Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter three MURDERERS
The two MURDERERS enter with a third MURDERER.

FIRST MURDERER

But who did bid thee join with us?

FIRST MURDERER

But who told you to come here and join us?

THIRD MURDERER

Macbeth.

THIRD MURDERER

Macbeth.

SECOND MURDERER

He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
Our offices and what we have to do
5To the direction just.

SECOND MURDERER

We can trust this guy. He was given exactly the same orders we were.

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
10The subject of our watch.

FIRST MURDERER

Then stay with us. There’s still a bit of daylight in the sky. Now all the late travellers are hurrying to reach their inns. Banquo is almost here.

THIRD MURDERER

     Hark, I hear horses.

THIRD MURDERER

Listen! I hear horses.

BANQUO

(within) Give us a light there, ho!

BANQUO

(from offstage) Hey, give us some light here!

SECOND MURDERER

     Then ’tis he: the rest
That are within the note of expectation
Already are i' th' court.

SECOND MURDERER

That must be him. The rest of the king’s guests are already inside.

FIRST MURDERER

     His horses go about.

FIRST MURDERER

You can hear his horses moving around as the servants take them to the stables.

THIRD MURDERER

Almost a mile; but he does usually—
15So all men do—from hence to the palace gate
Make it their walk.

THIRD MURDERER

It’s almost a mile to the palace gate, but Banquo, like everybody else, usually walks from here to the palace.
Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE with a torch
BANQUO and FLEANCE enter with a torch.