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MACDUFF
Approach the chamber, and destroy your sight
With a new Gorgon. Do not bid me speak.
See, and then speak yourselves.
MACDUFF
Go into the bedroom and see for yourself. What’s in there will make you freeze with horror. Don’t ask me to talk about it. Go look and then do the talking yourselves.
Exeunt MACBETH and LENNOX
MACBETH and LENNOX exit.


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Awake, awake!
Ring the alarum bell. Murder and treason!
Banquo and Donalbain! Malcolm! Awake!
Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,
And look on death itself! Up, up, and see
The great doom’s image! Malcolm! Banquo!
As from your graves rise up, and walk like sprites,
To countenance this horror! Ring the bell
Wake up, wake up! Ring the alarm bell. Murder and treason! Banquo and Donalbain, Malcolm! Wake up! Shake off sleep, which looks like death, and look at death itself! Get up, get up, and look at this image of doomsday! Malcolm! Banquo! Get up from your beds as if you were rising out of your own graves, and walk like ghosts to come witness this horror. Ring the bell.
Bell rings. Enter LADY MACBETH
A bell rings. LADY MACBETH enters.



LADY MACBETH
What’s the business,
That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!
LADY MACBETH
What’s going on? Why is that terrifying trumpet calling together everyone who’s sleeping in the house? Speak up and tell me!



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MACDUFF
     O gentle lady,
'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak:
The repetition, in a woman’s ear,
Would murder as it fell.
MACDUFF
Oh gentle lady, my news isn’t fit for your ears. If I repeated it to you, it would kill you as soon as you heard it.
Enter BANQUO
BANQUO enters.

O Banquo, Banquo,
Our royal master’s murdered!
Oh Banquo, Banquo, the king has been murdered!


LADY MACBETH
     Woe, alas!
What, in our house?
LADY MACBETH
How horrible! What, in our own house?

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