Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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GENTLEWOMAN

Why, it stood by her. She has light by her continually. 'Tis her command.

GENTLEWOMAN

It stands by her bedside. She always has to have a light next to her. Those are her orders.

DOCTOR

You see her eyes are open.

DOCTOR

You see, her eyes are open.

GENTLEWOMAN

Ay, but their sense is shut.

GENTLEWOMAN

Yes, but they don’t see anything.

DOCTOR

What is it she does now? Look, how she rubs her hands.

DOCTOR

What’s she doing now? Look how she rubs her hands.

GENTLEWOMAN

20It is an accustomed action with her to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour.

GENTLEWOMAN

She often does that. She looks like she’s washing her hands. I’ve seen her do that before for as long as fifteen minutes.

LADY MACBETH

Yet here’s a spot.

LADY MACBETH

There’s still a spot here.

DOCTOR

Hark! She speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

DOCTOR

Listen! She’s talking. I’ll write down what she says, so I’ll remember it better.

LADY MACBETH

25Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.

LADY MACBETH

(rubbing her hands) Come out, damned spot! Out, I command you! One, two. OK, it’s time to do it now.—Hell is murky!—Nonsense, my lord, nonsense! You are a soldier, and yet you are afraid? Why should we be scared, when no one can lay the guilt upon us?—But who would have thought the old man would have had so much blood in him?

DOCTOR

Do you mark that?

DOCTOR

Did you hear that?

LADY MACBETH

30The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?—What, will these hands ne'er be clean?—No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that. You mar all with this starting.

LADY MACBETH

The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?—What, will my hands never be clean?—No more of that, my lord, no more of that. You’ll ruin everything by acting startled like this.

DOCTOR

Go to, go to. You have known what you should not.

DOCTOR

Now look what you’ve done. You’ve heard something you shouldn’t have.