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Summary of Act 2 Scene 1 Past midnight Macbeth tells Banquo that theyll speak of the witches another time and bids him goodnight Macbeth sees a dagger of the mind hears his wifes bell and goes to kill King Duncan Enter Banquo and Fleance Banquo How goes the night boy 211 Enter Macbeth and a Servant Banquo Give me my sword Whos there 219-10 Exit Banquo and Fleance Macbeth Is this a dagger which I see before me The handle toward my hand 2133-34 Enter Banquo and Fleance The scene opens with some casual conversation which tells us that its very dark and that something bad is about to happen Banquo and his son Fleance are in the courtyard of Macbeths castle and Fleance is carrying a torch Banquo asks Fleance How goes the night boy 211 Hes not asking Fleance how hes doing hes asking how late it is Fleance hasnt heard a clock strike but the moon is down so it must be past midnight Banquo then hands his sword to Fleance who is apparently serving as his fathers squire Banquo also gives Fleance something else perhaps the belt and sheath for the sword It appears that Banquo is getting ready to go to bed and he remarks that Theres husbandry in heaven Their candles are all out 215 Husbandry is thriftiness Banquo means that heaven has gone to bed and has put out its candles the stars for the night The moon is down the night is starless and there are no street lights in Macbeths castle In short its darker than any dark most of us have ever seen And within this dark is fear Banquo is dead tired and feels as heavy as lead but hes fighting sleep because hes afraid of his own thoughts or dreams He asks the powers above to Restrain in me the
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