Description: A doctor and gentlewoman watch as Lady Macbeth rubs her hands and declares, "Out, damned spot!" while sleepwalking.
William Shakespeare's "MacBeth"
Act 5, Scene 1
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. 2155
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 2160
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.