For a while you couldn’t tell who would win. The armies were like two exhausted swimmers clinging to each other and struggling in the water, unable to move. The villainous rebel Macdonwald was supported by foot soldiers and horsemen from Ireland and the Hebrides, and Lady Luck was with him, smiling cruelly at his enemies as if she were his whore.
This is the brave sergeant who fought to keep me from being captured. Hail, brave friend! Tell the king what was happening in the battle when you left it.
My brave relative! What a worthy man!
Who is this bloody man? Judging from his appearance, I bet he can tell us the latest news about the revolt.
But in the same way that violent storm always come just as spring appears, our success against Macdonwald created new problems for us.
King Duncan and the soldier talks
Your words, like your wounds, bring you honor. Take him to the surgeons.
The new challenge scared them about as much as sparrows frighten eagles, or rabbits frighten a lion. To tell you the truth, they fought the new enemy with twice as much force as before; they were like cannons loaded with double ammunition.
Didn’t this frighten our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
The Captain exits, helped by attendants. Ross and Angus enters
The worthy Thane of Ross
His eyes seem frantic! He looks like someone with a strange tale to tell.
Who is this?
Ross and King Duncan talks
Where have you come from, worthy thane?
God save the King!
Ross tells King Duncan who he is
Great king, I’ve come from Fife, where the Norwegian flag flies, mocking our country and frightening our people. Leading an enormous army and assisted by that disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor, the king of Norway began a bloody battle.
Giving the news about Macbeth
The thane of Cawdor will never again betray me. Go announce that he will be executed, and tell Macbeth that Cawdor’s titles will be given to him.
I’ll get it done right away.
The thane of Cawdor has lost what the noble Macbeth has won.