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Scene 3

Forres. A park near the palace.

(First Murderer; Second Murderer; Third Murderer; Banquo; Fleance)

A third murderer joins the first two, who are rather put out by what they see as a lack of trust on Macbeth’s part. Banquo and Fleance arrive, and the murderers set upon them, but Fleance, urged on by his father, escapes. (32 lines)

Enter three Murderers.

1. MUR.

But who did bid thee join with us?

3. MUR.


2. MUR.

He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers

Our offices, and what we have to do,

To the direction just.

1. MUR.

Then stand with us.

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day;

Now spurs the lated traveler apace

To gain the timely inn, and near approaches

The subject of our watch.

3. MUR.

Hark, I hear horses.



Give us a light there, ho!

2. MUR.

Then ’tis he; the rest

That are within the note of expectation

Already are i’ th’ court.

1. MUR.

His horses go about.

3. MUR.

Almost a mile; but he does usually,

So all men do, from hence to th’ palace gate

Make it their walk.

Enter Banquo, and Fleance with a torch.

2. MUR.

A light, a light!

3. MUR.

’Tis he.

1. MUR.

Stand to’t.


It will be rain tonight.

1. MUR.

Let it come down.

They assault Banquo.


O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!

Thou mayst revenge. O slave!


Fleance escapes.

3. MUR.

Who did strike out the light?

1. MUR.

Was’t not the way?

3. MUR.

There’s but one down; the son is fled.

2. MUR.

We have lost

Best half of our affair.

1. MUR.

Well, let’s away, and say how much is done.



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