The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0460 Monday, 15 March 1999.
From: Jack Heller <
Date: Monday, 15 Mar 1999 09:09:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Ross and Macduff
I have a two questions. In Macbeth, when Ross arrives to inform Macduff
of the death of his family, he first tells him that his wife and
children are well. I understand the notion of breaking the news gently,
but this seems incongruous with both the purpose of Ross' message and
the intent of Macduff's question. So why does Ross first say they are
well? And how many children does Macduff have? Only one son is killed,
but he inquires about his children. Your thoughts on these questions
will be appreciated.