Act 3 Scene 6 of "Macbeth": What happens in England?  Please--I urgently need this answer!

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In Act III, Scene 6 of "Macbeth," Lennox speaks furtively with another lord of Scotland.  They realize the danger they are in, so Lennox speaks with verbal irony about the murders of Duncan and Banquo, who were "killed" by their sons.  Afterward, Macbeth slay these sons.  With bitter irony, Lennox says,

Ay, and wisely too;/For 'twould have angered any heart alive/To hear the men deny't. (III,vi,14-16)

There Malcolm (son of Duncan mentioned in line 24) goes to England to hide from Macbeth and now lives "in the English court" (III,vi,26). Macduff, who has used some "broad words" (III,vi,21) against Macbeth and has refused an invitation to a banquet by Macbeth has gone instead to petition Edward the Confessor, king in England to come to Scotland and save the land from the murderous Macbeth.

Hearing this, Macbeth now "Prepares for some attempt of war"(III,vi,38).  He sends for Macduff and asks him why he did not come for dinner; Macduff is blunt:  "The cloudy messenger turns me his back" (this is an insulting gesture) and replies, "Sir, not I" (lII,vi,40-41).

While the messenger of whom the lord speaks is sure that Macduff is going to suffer, but the messenger himself is afraid that Macbeth will punish him, too.  Lennox hopes that

Some holy angel/Fly to the court of England [ahead of Macduff]...that a swift blessin/May soon return to this, our suffering country/Under a hand accursed (III,vi,45-79)

From this scene, the reader can deduce that while Macbeth seeks the evil sisters again for his destiny, the future is shaping itself.  Soon, Macbeth will have to fight for his ambitious throne.