Macbeth Act III Scene IV (Youkyung Kwon)

Ti’s better thee without than he within. Is he dispatched? Macbeth: I’d rather see his blood splattered on your face than flowing through his veins. Did you finish him off?(Asking the murder if he had succeeded in killing Banquo)
Thou art the best o’th’ cutthroats: Yet he’s good that did the like for Fleance. If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil. Macbeth: You are the best of the cutthroats. But whoever did the same to Fleance must also be good. If you cut both their throats, then you are the absolute best. (Murder killed Banquo, Macbeth is requesting him to kill Fleace, Banquo’s son too)
Most royal sir, Fleance is ‘scaped. First murderer: Most royal sir, Fleance has escaped (Murderer telling Macbeth that he couldn’t kill Fleance because he escaped.)
His absence,sir, Lays blame upon his promise. Please ‘t your highness To grace us with your royal company? Ross: His absence means he’s broken his promise, sir. If it pleases you, your highness, why don’t you sit with us and grace us with your royal company? (Having a dinner with guests and Ross is talking about Banquo. He says it is unfortunate that Banquo is not here with them)
(to GHOST) Thou canst not say I did it. Never shakeThy gory locks at me Macbeth: (to the GHOST) You can’y say I did it. Don’t shake your bloody head at me(Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost and talking to him)
Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat. The fit is momentary; upon a thoughtHe will again be well. If much you note himYou shall offend him and extend his passion. Feed and regard him not. (aside to MACBETH) Are you a man? Lady Macbeth: Sit down, worthy friends. My husband is often like this, and he has been since he was a child. Please stay seated. This is just a brief fit. In a moment he’ll be well again. If you pay too much attention to him you’ll make him angry, and that will make his convulsions go on longer. Eat your dinner and pay no attention to him. (Speaking so that only Macbeth can hear) Are you a man? (Lady Macbeth is explaining to the guests about Macbeth’s condition (since he was talking with the ghost) and telling them he is fine.)
(seeing the GHOST) Avanut, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee. Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold. Thou hast no speculation in those eyesWhich thou dost glare with! Macbeth: (to the GHOST) Go! And get out of my sight! Stay in your grave. There’s no marrow in your bones, and your blood is cold. You’re staring at me with eyes that have no power to see. (Ghost of Banquo reappears. Macbeth yells at him to go away.)
I pray you, speak not. He grows worse and worse. Question enrages him. At once, good night.Stand not upon the order of your going. But go at once. Lady Macbeth: Please, don’t speak to him. He’s getting worse and worse. Talk makes him crazy. Everybody, please leave right now. Don’t bother exiting in the order of your rank, but just I leave right away. (Lady Macbeth telling the guests to leave the room after Macbeth’s weird behaviors)
You know your own degrees; sit down. At firstAnd last, the hearty welcome. Macbeth: You know your own ranks, so you know where to sit. Sit down. From the highest to the lowest of you, I bid you a hearty welcome.(Telling his guests to sit)
Ourself will mingle with societyAnd play the humble host.Our hostess keeps her state, but in best timeWe will require her welcome. Macbeth: I will walk around and mingle with all of you, playing the humble host. My wife will stay in her royal chair, but at the appropriate time I will have her welcome you all.(Talking with the guests, telling them that they welcome them)
Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends,For my heart speaks they are welcome. Lady Macbeth: Say welcome to all of our friends for me, sir, for in my heart they are all welcome.(Lady Macbeth telling Macbeth to welcome the guests)
See, they encounter thee with their hearts’ thanks.Both sides are even. Here I’ll sit i’ th’ midst.Be large in mirth. Anon we’ll drink a measureThe table round. Macbeth: And they respond to you with their hearts as well. The table is full on both sides. I will sit here in the middle. Be free and happy. Soon we will toast around the table.(Talking with the guests)
My lord, his throat is cut. That I did for him. First Murderer : My lord, his throat is cut. I did that to him.(Murderer reporting to Macbeth that he killed Banquo successfully)
Thou art the best o’ th’ cutthroats:Yet he’s good that did the like for Fleance.If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil. Macbeth: You are the best of the cutthroats. But whoever did the same to Fleance must also be good. If you cut both their throats, then you are the absolute best.(Complementing the murderer, asking the murderer if he also killed Fleance)
Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,As broad and general as the casing air.But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound inTo saucy doubts and fears.—But Banquo’s safe? Macbeth :Now I’m scared again. Otherwise I would have been perfect, as solid as a piece of marble, as firm as a rock, as free as the air itself. But now I’m all tangled up with doubts and fears. But Banquo’s been taken care of?(Macbeth is worried because the murderer didn’t kill Fleance)
Ay, my good lord. Safe in a ditch he bides,With twenty trenchèd gashes on his head,The least a death to nature. First Murderer: Yes, my good lord. He’s lying dead in a ditch, with twenty deep gashes in his head, any one of which would have been enough to kill him.(Murderer reporting to Macbeth that he killed Banquo)
Thanks for that.There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fledHath nature that in time will venom breed;No teeth for th’ present. Get thee gone. TomorrowWe’ll hear ourselves again. Macbeth: Thanks for that. The adult snake lies in the ditch. The young snake that escaped will in time become poisonous and threatening, but for now he has no fangs. Get out of here. I’ll talk to you again tomorrow.(Macbeth telling murderer to get out, telling him that he will talk about their plans tomorrow)
My royal lord,You do not give the cheer. The feast is soldThat is not often vouched, while ’tis a-making,’Tis given with welcome. To feed were best at home;From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony;Meeting were bare without it. Lady Macbeth: My royal lord, you’re not entertaining the guests. If you don’t make your guests know they’re welcome, they’ll feel like they’re paying for their meal. When you just want to eat, it’s better to do that at home. When you’re eating out with people, you need to have a little more ceremony. Otherwise dinner parties would be boring.(Lady Macbeth telling Macbeth to be more wholeheartedly welcome the guests)
