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“ [51] the bottom of all the mischief that is done under the sun, I appear and say that I am she, that woman, the female fate of the Macbeth family.”

In the monologue that follows, Lady Macbeth fairly lives before the audience, and in amazing travesty relates the course of the drama.

She thus describes the visit of the weird sisters (the three Misses Macbeth) who have been asked to contribute some of “their excellent hell-broth and devilled articles” for her party.

At 12 M., a rushing and bustling was heard, and down the kitchen chimney tumbled the three weird sisters, finding everything ready for their midnight operations. ... “That hussy of a Macbeth's wife leaves us nothing to work with,” cried one. “She makes double trouble for us.” “Double trouble, double trouble,” they all cried and groaned in chorus, and presently fell into a sort of trilogy of mingled prose and verse which was enough to drive one mad.

Where hast thou been?
Sticking pigs.
And where hast thou?
Why, curling wigs
Fit for a shake in German jigs
And hoo! carew! carew!

“We must have Hecate now, can't do without her. Throw the beans over the broomstick and say boo!” And lo, Hecate comes, much like the others, only rather more so....

Now they began to work in good earnest. And they had brought with them whole bottles of sunophon,

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