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Macbeth Act 3, Scene 3 Summary

  • At a park near the palace, the two murderers are joined by a third. Only a bit of light remains in the sky.
  • Banquo and Fleance approach on horseback and dismount to walk the mile to the palace, as usual. Conveniently, they have a torch—good for seeing by.
  • Banquo starts up with a friendly "it looks like rain" conversation and is promptly stabbed.
  • While being stabbed, he denounces the treachery and encourages Fleance to run away and eventually take revenge.
  • In the meantime, the torch has gone out, and Fleance takes advantage of the darkness to escape.
  • With Banquo dead and Fleance on the run, the murderers head off to the dinner party to report the half of the job they've done.

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