Sweet remembrancer!Now, good digestion wait on appetite,And health on both! Macbeth: It’s nice of you to remind me. (raising a glass to toast his guests) Since good digestion requires a good appetite, and good health requires both of those, here’s to good appetites, good digestion, and good health!(Drinking with the guests)
His absence, sir,Lays blame upon his promise. Please ‘t your highnessTo grace us with your royal company? Ross: His absence means he’s broken his promise, sir. If it pleases you, your highness, why don’t you sit with us and grace us with your royal company?(Ross talking to Macbeth about Banquo’s absence)
(to GHOST) Thou canst not say I did it. Never shakeThy gory locks at me. MACBETH(to the GHOST) You can’t say I did it. Don’t shake your bloody head at me.(Telling to the ghost of Banquo that he is innocent, denying that he killed Banquo)
O proper stuff!This is the very painting of your fear.This is the air-drawn dagger which you saidLed you to Duncan. Oh, these flaws and starts,Impostors to true fear, would well becomeA woman’s story at a winter’s fire,Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!Why do you make such faces? When all’s done,You look but on a stool. LADY MACBETHOh, that’s nonsense! This is just another one of the hallucinations you always get when you’re afraid. This is like that floating dagger you said was leading you toward Duncan. These outbursts of yours don’t even look like real fear. They’re more like how you would act if you were a woman telling a scary story by the fireside in front of her grandmother. Shame on you! Why are you making these faces? When the vision passes, you’ll see that you’re just looking at a stool.(Telling the guests that Macbeth is suffering from hallucinations and having a hard time)
Prithee, see there! Behold! Look! Lo! How say you?Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.If charnel houses and our graves must sendThose that we bury back, our monumentsShall be the maws of kites. MACBETHPlease, just look over there. Look! Look! See! (to the GHOST) What do you have to say? What do I care? If you can nod, then speak too. If the dead are going to return from their graves, then there’s nothing to stop the birds from eating the bodies. So there’s no point in our burying people.(Yelling at the guests to look at the ghost and about burying people/ death)
I do forget.Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends.I have a strange infirmity, which is nothingTo those that know me. Come, love and health to all.Then I’ll sit down. Give me some wine. Fill full.I drink to the general joy o’ th’ whole table,And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss;Would he were here! To all and him we thirst,And all to all. MACBETHI forgot about them. (to the guests) Don’t be alarmed on my account, my most worthy friends. I have a strange disorder, which no longer shocks those who know me well. (raising his glass to toast the company) Come, let’s drink a toast: love and health to you all. Now I’ll sit down. Give me some wine. Fill up my cup.I drink to the happiness of everyone at the table, and to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss. I wish he were here! Let’s drink to everyone here, and to Banquo. Now, everybody, drink(Telling the guests to drink and telling them about Banquo’s death)
What man dare, I dare.Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,The armed rhinoceros, or th’ Hyrcan tiger;Take any shape but that, and my firm nervesShall never tremble. Or be alive again,And dare me to the desert with thy sword.If trembling I inhabit then, protest meThe baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow!Unreal mockery, hence! MACBETHI am as brave as any other man. Come at me in the form of a rugged Russian bear, an armor-plated rhinoceros, or a tiger from Iran. Take any shape other than the one you have now and I will never tremble in fear. Or come back to life again and challenge me to a duel in some deserted place. If I tremble then, you can call me a little girl. Get out of here, you horrible ghost, you hallucination. Get out!(Macbeth screaming about the ghost, denying that it is a hallucination)
Can such things be,And overcome us like a summer’s cloud,Without our special wonder? You make me strangeEven to the disposition that I owe,When now I think you can behold such sights,And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,When mine is blanched with fear. MACBETH(to the guests) Can things like this happen so suddenly without making us all astonished? You make me feel like I don’t know myself, when I see you looking at these terrible things and keeping a straight face, while my face has gone white with fear.(Macbeth yelling at the guests, unconsciously showing his fear)
It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood.Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak.Augurs and understood relations haveBy magot pies and choughs and rooks brought forthThe secret’st man of blood.—What is the night? MACBETHThere’s an old saying: the dead will have their revenge. Gravestones have been known to move, and trees to speak, to bring guilty men to justice. The craftiest murderers have been exposed by the mystical signs made by crows and magpies. How late at night is it?(Talking to Lady Macbeth about his guilt of killing Banquo)
I hear it by the way; but I will send.There’s not a one of them but in his houseI keep a servant fee’d. I will tomorrow—And betimes I will—to the weird sisters.More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know,By the worst means, the worst. For mine own good,All causes shall give way. I am in bloodStepped in so far that, should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go o’er.Strange things I have in head, that will to hand,Which must be acted ere they may be scanned. Macbeth: I’ve heard about this indirectly, but I will send for him. In every one of the lords’ households I have a servant paid to spy for me. Tomorrow, while it’s still early, I will go see the witches. They will tell me more, because I’m determined to know the worst about what’s going to happen. My own safety is the only important thing now. I have walked so far into this river of blood that even if I stopped now, it would be as hard to go back to being good as it is to keep killing people. I have some schemes in my head that I’m planning to put into action. I have to do these things before I have a chance to think about them.(Macbeth telling Lady Macbeth that he will go see the three witches asking about his chances and Banquo’s death)
Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self-abuseIs the initiate feat that wants hard use.We are yet but young in deed. Macbeth: Yes, lets go to sleep. My strange self-delusions just come from inexperience. We’re still just beginners when it comes to crime. (At home with Lady Macbeth. Telling Lady Macbeth to sleep and talking about the Banquo’s ghost)

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