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"Lady Macbeth's Sleepwalking Scene"


DOCTOR
    I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive
    no truth in your report. When was it she last walked?

GENTLEWOMAN
    Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen
    her rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon
    her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it,
    write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again
    return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.

DOCTOR
    A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once
    the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of
    watching! In this slumbery agitation, besides her
    walking and other actual performances, what, at any
    time, have you heard her say?

GENTLEWOMAN
    That, sir, which I will not report after her.

DOCTOR
    You may to me: and 'tis most meet you should.

GENTLEWOMAN
    Neither to you nor any one; having no witness to
    confirm my speech.

                                  [Enter LADY MACBETH, with a taper]

    Lo you, here she comes! This is her very guise;
    and, upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.

DOCTOR
    How came she by that light?

GENTLEWOMAN
    Why, it stood by her: she has light by her
    continually; 'tis her command.

DOCTOR
    You see, her eyes are open.

GENTLEWOMAN
    Ay, but their sense is shut.

DOCTOR
    What is it she does now? Look, how she rubs her hands.

GENTLEWOMAN
    It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus
    washing her hands: I have known her continue in
    this a quarter of an hour.

LADY MACBETH
    Yet here's a spot.

DOCTOR
    Hark! she speaks: I will set down what comes from
    her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

LADY MACBETH

    Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why,
    then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my
    lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
    fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
    account?--Yet who would have thought the old man
    to have had so much blood in him.

DOCTOR
    Do you mark that?

LADY MACBETH
    The thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now?--
    What, will these hands ne'er be clean?--No more o'
    that, my lord, no more o' that: you mar all with
    this starting.

DOCTOR
    Go to, go to; you have known what you should not.

GENTLEWOMAN
    She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of
    that: heaven knows what she has known.

LADY MACBETH
    Here's the smell of the blood still: all the
    perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
    hand. Oh, oh, oh!

DOCTOR
    What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.

GENTLEWOMAN
    I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the
    dignity of the whole body.

DOCTOR
    Well, well, well,--

GENTLEWOMAN
    Pray God it be, sir.

DOCTOR
    This disease is beyond my practise: yet I have known
    those which have walked in their sleep who have died
    holily in their beds.

LADY MACBETH
    Wash your hands, put on your nightgown; look not so
    pale.--I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he
    cannot come out on's grave.

DOCTOR
    Even so?

LADY MACBETH
    To bed, to bed! there's knocking at the gate:
    come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What's
    done cannot be undone.--To bed, to bed, to bed!

                                    [Exit]

DOCTOR
    Will she go now to bed?

GENTLEWOMAN
    Directly.

DOCTOR
    Foul whisperings are abroad: unnatural deeds
    Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds
    To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets:
    More needs she the divine than the physician.
    God, God forgive us all! Look after her;
    Remove from her the means of all annoyance,
    And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night:
    My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
    I think, but dare not speak.

GENTLEWOMAN
    Good night, good doctor.

                             [Exeunt]  

  Last Updated: 08/04/2008