• Enter LADY MACBETH

    LADY MACBETH

    That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold.
    What hath quenched them hath given me fire.
    Hark! Peace! It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
    Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it.
    5The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms
    Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugged their possets,
    That death and nature do contend about them,
    Whether they live or die.

    MACBETH

    (within)     Who’s there? What, ho!

    LADY MACBETH

    Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,
    10And ’tis not done. Th' attempt and not the deed
    Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;
    He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled
    My father as he slept, I had done ’t.
    Enter MACBETH, with bloody daggers
         My husband!

    MACBETH

    I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?

    LADY MACBETH

    15I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
    Did not you speak?

    MACBETH

    When?
  • LADY MACBETH enters.

    LADY MACBETH

    The alcohol that got the servants drunk has made me bold. The same liquor that quenched their thirst has fired me up. Listen! Quiet! That was the owl that shrieked, with a scary “good night” like the bells they ring before they execute people. Macbeth must be killing the king right now. The doors to Duncan’s chamber are open, and the drunk servants make a mockery of their jobs by snoring instead of protecting the king. I put so many drugs in their drinks that you can’t tell if they’re alive or dead.

    MACBETH

    (from offstage) Who’s there? What is it?

    LADY MACBETH

    Oh no, I’m afraid the servants woke up, and the murder didn’t happen. For us to attempt murder and not succeed would ruin us. (She hears a noise.) Listen to that! I put the servants' daggers where Macbeth would find them. He couldn’t have missed them. If Duncan hadn’t reminded me of my father when I saw him sleeping, I would have killed him myself.
    MACBETH enters carrying bloody daggers.
    My husband!

    MACBETH

    I have done the deed. Did you hear a noise?

    LADY MACBETH

    I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Didn’t you say something?

    MACBETH

    When?