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Macbeth: Act 5, Scene 1

Macbeth
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

Dunsinane. An anteroom in the castle.

  1. Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting Gentlewoman.

Doctor

2 - 3
  1. I have two nights watch’d with you, but can perceive no
  2. truth in your report. When was it she last walk’d?

Gentlewoman

4 - 8
  1. Since his Majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise
  2. from her bed, throw her night-gown upon her, unlock her
  3. closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon’t, read it,
  4. afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this
  5. while in a most fast sleep.

Doctor

9 - 12
  1. A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the
  2. benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching! In this
  3. slumb’ry agitation, besides her walking and other actual
  4. performances, what, at any time, have you heard her say?

Gentlewoman

13
  1. That, sir, which I will not report after her.

Doctor

14
  1. You may to me, and ’tis most meet you should.

Gentlewoman

15 - 19
  1. Neither to you nor any one, having no witness to confirm my
  2. speech.
  3. Enter Lady Macbeth with a taper.
  4. Lo you, here she comes! This is her very guise, and upon my
  5. life, fast asleep. Observe her, stand close.

Doctor

20
  1. How came she by that light?

Gentlewoman

21 - 22
  1. Why, it stood by her. She has light by her continually, ’tis
  2. her command.

Doctor

23
  1. You see her eyes are open.

Gentlewoman

24
  1. Ay, but their sense are shut.

Doctor

25
  1. What is it she does now? Look how she rubs her hands.

Gentlewoman

26 - 28
  1. It is an accustom’d action with her, to seem thus washing
  2. her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an
  3. hour.

Lady Macbeth

29
  1. Yet here’s a spot.

Doctor

30 - 31
  1. Hark, she speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to
  2. satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

Lady Macbeth

32 - 36
  1. Out, damn’d spot! Out, I say! Onetwowhy then ’tis time to
  2. do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and
  3. afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call
  4. our pow’r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man
  5. to have had so much blood in him?

Doctor

37
  1. Do you mark that?

Lady Macbeth

38 - 40
  1. The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? What, will
  2. these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’ that, my lord, no
  3. more o’ that; you mar all with this starting.

Doctor

41
  1. Go to, go to; you have known what you should not.

Gentlewoman

42 - 43
  1. She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of that; heaven
  2. knows what she has known.

Lady Macbeth

44
  1. Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. O, O, O!

Doctor

45
  1. What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charg’d.

Gentlewoman

46 - 47
  1. I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of
  2. the whole body.

Doctor

48
  1. Well, well, well.

Gentlewoman

49
  1. Pray God it be, sir.

Doctor

50 - 52
  1. This disease is beyond my practice; yet I have known those
  2. which have walk’d in their sleep who have died holily in
  3. their beds.

Lady Macbeth

53 - 55
  1. Wash your hands, put on your night-gown, look not so pale. I
  2. tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on
  3. ’s grave.

Doctor

56
  1. Even so?

Lady Macbeth

57 - 59
  1. To bed, to bed; there’s knocking at the gate. Come, come,
  2. come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone.
  3. To bed, to bed, to bed.
  1. Exit Lady.

Doctor

61
  1. Will she go now to bed?

Gentlewoman

62
  1. Directly.

Doctor

63 - 71
  1. Foul whisp’rings are abroad. Unnatural deeds
  2. Do breed unnatural troubles; infected minds
  3. To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
  4. More needs she the divine than the physician.
  5. God, God, forgive us all! Look after her,
  6. Remove from her the means of all annoyance,
  7. And still keep eyes upon her. So good night.
  8. My mind she has mated, and amaz’d my sight.
  9. I think, but dare not speak.

Gentlewoman

72
  1.                              Good night, good doctor.
  1. Exeunt.
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