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  Act 4 Scene 2

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Enter a MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.

MESSENGER

Bless you, fair dame! I am not to you known,
60Though in your state of honor I am perfect.
I doubt some danger does approach you nearly.
If you will take a homely man’s advice,
Be not found here. Hence with your little ones.
To fright you thus methinks I am too savage;
65To do worse to you were fell cruelty,
Which is too nigh your person. Heaven preserve you!
I dare abide no longer.

MESSENGER

Bless you, fair lady! You don’t know me, but I know you’re an important person. I’m afraid something dangerous is coming toward you. If you’ll take a simple man’s advice, don’t be here when it arrives. Go away and take your children. I feel bad for scaring you like this, but it would be much worse for me to let you come to harm. And harm is getting close! Heaven keep you safe!
Exit
The MESSENGER exits.

LADY MACDUFF

Whither should I fly?
I have done no harm. But I remember now
70I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
Is often laudable, to do good sometime
Accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas,
Do I put up that womanly defense,
To say I have done no harm?

LADY MACDUFF

Where should I go? I haven’t done anything wrong. But I have to remember that I’m here on Earth, where doing evil is often praised, and doing good is sometimes a stupid and dangerous mistake. So then why should I offer this womanish defense that I’m innocent?
Enter MURDERERS
The MURDERERS enter.
     What are these faces?
Who are these men?

FIRST MURDERER

75Where is your husband?

FIRST MURDERER

Where is your husband?

LADY MACDUFF

I hope, in no place so unsanctified
Where such as thou mayst find him.

LADY MACDUFF

I hope he’s not anywhere so disreputable that thugs like you can find him.

FIRST MURDERER

     He’s a traitor.

FIRST MURDERER

He’s a traitor.

SON

Thou liest, thou shag-haired villain!

SON

You’re lying, you shaggy-haired villain!