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    Macbeth

    by William Shakespeare
    MFFE script v5.20 CloudReader v1.05
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  • Act Four Scene Two

    A4S1>>> where they are.
    Enter Macduff's Wife, her Son, and Ross
    A4S1--- where they are.
    Macduffs Wife.
    What had he done, to make him fly the Land?
    --- fly the Land?
    Ross.
    You must have patience, Madam.
    --- have patience Madam.
    Macduffs Wife.
    He had none:
    His flight was madness: when our Actions do not,
    Our fears do make us Traitors.
    --- make us Traitors.
    Ross.
    You know not,
    Whether it was his wisdom, or his fear.
    --- or his fear.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Wisdom! to leave his wife, to leave his Babes,
    His Mansion, and his Titles, in a place
    From whence himself does fly? He loves us not:
    He wants the natural touch; for the poor Wren,
    The most diminutive of Birds, will fight,
    Her young ones in her Nest, against the Owl.
    All is the Fear, and nothing is the Love;
    As little is the Wisdom, where the flight
    So runs against all reason.
    --- against all reason.
    Ross.
    My dearest Coz,
    I pray you, school yourself. But for your Husband,
    He is Noble, Wise, Judicious, and best knows
    The fits o'th' Season. I dare not speak much further:
    But cruel are the times, when we are Traitors,
    And do not know ourselves; when we hold Rumour
    From what we fear, yet know not what we fear,
    But float upon a wild and violent Sea
    Each way, and move - I take my leave of you:
    Shall not be long but I'll be here again.
    Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward,
    To what they were before. - My pretty Cousin,
    Blessing upon you.
    --- Blessing upon you.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Fathered he is, and yet he's Fatherless.
    --- yet he's Fatheress.
    Ross.
    I am so much a Fool, should I stay longer,
    It would be my disgrace, and your discomfort:
    I take my leave at once.
    >>> leave at once.
    Exit Ross
    --- leave at once.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Sirrah, your Father's dead,
    And what will you do now? How will you live?
    --- will you live?
    Son.
    As Birds do, Mother.
    --- Birds do, Mother.
    Macduffs Wife.
    What, with Worms and Flies?
    --- Worms and Flies?
    Son.
    With what I get, I mean; and so do they.
    --- so do they.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Poor Bird! Thou'dst never Fear the Net, nor Lime,
    The Pitfall, nor the Gin.
    --- nor the Gin.
    Son.
    Why should I Mother?
    Poor Birds they are not set for.
    My Father is not dead, for all your saying.
    --- all your saying.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Yes, he is dead: how wilt thou do for a Father?
    --- for a Father?
    Son.
    Nay, how will you do for a Husband?
    --- for a Husband?
    Macduffs Wife.
    Why, I can buy me twenty at any Market.
    --- at any Market.
    Son.
    Then you'll buy 'em to sell again.
    --- to sell again.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Thou speak'st with all thy wit;
    And yet i'faith with wit enough for thee.
    --- enough for thee.
    Son.
    Was my Father a Traitor, Mother?
    --- a Traitor, Mother?
    Macduffs Wife.
    Ay, that he was.
    --- that he was.
    Son.
    What is a Traitor?
    --- is a Traitor?
    Macduffs Wife.
    Why one that swears, and lies.
    --- swears, and lies.
    Son.
    And be all Traitors that do so.
    --- that do so.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Every one that does so, is a Traitor, and must be hanged.
    --- must be hanged.
    Son.
    And must they all be hanged that swear and lie?
    --- swear and lie?
    Macduffs Wife.
    Every one.
    --- Every one.
    Son.
    Who must hang them?
    --- must hang them?
    Macduffs Wife.
    Why, the honest men.
    --- the honest men.
    Son.
    Then the Liars and Swearers are Fools; for there are Liars and Swearers enow to beat the honest men, and hang up them.
    --- hang up them.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Now God help thee, poor Monkey! But how wilt thou do for a Father?
    --- for a Father?
    Son.
    If he were dead, you'ld weep for him: if you would not, it were a good sign, that I should quickly have a new Father.
    --- a new Father.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Poor prattler, how thou talk'st?
    >>> how thou talk'st?
    Enter Messenger2.
    --- how thou talk'st?
    Messenger2.
    Bless you fair Dame! I am not to you known,
    Though in your state of Honour I am perfect.
    I doubt, some danger does approach you nearly:
    If you will take a homely man's advice,
    Be not found here; hence, with your little ones.
    To fright you thus, methinks, I am too savage;
    To do worse to you, were fell Cruelty,
    Which is too nigh your person. Heaven preserve you!
    I dare abide no longer.
    >>> abide no longer.
    Exit Messenger2
    --- abide no longer.
    Macduffs Wife.
    Whither should I fly?
    I have done no harm. But I remember now
    I am in this earthly world, where, to do harm
    Is often laudable; to do good, sometime
    Accounted dangerous folly: why then, alas!
    Do I put up that womanly defence,
    To say, I have done no harm? What are these faces?
    >>> are these faces?
    Enter Murderers.
    --- are these faces?
    Murderer.
    Where is your Husband?
    --- is your Husband?
    Macduffs Wife.
    I hope, in no place so unsanctified,
    Where such as thou may'st find him.
    --- may'st find him.
    Murderer.
    He's a Traitor.
    --- He's a Traitor.
    Son.
    Thou ly'st thou shag-haired Villain!
    --- thou shag-haired Villain!
    Murderer.
    What you Egg?
    Stabbing him.
    Young fry of Treachery!
    --- fry of Treachery!
    Son.
    He has killed me Mother,
    Run away, I pray you.
    >>> I pray you.
    Exit Lady Macduff crying Murder, pursued by Murderers.
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