Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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SECOND MURDERER

130We shall, my lord,
Perform what you command us.

SECOND MURDERER

We’ll do what you want us to, my lord.

FIRST MURDERER

     Though our lives—

FIRST MURDERER

Though our lives—

MACBETH

Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour at most
I will advise you where to plant yourselves,
Acquaint you with the perfect spy o' th' time,
135The moment on ’t; for ’t must be done tonight,
And something from the palace; always thought
That I require a clearness. And with him—
To leave no rubs nor botches in the work—
Fleance, his son, that keeps him company,
140Whose absence is no less material to me
Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate
Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart.
I’ll come to you anon.

MACBETH

(interrupts him) I can see the determination in your eyes. Within the next hour I’ll tell you where to go and exactly when to strike. It must be done tonight, away from the palace. Always remember that I must be free from suspicion. For the plan to work perfectly, you must kill both Banquo and his son, Fleance, who keeps him company. Getting rid of Fleance is as important to me as knocking off Banquo. Each of you should make up your own mind about whether you’re going to do this. I’ll come to you soon.

BOTH MURDERERS

We are resolved, my lord.

BOTH MURDERERS

We have decided, my lord. We’re in.

MACBETH

145I’ll call upon you straight. Abide within.

MACBETH

I’ll call for you soon. Stay inside.
Exeunt MURDERERS
The MURDERERS exit.
It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight,
If it find heaven, must find it out tonight.
The deal is closed. Banquo, if your soul is going to make it to heaven, tonight’s the night.
Exit
He exits.