Description: Lady MacBeth reads a letter from MacBeth detailing the prophecies of the three witches.
William Shakespeare's "MacBeth"
Act I, Scene 5
Inverness. Macbeth’s castle.
[Enter LADY MACBETH, reading a letter]
Lady Macbeth: 'They met me in the day of success: and I have 345
learned by the perfectest report, they have more in
them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire
to question them further, they made themselves air,
into which they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in
the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who 350
all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor;' by which title,
before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred
me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that
shalt be!' This have I thought good to deliver
thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou 355
mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being
ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it
to thy heart, and farewell.