Character: Lady Macbeth
1. Act II, Scene 2. Lady Macbeth has been anxious about Macbeth's resolve to kill King Duncan so that he can advance the predictions of the witches. She has even asked the preternatural spirits to unsex her so that she can encourage Macbeth.
She has made all the preparations for Macbeth, laying the daggers where he will see them so that they can implicate the servants. But when she hears Macbeth cry out from within "Who's there? What, ho?" she becomes very worried.
....I am afraid they have awaked,And ’tis not done. Th' attempt and not the deedConfounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembledMy father as he slept, I had done ’t. (2.2.9-13)
My hands are of your color, but I shameTo wear a heart so white [knock from within]I hear a knockingAt the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.A little water clears us of this deed.How easy is it, then! Your constancyHath left you unattended. (2.2.64-70)
What's to be done? (3.2.47)
I wish the dawn would come so that I can ask Macbeth what hath occurred and know before our guests arrive this next day.
But....I am gladdened that Macbeth hath resolve now and seems stronger in his purpose.
Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thusAnd hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.The fit is momentary; upon a thoughtHe will again be well. (3.4.56-59)I pray you, speak not....
Question enrages him: at once, good night.
Stand not upon the order of your going,
But go at once. (3.4.121-124)
Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my 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. (5.1.25-28)
Yet must I protect my lord--To bed, my lord, there is that infernal knocking!