Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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How goes the world, sir, now?
How are things going now?
MACDUFF
     Why, see you not?
MACDUFF
Can’t you see for yourself?
ROSS
Is ’t known who did this more than bloody deed?
ROSS
Does anyone know who committed this horrible crime?
MACDUFF
Those that Macbeth hath slain.
MACDUFF
The servants Macbeth killed.
ROSS
     Alas, the day!
What good could they pretend?
ROSS
It’s too bad he killed them. What good would it have done those men to kill Duncan?
MACDUFF
     They were suborned.
25Malcolm and Donalbain, the king’s two sons,
Are stol'n away and fled, which puts upon them
Suspicion of the deed.
MACDUFF
They were paid to betray their master. Malcolm and Donalbain, the king’s two sons, have run away and fled, which makes them the prime suspects.
ROSS
'Gainst nature still!
Thriftless ambition, that will raven up
30Thine own lives' means! Then ’tis most like
The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.
ROSS
Everything about this is unnatural! What a stupid ambition, causing a son to kill the father who supports him. Then it looks like Macbeth will become king.
MACDUFF
He is already named and gone to Scone
To be invested.
MACDUFF
He has already been named king and has left for Scone to be crowned.
ROSS
Where is Duncan’s body?
ROSS
Where is Duncan’s body?
MACDUFF
35Carried to Colmekill,
The sacred storehouse of his predecessors,
And guardian of their bones.
MACDUFF
It was carried to Colmekill to be placed in the tomb of his ancestors, where their bones are kept safe.
ROSS
     Will you to Scone?
ROSS
Are you going to Scone?
MACDUFF
No, cousin, I’ll to Fife.
MACDUFF
No, cousin, I’m going to Fife.
ROSS
Well, I will thither.
ROSS
Well, I’ll go to Scone.