Shakespeare's Stories Simply Told

Shakespeare's Stories Simply Told

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...a fulfilment of one prophecy that he began to think the witches might be equally correct on all points, and that he really might soon reign over Scotland. Macbeth had a bad and ambitious wife; and when he told her what the witches had promised him, she determined to secure greatness at any cost, even at the cost of Duncan's life! The king was in the habit of paying visits to his nobles, and at this time he chose to stay in Macbeth's castle, bringing with him his sons Malcolm and Donalbain, and numerous retainers. 118 THE DEATH OF DUNCAN. When Macbeth apprised his wife of the royal visit, she began to hint at her dark and evil purpose. "He that's coming Must be provided for, and you shall put This night's great business into my dispatch." The king was so much wearied with his journey that he was glad to retire early to rest. He had two attendants sleeping in his chamber, but their presence did not hinder Lady Macbeth from attempting his murder. She had won her husband's consent to it; yet she feared his nature was not hard and cruel enough to commit the deed, so, with a dagger in her hand, she approached the sleeping king, having first given his grooms so much wine that they were completely stupified. As she looked on Duncan's face, something in its expression made this bad woman think of her own father, and her courage failed her; but her husband overcame his own fear, and entering the king's chamber, quickly despatched him. Next moment horror overtook him: one of the grooms stirred in his sleep, and murmured, " God bless us,"--to which the other answered, "Amen;" and Macbeth listened, shuddering. Then it seemed to him as if a voice cried, "Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep." Returning to his...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236757025
  • 9781236757029