Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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GENTLEWOMAN

She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of that. Heaven knows what she has known.

GENTLEWOMAN

She said something she shouldn’t have said, I’m sure of that. Heaven knows what secrets she’s keeping.

LADY MACBETH

Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!

LADY MACBETH

I still have the smell of blood on my hand. All the perfumes of Arabia couldn’t make my little hand smell better. Oh, oh, oh!

DOCTOR

What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.

DOCTOR

What a heavy sigh! Her heart is carrying a heavy weight.

GENTLEWOMAN

I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of the whole body.

GENTLEWOMAN

I wouldn’t want a heart like hers even if you made me queen.

DOCTOR

Well, well, well.

DOCTOR

Well, well, well.

GENTLEWOMAN

Pray God it be, sir.

GENTLEWOMAN

I hope what she’s saying is well, sir!

DOCTOR

40This disease is beyond my practice. Yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep who have died holily in their beds.

DOCTOR

This disease is beyond my medical skills. But I have known people who sleepwalked and weren’t guilty of anything.

LADY MACBETH

Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. Look not so pale.—I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave.

LADY MACBETH

Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. Don’t look so frightened. I tell you again, Banquo is buried. He cannot come out of his grave.

DOCTOR

Even so?

DOCTOR

Is this true?

LADY MACBETH

45To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come. Give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.—To bed, to bed, to bed!

LADY MACBETH

To bed, to bed! There’s a knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed!
Exit
LADY MACBETH exits.

DOCTOR

Will she go now to bed?

DOCTOR

Will she go to bed now?