I knew Macbeth to be a patriotic man who served for the peace of his country and risked his own life to protect it. I saw Macbeth as a hero. The recount from the Captain of the courageous Macbeth enlightened me from the dull mood I was in that morning. I had heard of the revolt and felt a deep sorrow and anger. The bravery of Macbeth lifted my spirits.
I could not praise Macbeth enough for the service he hath given me. I saw the title of ‘Thane of Cawdor’ a way to express my gratitude. I remember as he entered my castle from the bloodied battlefield, he hath said:
‘The service and the that loyalty I owe
In doing it, pays itself. Your highness part
Is to receive our duties; and our duties
Are to your throne and state, children and servants
Safe toward your love and honour.’
Hearing such words increased my gratitude for him even if he spoke against it. I saw Macbeth a true man, a righteous man, a man of strong morals. But to commit such an act baffles me. But such words, he spoke, it makes me wonder. Hath he acted in such thankfulness when he said that? Was it not the true gratitude, which he hath displayed?
I now know that he did show unwilling gratitude, such as the scene of our ceremony. As I did announce my estate upon my eldest Malcolm, I saw the most putrid frown spread upon Macbeth’s face. I addressed him of my celebration at Iverness and he humbly replied:
‘The rest is labour, which is not used for you,
I’ll be myself the harbinger and make joyful,
The hearing of my wife, with your approach,
So humbly take my leave.’
Now do I understand, the frown of the traitor, a clue to the murder. The frown brought upon by the fatal words of which I did utter:
‘Our eldest Malcolm, whom we name...