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Enter MACBETH
MACBETH enters.
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Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor,
Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter,
Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant present, and I feel now
The future in the instant.
Great thane of Glamis! Worthy thane of Cawdor! You’ll soon be greater than both those titles, once you become king! Your letter has transported me from the present moment, when who knows what will happen, and has made me feel like the future is already here.


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MACBETH
     My dearest love,
Duncan comes here tonight.
MACBETH
My dearest love, Duncan is coming here tonight.

LADY MACBETH
     And when goes hence?
LADY MACBETH
And when is he leaving?

MACBETH
Tomorrow, as he purposes.
MACBETH
He plans to leave tomorrow.





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LADY MACBETH
     O, never
Shall sun that morrow see!
Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue. Look like th' innocent flower,
But be the serpent under ’t. He that’s coming
Must be provided for; and you shall put
This night’s great business into my dispatch,
Which shall to all our nights and days to come
Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.
LADY MACBETH
That day will never come. Your face betrays strange feelings, my lord, and people will be able to read it like a book. In order to deceive them, you must appear the way they expect you to look. Greet the king with a welcoming expression in your eyes, your hands, and your words. You should look like an innocent flower, but be like the snake that hides underneath the flower. The king is coming, and he’s got to be taken care of. Let me handle tonight’s preparations, because tonight will change every night and day for the rest of our lives.

MACBETH
We will speak further.
MACBETH
We will speak about this further.



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LADY MACBETH
Only look up clear.
To alter favor ever is to fear.
Leave all the rest to me.
LADY MACBETH
You should project a peaceful mood, because if you look troubled, you will arouse suspicion. Leave all the rest to me.
Exeunt
They exit.

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