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by William Shakespeare

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Please explain this quote from Macbeth in detail:  O, never(65) Shall sun that morrow see! Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue; look like the innocent flower,(70 But be the serpent under't. He that's coming Must be provided for; and you shall put This night's great business into my dispatch, Which shall to all our nights and days to come Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.(75)

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These lines are from act 1, scene 5, and they are spoken by Lady Macbeth to her husband, Macbeth. At this point in the play, Macbeth has won a battle for the Scottish army and has been rewarded with a new title: Thane of Cawdor. He also heard from the witches on the heath after battle that he'd be king one day. He writes a letter to his wife with this information, and she reads the letter at the beginning of scene 5. She reacts favorably and also starts thinking about how she can help her husband get the crown. King Duncan is coming to their castle the same night, and they plot to kill him in his sleep so Macbeth can be king.

The first two lines of the speech are referring to Duncan's death. When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that Duncan is coming to stay with them for one night and leaving the next day, Lady Macbeth responds, "O, never / Shall sun that morrow see!" This basically means that tomorrow will never come for Duncan, as he will die during the night.

Lady Macbeth then proceeds to reveal...

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