THE STORY SO FAR: Macduff has fled to England to join up with Duncan's son Malcolm, who is planning to take back Scotland from the murderous Macbeth. But first they are going to get a bit of bad news...
This is really quite a powerful scene. I've seen a lot of different responses from Macduff, ranging from shocked stillness to cold fury to just white hot grief. It's always mesmerizing. There's some fantastic writing going on here:
Let's make us medicines of our great revenge,
To cure this deadly grief.
He has no children. All my pretty ones?
Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop?
Dispute it like a man.
I shall do so;
But I must also feel it as a man:
That's some powerful stuff there. You can't really make this stuff funny.
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