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Explain: to beguile the time,look like the time,bear welcome in your eye,your hand,your...

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needygirl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 8:43 AM via web

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Explain: to beguile the time,look like the time,bear welcome in your eye,your hand,your tongue:look like th' innocent flower,

this quote was said by lady macbeth in the play macbeth

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 8:51 AM (Answer #1)

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As you say, this quote is spoken by Lady Macbeth.  She is speaking to her husband.  Basically, she is telling him that he has to act casual and innocent even though they are going to kill the king.

The word "beguile" here means to trick or to fool.  So she is telling him that he has to beguile the people who see him.  He has to look like he is welcoming the king.  He has to look like an innocent flower in every way so that no one will suspect that he is up to anything bad.

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