The porter compares his door to the gates of hell and Macduff complains about the porter's slow response to his knock .
Knock, knock!Never at quiet.—What are you?—But this place istoo cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further. I hadthought to have let in some of all professions that gothe primrose way to th’ everlasting bonfire.
Was it so late, friend, ere you went to bed that you do lie so late?
The porter says that he was up late carousing and rambles on humorously about the effects of alcohol, which he says provokes red noses, sleepiness, and urination. He adds that drink also "provokes and unprovokes" Lechery.
Marry, sir,nose-painting, sleep, and urine.Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes. It provokesthe desire, but it takes away the performance.
Porter exits. Macbeth enters, and Macduff asks him if the king is awake , to which Macbeth responds with a short "not yet".
Is the king stirring, worthy thane?
He did command me to call timely on him. I have almost slipped the hour.
Macduff says that Duncan asked to see him this early morning . Macbeth then offers to take Macduff to the king.
I'll bring you to him.
As Macduff enters the king's chambers, Lennox describes the storms that raged the previous night, asserting that he cannot remember anything like it in all his years.
The night has been unruly. Where we lay ,our chimneys were blown down and, as they say, Lamentings i' th' air , strange screams of death
With a cry of, "o horror, horror, horror!" Macduff screams that the king has been murdered!
O, horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!