MacbethWilliam Shakespeare, Paperback
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Three witches resolve to meet Macbeth after the battle. Victory is reported to King Duncan. Duncan is impressed by reports of Macbeth’s conduct so transfers the rebellious Thane of Cawdor’s title to him. The witches meet Macbeth and Banquo. The witches prophesy to Macbeth then Banquo then vanish. Ross and Angus arrive with news that accords with that same “prophetic greeting” . Macbeth muses much on “the swelling act Of the imperial theme” before suggesting they all move on. They meet Duncan. Duncan names Malcolm heir then says he will stay with Macbeth. Macbeth sets off ahead to tell his wife. Macbeth’s wife has a letter from Macbeth. She muses too on the prospect of Macbeth becoming king as prophesied. She is interrupted by a messenger then by Macbeth. She advises Macbeth that Duncan must be “provided for”. Duncan arrives and is received kindly. Macbeth steps out from dining with Duncan and worries about consequences of killing him. His wife allays his anxiety and he is “settled”.