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Macbeth: The View From Below. Three Scenes From Macbeth Retold By The Minor Characters.

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The MessengerOf all people in his armies, My Lord Macbeth sends me to deliver a letter! I, who have stood before kings and princes, carried messages and gifts of war or allegiance, who has been trusted with the most sensitive and valuable of commissions, now am reduced to carrying letters home to his wife!It is a strange relationship My Lord and My Lady have. It goes against nature even, that she should be treated so highly. He consults her in everything he does, writes to her with reports on how the war goes, and even leaves her in command of the castle while he is away.Look at how she watches me now, over the top of the letter, with vicious gloating eyes. Even I, ill from travelling so great a distance in so few hours, can see it. My Lord's victory must be on her mind. A woman should concern herself with needlework and music, not war and battle.Something in her eye is disquieting, as if she sees me not, or sees something else in my place. Now she orders me to leave, her tone is harsh and commanding, methinks she puts herself higher than her station, as if she were royalty and not the Lady Macbeth! But what would I know, being just a poor and humble messenger as I am?The LordThe banqueting hall looks most fine tonight. Indeed, I may venture to say never have I seen their Majesties looking quite so well as they do, although they have not been their Majesties for very long, so that is not surprising! Ah, look, now the King speaks to us with such kindness, bids us a hearty welcome though I am sure he would much rather us not celebrate so soon after the sainted Duncan's demise. Ye, I was told he was in quite an apoplexy of grief at the dreadful event and anger at those foul beasts that call themselves men and yet killed their king like animals. And her ladyship, the Queen too, fainted the moment the fateful proclamation of the deed met her ear!Now enters the food, and what a feast! Almost as pleasing to the eye as to the mouth and stomach I'll fancy. But His Highness looks pensive I'll warrant, it must be Duncan's mantle lying heavily on his shoulders - to be chosen by God for such a task as the governing of a country must be a fantastic thing indeed, but in such frightful circumstances must be a burden indeed. Oh! But his wife is speaking to him. Words of condolences and comfort I'll wager. Such a beautiful and accomplished woman there cannot be, as our fair Queen. To be sure he is looking better now, speaking of the absence of our good friend Banquo. Where can the man be? Surely he would not miss this occasion for all the world.But what's this, now the king looks greatly agitated. He makes no sense as he talks. Why does he say the table is full when Banquo's place is quite empty? Now Ross tells us to get up, but the Queen insists her husband is often ill and that we should stay! I am in quite a quandary as to what to do. I know my King was distressed at the death of his predecessor and the treachery of Duncan's original heirs, but surely madness...

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