William Shakespeare (1564–1616). The Tragedy of Macbeth.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
[Dunsinane. Ante-room in the castle]
Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting Gentlewoman
Doct.I have two nights watch’d with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walk’d?Gent.Since his Majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown 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.Doct.A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching! In this slumb’ry agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what, at any time, have you heard her say?Gent.That, sir, which I will not report after her.Doct.You may to me: and ’tis most meet you should.Gent.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.