In Act I, scene 3 of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth, Banquo and Macbeth encounter supernatural beings who make predictions about Macbeth's future. The witches are frightening in their appearance and in their words, but Banquo's curiosity and bravery combine when he confronts them and asks directly for some knowledge about his own future, unafraid of the supernatural in general:
To me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favors nor your hate.
After Banquo and the others hear the news of the murder of King Duncan in Act II, scene 3, Banquo reacts with courage and loyalty to his king. Though the murder is sinister and the murderer may still be among the men who gather after the discovery of the body, Banquo does not flinch in his determination to find out what really happened:
And when we have our naked frailties hid,
That suffer in exposure, let us meet,
And question this most bloody...
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