Written by William Shakespeare. Abridged, translated, and slightly mangled by Melinda Brasher.
Act 1 Scene 1 Thunder and Lightning
WITCHES: Hee hee, we're being witches.
Act 1 Scene 2
DUNCAN, THE KING: What report do you have of the war?
CAPTAIN: Macbeth led our forces with great valor and slew the enemy himself. Then a new assault began and brave Macbeth beat them back stroke for stroke. But please, sir, can I go rest now? My wounds haven't yet been treated.
DUNCAN: Welcome, worthy Ross. Where have you come from?
ROSS: From Fife, where the traitorous Thane of Cawdor helped the King of Norway lead an army against us. We, however, were victorious.
DUNCAN: I shall condemn Cawdor to death and give his title to Macbeth.
Act 1 Scene 3 Thunder
WITCHES: Hee hee, we're being witches.
Enter Macbeth and Banquo
BANQUO: Who are those withered, wild creatures who hardly look like women?
MACBETH: Speak. What are you?
1st WITCH: All hail, Macbeth, Thane of Glamis!
2nd WITCH: All hail, Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor!
3rd WITCH: All hail, Macbeth, who will be king!
MACBETH: What are you talking about? I know I'm Lord of Glamis, but the Thane of Cawdor is alive. And to be king, well, that's unlikely.
BANQUO: Hey, if you're telling fortunes, why don't you tell mine too?
WITCHES: Your sons shall be king, but not you.
MACBETH: Where do you get your prophetic words?
BANQUO: Where did they go? Are we drunk?
ROSS: Macbeth, the king has heard of your successes in battle, and has happily made you Thane of Cawdor.
MACBETH [aside]: This is a happy beginning. The greatest is yet to come. I do, however, tremble to think I might have to murder the king to make it true.
Act 1 Scene 4
DUNCAN: Is the Thane of Cawdor dead?
MALCOLM: Yes. He confessed and repented. Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
Enter Macbeth, Banquo, etc.
DUNCAN: Worthiest Macbeth! My ingratitude weighs heavily on me. I wish you deserved less reward so that my thanks and payment might mean more.
MACBETH: My loyalty pays itself. I would be pleased to have you as a guest in my house, Lord King. I'll go let my wife know, so we can prepare.
DUNCAN: Banquo, isn't that Macbeth a valiant man? A kinsman beyond reproach? His worthiness feeds my heart.
Act 1 Scene 5
LADY MACBETH [reading a letter]: …and the witches say I'll one day be king. Rejoice with me. [Aside]: Macbeth, I'm afraid you haven't the ambition to see this through.
MESSENGER: The king and Macbeth are coming tonight.
LADY MACBETH: The king himself will be here, under my roof? Give me the strength of a man. Take away my womanly weakness and give me the courage and ruthlessness to do as I must.
LADY MACBETH: Great Glamis! Worthy Candor! Your letter has transported me into a glorious future.
MACBETH: My love, the king's coming tonight.
LADY MACBETH: And when does he leave?
LADY MACBETH: Wrong! Never shall he see the sun rise. You look shocked. You must instead look innocent, but be a serpent underneath. Tonight you shall do the deed that will elevate us to the throne.
Act 1 Scene 6
DUNCAN: This is a pleasant castle. I'm sorry to be such a terrible bother, Lady Macbeth.
LADY MACBETH: My pleasure.
DUNCAN: Take me to my host, Macbeth. I do so love him.
Act 1 Scene 7
MACBETH: If it's to be done, best be done quickly. But if we preach violence, violence is returned to us. He's my kinsman and my king, so I really shouldn't kill him. Plus, he's my guest. And a good king. Hmm…
Enter Lady Macbeth
MACBETH: Let's proceed no further in this business. The king has given me honors. I'm content.
LADY MACBETH: Coward! You're no man! I, as a mother, know how tender it is to love a nursing child, but I would dash out my baby's brains if I had promised you I would, just as you promised me you'd be king.
MACBETH: But what if we fail?
LADY MACBETH: Take courage! I'll get his grooms drunk. Then we can kill Duncan and blame them. We'll pretend great grief. No one will suspect us.
MACBETH: Fine. I'll do this thing. A false face hides what a false heart does.
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