You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold That is not often vouched, while ’tis a-making,’Tis given with welcome. To feed were best at home
Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Ross, Lennox, Lords and Attendants all meet in the hall of the palace for the banquet.
The table’s full.
May’t please your Highness sit.
Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.
Gentlemen, rise. His Highness is not well
(seeing the GHOST) Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee.
One of Banquo's murderers enter as everyone is seated to alert Macbeth of the news that Fleance escaped alive. Once he receives this news he states that he's scared again, tangled up with doubts and fear.
Good night, and better heal Attend his Majesty
Think of this, good peers, But as a thing of custom. 'Tis no other; Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.
The murderer leaves and Lady Macbeth reminds Macbeth to entertain his guest, Macbeth thanks her for the reminder and raises a toast to Banquo, as this is going on, Banquos ghost takes a seat in Macbeths chair.
How say’st thou that Macduff denies his person At our great bidding?
Did you send to him, sir?
Lennox asks Macbeth to have a seat with them, Macbeth replies saying that the table is full. Since the other men cannot see the ghost they notice something's wrong, Ross points this out and tell the men to stand. Lady Macbeth tell's them to sit back because Macbeth always acts like that. The ghost then exits.
The ghost reappears and Macbeth offers another drink to everyone. Macbeth then tells the ghost to leave his sight. Lady Macbeth comforts the guest telling them it's nothing more than a strange habit. The ghost then leaves again. Lennox tries talking to Macbeth, but Lady MAcbeth doesn't let him. All the men leave.
Macbeth points out that Macduff never showed up to the party. He tells Lady Macduff about his spy in Macduff's house and his plan to visi6 the three witches.