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  Act 4 Scene 3

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MALCOLM

     What’s the newest grief?

MALCOLM

What is the most recent news?

ROSS

That of an hour’s age doth hiss the speaker.
Each minute teems a new one.

ROSS

Even news an hour old is old news. Every minute another awful thing happens.

MACDUFF

     How does my wife?

MACDUFF

How is my wife?

ROSS

Why, well.

ROSS

She’s well.

MACDUFF

     And all my children?

MACDUFF

And all my children?

ROSS

     Well too.

ROSS

They’re well too.

MACDUFF

180The tyrant has not battered at their peace?

MACDUFF

Macbeth hasn’t attacked them?

ROSS

No, they were well at peace when I did leave 'em.

ROSS

MACDUFF

Be not a niggard of your speech. How goes ’t?

MACDUFF

Don’t be stingy with your words. What’s the news?

ROSS

When I came hither to transport the tidings,
Which I have heavily borne, there ran a rumor
185Of many worthy fellows that were out;
Which was to my belief witnessed the rather
For that I saw the tyrant’s power afoot.
Now is the time of help. Your eye in Scotland
Would create soldiers, make our women fight,
190To doff their dire distresses.

ROSS

While I was coming here to tell you my sad news, I heard rumors that many good men are arming themselves to rebel against Macbeth. When I saw Macbeth’s army on the move, I knew the rumors must be true. Now is the time when we need your help. Your presence in Scotland would inspire people to fight. Even the women would fight to rid themselves of Macbeth’s oppression.

MALCOLM

     Be ’t their comfort
We are coming thither. Gracious England hath
Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men;
An older and a better soldier none
That Christendom gives out.

MALCOLM

Let them be comforted—I’m returning to Scotland. Gracious King Edward has sent us noble Siward and ten thousand soldiers. There is no soldier more experienced or successful than Siward in the entire Christian world.