The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1860 Monday, 1 November 1999.
From: Rachelle Slater <
Date: Saturday, 30 Oct 1999 10:07:25 EDT
Subject: Q: Macbeth
I'm wondering if anyone can help me? I'm looking for the meaning of a
line from Act III;ii in Macbeth. It is when Macbeth is speaking to Lady
Macbeth directly before the death of Banquo and he says to her, "The
shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums/Hath rung night's yawning peel,
there shall be done/A deed of dreadful note." I know that he is
referring to Banquo's death and he is hinting to her that it is going to
be done, but what does he mean by the line before about the "yawning
peal"? I realize that this means a curfew, but I don't quite know how
this fits in to what he is saying. Any help? Thanks in advance.