ACT 1 SCENE 1.Three witches meet on open ground, on a heath. It is stormy, miserable weather. They plan their next meeting, which will be when the battle is over.
When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Fair is foul, and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air.
When the hurly-burly's done; When the battle's lost, and won.
That will be ere the set of sun.
What bloody man is that? He can report, as seemeth by his plight, of the revolt the newest state.
ACT 1 SCENE 2King Duncan, Malcom and the bloody captain are having a conversation after the captain loses the battle.
This is the sergeantWho, like a good and hardy soldier, fought 'gainst my captivity.
Doubtful it stood, as two spent swimmers that do cling together
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
ACT 1 SCENE 3The witches meet upon the heath. Macbeth and Banquo bump into the witches and they have a conversation.
All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
Speak, if you can: what are you?
Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair?
Act 1 Scene 4King Duncan hears reports of Cawdor's excecution from Malcom. He announces his intention to name Malcom the heir to his throne and Macbeth realises he has competition with Malcom for the throne.
Duncan- Is execution done on cawdor? are not those in commision yet returned?
Duncan- He was a gentleman on whom i built an absolute trust.
Malcom- They are not yet come back. But i have spoke with one that saw him die, who did report that very frankly he confessed his treasons, implored your highness' pardon, and set forth a deep repentance: nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
Act 1 Scene 5Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth, talking about his encounter with the witches. Lady macbeth sends a letter back, telling him what he should do (kill the king) so he can become king.
Lady Macbeth- (reading) They met me in the day of success , and I have learned by the perfectest report that they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
Lady Macbeth- (looking up from letter) Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o' th' milk of human kindness.