Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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PORTER

That it did, sir, i' th' very throat on me; but I requited him for his lie, and, I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime, yet I made a shift to cast him.

PORTER

It did, sir. It got me right in the throat. But I got even with drink. I was too strong for it. Although it weakened my legs and made me unsteady, I managed to vomit it out and laid it flat on the ground.

MACDUFF

15Is thy master stirring?

MACDUFF

Is your master awake?
Enter MACBETH
MACBETH enters.
Our knocking has awaked him. Here he comes.
Our knocking woke him up. Here he comes.

LENNOX

Good morrow, noble sir.

LENNOX

Good morning, noble sir.

MACBETH

     Good morrow, both.

MACBETH

Good morning to both of you.

MACDUFF

Is the king stirring, worthy thane?

MACDUFF

Is the king awake, worthy thane?

MACBETH

     Not yet.

MACBETH

Not yet.

MACDUFF

He did command me to call timely on him.
20I have almost slipped the hour.

MACDUFF

He commanded me to wake him up early. I’ve almost missed the time he requested.

MACBETH

     I’ll bring you to him.

MACBETH

I’ll bring you to him.

MACDUFF

I know this is a joyful trouble to you,
But yet ’tis one.

MACDUFF

I know the burden of hosting him is both an honor and a trouble, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a trouble just the same.

MACBETH

The labor we delight in physics pain.
This is the door.

MACBETH

The work we enjoy is not really work. This is the door.

MACDUFF

25I’ll make so bold to call,
For ’tis my limited service.

MACDUFF

I’ll wake him, because that’s my job.
Exit MACDUFF
MACDUFF exits.

LENNOX

Goes the king hence today?

LENNOX

Is the king leaving here today?