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Macbeth: Act 2, Scene 2

Macbeth
Act 2, Scene 2

The court of Macbeth’s castle.

  1. Enter Lady Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth

2 - 9
  1. That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;
  2. What hath quench’d them hath given me fire. Hark! Peace!
  3. It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman,
  4. Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it:
  5. The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms
  6. Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugg’d their possets,
  7. That death and nature do contend about them,
  8. Whether they live or die.

Macbeth

10 - 11
  1. Within.
  2.                           Who’s there? What ho?

Lady Macbeth

12 - 18
  1. Alack, I am afraid they have awak’d,
  2. And ’tis not done; th’ attempt, and not the deed,
  3. Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready,
  4. He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembled
  5. My father as he slept, I had done’t.
  6. Enter Macbeth.
  7.                                      My husband!

Macbeth

19
  1. I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?

Lady Macbeth

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  1. I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
  2. Did not you speak?

Macbeth

22
  1.                    When?

Lady Macbeth

23
  1.       Now.

Macbeth

24
  1.      As I descended?

Lady Macbeth

25
  1. Ay.

Macbeth

26
  1. Hark! Who lies i’ th’ second chamber?

Lady Macbeth

27
  1. Donalbain.

Macbeth

28
  1.            This is a sorry sight.
  1. Looking on his hands.

Lady Macbeth

30
  1. A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.

Macbeth

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  1. There’s one did laugh in ’s sleep, and one cried, Murder!”
  2. That they did wake each other. I stood and heard them;
  3. But they did say their prayers, and address’d them
  4. Again to sleep.

Lady Macbeth

35
  1.                 There are two lodg’d together.

Macbeth

36 - 39
  1. One cried, God bless us!” and Amen!” the other,
  2. As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands.
  3. List’ning their fear, I could not say Amen,”
  4. When they did say God bless us!”

Lady Macbeth

40
  1.                                   Consider it not so deeply.

Macbeth

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  1. But wherefore could not I pronounce Amen”?
  2. I had most need of blessing, and Amen
  3. Stuck in my throat.

Lady Macbeth

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  1.                     These deeds must not be thought
  2. After these ways; so, it will make us mad.

Macbeth

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  1. Methought I heard a voice cry, Sleep no more!
  2. Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,
  3. Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
  4. The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
  5. Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
  6. Chief nourisher in life’s feast.

Lady Macbeth

52
  1.                                  What do you mean?

Macbeth

53 - 55
  1. Still it cried, Sleep no more!” to all the house;
  2. Glamis hath murder’d sleep, and therefore Cawdor
  3. Shall sleep no moreMacbeth shall sleep no more.”

Lady Macbeth

56 - 62
  1. Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,
  2. You do unbend your noble strength, to think
  3. So brain-sickly of things. Go get some water,
  4. And wash this filthy witness from your hand.
  5. Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
  6. They must lie there. Go carry them, and smear
  7. The sleepy grooms with blood.

Macbeth

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  1.                               I’ll go no more.
  2. I am afraid to think what I have done;
  3. Look on’t again I dare not.

Lady Macbeth

66 - 71
  1.                             Infirm of purpose!
  2. Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
  3. Are but as pictures; ’tis the eye of childhood
  4. That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
  5. I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal,
  6. For it must seem their guilt.
  1. Exit.
  1. Knock within.

Macbeth

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  1.                               Whence is that knocking?
  2. How is’t with me, when every noise appalls me?
  3. What hands are here? Hah! They pluck out mine eyes.
  4. Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
  5. Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather
  6. The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
  7. Making the green one red.
  1. Enter Lady Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth

82 - 94
  1. My hands are of your color; but I shame
  2. To wear a heart so white.
  3. Knock.
  4.                           I hear a knocking
  5. At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.
  6. A little water clears us of this deed;
  7. How easy is it then! Your constancy
  8. Hath left you unattended.
  9. Knock.
  10.                           Hark, more knocking.
  11. Get on your night-gown, lest occasion call us
  12. And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
  13. So poorly in your thoughts.

Macbeth

95 - 97
  1. To know my deed, ’twere best not know myself.
  2. Knock.
  3. Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!
  1. Exeunt.
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