Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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MACBETH

     Sweet remembrancer!
Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
40And health on both!

MACBETH

It’s nice of you to remind me. (raising a glass to toast his guests) Since good digestion requires a good appetite, and good health requires both of those, here’s to good appetites, good digestion, and good health!

LENNOX

May ’t please your highness sit.

LENNOX

Why don’t you have a seat, your highness?
Enter the GHOST OF BANQUO, and sits in MACBETH’s place
The GHOST OF BANQUO enters and sits in MACBETH’s place.

MACBETH

Here had we now our country’s honor roofed,
Were the graced person of our Banquo present,
Who may I rather challenge for unkindness
45Than pity for mischance.

MACBETH

We would have all the nobility of Scotland gathered under one roof, if only Banquo were here. I hope it turns out that he’s late out of rudeness, and not because something bad has happened to him.

ROSS

     His absence, sir,
Lays blame upon his promise. Please ’t your highness
To grace us with your royal company?

ROSS

His absence means he’s broken his promise, sir. If it pleases you, your highness, why don’t you sit with us and grace us with your royal company?

MACBETH

The table’s full.

MACBETH

The table’s full.

LENNOX

Here is a place reserved, sir.

LENNOX

Here’s an empty seat, sir.

MACBETH

50Where?

MACBETH

Where?

LENNOX

Here, my good lord. What is ’t that moves your highness?

LENNOX

(pointing to where the GHOST sits) Here, my good lord. What’s wrong, your highness?

MACBETH

Which of you have done this?

MACBETH

(seeing the GHOST) Which one of you did this?

LORDS

     What, my good lord?

LORDS

What, my good lord?

MACBETH

(to GHOST) Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake
Thy gory locks at me.

MACBETH

(to the GHOST) You can’t say I did it. Don’t shake your bloody head at me.