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    RSC Directing Mastclass Workshop - Macbeth A1S7

    by William Shakespeare
    MFFE script v1.00 CloudReader v1.05
  • A1S7
  • Act One Scene Seven

    A1S6>>> your leave Hostess.
     Enter Macbeth.
    Enter Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth.
    He has almost supped. Why have you left the chamber?
    --- left the chamber?
    Hath he asked for me?
    --- asked for me?
    Lady Macbeth.
    Know you not, he has?
    --- not, he has?
    We will proceed no further in this Business:
    He hath Honoured me of late; and I have bought
    Golden Opinions from all sorts of people,
    Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
    Not cast aside so soon.
    --- aside so soon.
    Lady Macbeth.
    Was the hope drunk,
    Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
    And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
    At what it did so freely? From this time
    Such I account thy love. Art thou afeared
    To be the same in thine own Act and Valour,
    As thou art in desire? Would'st thou have that
    Which thou esteem'st the Ornament of Life,
    And live a Coward in thine own Esteem?
    Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,'
    Like the poor Cat i'th' Adage?
    --- Cat i'th' Adage?
    Prithee peace.
    I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none.
    --- more, is none.
    Lady Macbeth.
    What Beast was't then,
    That made you break this enterprise to me?
    When you durst do it, then you were a man;
    And, to be more than what you were, you would
    Be so much more the man. Nor time, nor place,
    Did then adhere, and yet you would make both:
    They have made themselves, and that their fitness now
    Does unmake you. I have given Suck, and know
    How tender 'tis to love the Babe that milks me:
    I would, while it was smiling in my Face,
    Have plucked my Nipple from his Boneless Gums,
    And dashed the Brains out, had I so sworn
    As you have done to this.
    --- done to this.
    If we should fail?
    --- we should fail?
    Lady Macbeth.
    We fail?
    But screw your courage to the sticking place,
    And we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep
    (Whereto the rather shall his day's hard Journey
    Soundly invite him), his two Chamberlains
    Will I with Wine and Wassail so convince,
    That Memory, the Warder of the Brain,
    Shall be a Fume, and the Receipt of Reason
    A Limbeck only: when in Swinish sleep,
    Their drenched Natures lie, as in a Death,
    What cannot you and I perform upon
    Th' unguarded Duncan? What not put upon
    His spongy Officers, who shall bear the guilt
    Of our great quell?
    --- our great quell?
    Bring forth Men-Children only!
    For thy undaunted Mettle should compose
    Nothing but Males. Will it not be received,
    When we have marked with blood those sleepy two
    Of his own Chamber, and used their very Daggers,
    That they have don't?
    --- they have don't?
    Lady Macbeth.
    Who dares receive it other,
    As we shall make our Griefs and Clamour roar
    Upon his Death?
    --- Upon his Death?
    I am settled, and bend up
    Each corporal Agent to this terrible Feat.
    Away, and mock the time with fairest show:
    False Face must hide what the false Heart doth know.
    >>> Heart doth know.
  • A1S7