When shall we three meet again
"When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?"
With these words Macbeth begins. This dark tragedy opens with
three of the most memorable characters in literature, the Weird
Sisters, ugly evil hags, witches who stir their cauldron and
conjure up curses and predictions ("Fair is foul and foul is fair."
I, i,12). They set a brooding stage for their encounter with
Macbeth, a Scottish warlord who aspires to be King. They agree to
meet again later that evening on the heath which Macbeth will cross
as he returns from battle. During this meeting they set into motion
a course of events that will lead to Macbeth's tragic downfall.
This trio of howling, shrieking witches, who cackle with glee over
their evil plans, will return later in the play to complete the
final marriage of chaos and murder.