ACT 5, SCENE 1: Dunsinane. Ante-room in the castle.

Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewoman.

Doctor: I have two nights watched with you, but
can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she
last walked?

Gentlewoman: Since his majesty went into the
field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her                            [5]
nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth
paper, fold it, write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it,
and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most
fast sleep.

Doctor: A great perturbation in nature, to receive at                                     [10]
once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watch-
ing! In this slumbery agitation, besides her walking
and other actual performances, what, at any time,
have you heard her say?

Gentlewoman: That, sir, which I will not report                                            [15]
after her.

Doctor: You may to me: and 'tis most meet you
should.

Gentlewoman: Neither to you nor any one; having
no witness to confirm my speech.                                                          [20]
Enter LADY MACBETH, with a taper.
Lo you, here she comes! This is her very guise; and,
upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.

Doctor: How came she by that light?

Gentlewoman: Why, it stood by her: she has light
by her continually; 'tis her command.                                                  [25]

Doctor: You see, her eyes are open.

Gentlewoman: Ay, but their sense is shut.

Doctor: What is it she does now? Look, how she rubs
her hands.

Gentlewoman: It is an accustomed action with her,                                      [30]
to seem thus washing her hands: I have known her
continue in this a quarter of an hour.

LADY MACBETH: Yet here's a spot.

Doctor: Hark! she speaks: I will set down what
comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more                     [35]
strongly.

LADY MACBETH: Out, damned spot! out, I say!--
One: two: why, then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--
Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need
we fear who knows it, when none can call our power                      [40]
to account?--Yet who would have thought the old
man to have had so much blood in him.

Doctor: Do you mark that?

LADY MACBETH: The thane of Fife had a wife:
where is she now?-- What, will these hands ne'er be                      [45]
clean?--No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that:
you mar all with this starting.

Doctor: Go to, go to; you have known what you
should not.

Gentlewoman: She has spoke what she should not,                                     [50]
I am sure of that: heaven knows what she has known.

LADY MACBETH: Here's the smell of the blood still:
all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
hand. Oh, oh, oh!

Doctor: What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely                                           [55]
charged.

Gentlewoman: I would not have such a heart in
my bosom for the dignity of the whole body.

Doctor: Well, well, well,--

Gentlewoman: Pray God it be, sir.                                                                      [60]

Doctor: This disease is beyond my practise: yet I
have known those which have walked in their sleep
who have died holily in their beds.

LADY MACBETH: Wash your hands, put on your
nightgown; look not so pale.--I tell you yet again,                            [65]
Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on's grave.

Doctor: Even so?

LADY MACBETH: To bed, to bed! there's knocking
at the gate: come, come, come, come, give me your
hand. What's done cannot be undone.--To bed, to bed,                 [70]
to bed!
[Exit.]

Doctor: Will she go now to bed?

Gentlewoman: Directly.

Doctor: Foul whisperings are abroad: unnatural deeds
Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds                                     [75]
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets:
More needs she the divine than the physician.
God, God forgive us all! Look after her;
Remove from her the means of all annoyance,
And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night:                                    [80]
My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
I think, but dare not speak.

Gentlewoman:                           Good night, good doctor.

[Exeunt.]


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