I have two nights watched with you but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked?
Since his Majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon ’t, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.
A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching. In this slumb'ry agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what at any time, have you heard her say?
You may to me, and ’tis most meet you should.
That, sir, which I will not report after her.
Neither to you nor anyone, having no witness to confirm my speech.
Lo you, here she comes. This is her very guise and upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.
In Macbeth's castle, a gentlewoman stays awake during the night with a medicine doctor in order to show him Lady Macbeth sleepwalking, but they have had no luck. The doctor questions when she last saw the queen sleepwalking.
How came she by that light?
They both stand in an empty room, the gentlewoman says how Lady Macbeth has been sleepwalking since Macbeth went to war, and while being wide awake she would perform a series of events. The doctor replies by saying that this is unnatural and questions whether she has heard her say anything.
You see her eyes are open.
Ay, but their sense are shut.
The gentlewoman confesses that the queen has said some things but refuses to tell him. Despite the doctor saying that she should tell him, she says she will not tell him or anyone else since there is no witness to confirm her speech.
What is it she does now? Look how she rubs her hands.
It is an accustomed action with her to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour.
Lady Macbeth approaches sleepwalking in the hallway while holding a candle. The gentlewoman and doctor stay hidden and observe the queen. The gentlewoman says how this is her usual behaviour and swears that Lady Macbeth is asleep. The doctor questions how she got the candle, the gentlewoman responds by saying how it is the queen's orders to have a light on her bedside.
Why, it stood by her. She has light by her continually. 'Tis her command.
Lady Macbeth enters the empty room, the doctor says how her eyes are open but the gentlewoman says how she can not see anything.
Lady Macbeth comes in, places the candle on the ground and sits down on the ground while the two are hidden in the corner. The doctor asks what the queen is doing, referring to her rubbing her hands. The gentlewoman says that this has happened before, once for as long as 15 minutes, and that it is as if she is washing her hands. The queen starts talking saying that there is a spot.