It's time for the so-called England scene! Paradoxically, the England scene is the longest scene in the Scottish play.
This interaction between Macduff and Malcolm is pretty weird and it sometimes gets cut entirely from performances. I think that's a mistake, as it gives us a great insight into Malcolm's character. Up until now the apparently rightful heir to the throne of Scotland has been a complete cipher, but now he gets to flex his political muscles in a series of carefully considered lies designed to test and manipulate Macduff.
He might be a capable and deserving leader, but we kind of get the sense here that Malcolm is not necessarily a savior in shining armor.
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