I bid you a hearty welcome.

LORDS
Thanks to your majesty.

MACBETH
I will walk around and mingle with all of you, playing the humble host. My wife will stay in her royal chair, but at the appropriate time I will have her welcome you all.

LADY MACBETH
Say welcome to all of our friends for me, sir, for in my heart they are all welcome.

The FIRST MURDERER appears at the door.

MACBETH
And they respond to you with their hearts as well. The table is full on both sides. I will sit here in the middle. Be free and happy. Soon we will toast around the table.

(approaching the door and speaking to the MURDERER) There’s blood on your face.

FIRST MURDERER
Then it must be Banquo’s.

MACBETH
I’d rather see his blood splattered on your face than flowing through his veins. Did you finish him off?

FIRST MURDERER
My lord, his throat is cut. I did that to him.

MACBETH
You are the best of the cutthroats. But whoever did the same to Fleance must also be good. If you cut both their throats, then you are the absolute best.

FIRST MURDERER
Most royal sir, Fleance has escaped.

MACBETH
Now I’m scared again. Otherwise I would have been perfect, as solid as a piece of marble, as firm as a rock, as free as the air itself. But now I’m all tangled up with doubts and fears. But Banquo’s been taken care of?

FIRST MURDERER
Yes, my good lord. He’s lying dead in a ditch, with twenty deep gashes in his head, any one of which would have been enough to kill him.

MACBETH
Thanks for that. The adult snake lies in the ditch. The young snake that escaped will in time become poisonous and threatening,…...

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