• Enter three MURDERERS

    FIRST MURDERER

    But who did bid thee join with us?

    THIRD MURDERER

    Macbeth.

    SECOND MURDERER

    He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
    Our offices and what we have to do
    5To the direction just.

    FIRST MURDERER

    Then stand with us.
    The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.
    Now spurs the lated traveler apace
    To gain the timely inn, and near approaches
    10The subject of our watch.

    THIRD MURDERER

         Hark, I hear horses.

    BANQUO

    (within) Give us a light there, ho!

    SECOND MURDERER

         Then ’tis he: the rest
    That are within the note of expectation
    Already are i' th' court.

    FIRST MURDERER

         His horses go about.

    THIRD MURDERER

    Almost a mile; but he does usually—
    15So all men do—from hence to the palace gate
    Make it their walk.
    Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE with a torch
  • The two MURDERERS enter with a third MURDERER.

    FIRST MURDERER

    But who told you to come here and join us?

    THIRD MURDERER

    Macbeth.

    SECOND MURDERER

    We can trust this guy. He was given exactly the same orders we were.

    FIRST MURDERER

    Then stay with us. There’s still a bit of daylight in the sky. Now all the late travellers are hurrying to reach their inns. Banquo is almost here.

    THIRD MURDERER

    Listen! I hear horses.

    BANQUO

    (from offstage) Hey, give us some light here!

    SECOND MURDERER

    That must be him. The rest of the king’s guests are already inside.

    FIRST MURDERER

    You can hear his horses moving around as the servants take them to the stables.

    THIRD MURDERER

    It’s almost a mile to the palace gate, but Banquo, like everybody else, usually walks from here to the palace.
    BANQUO and FLEANCE enter with a torch.