But who did bid thee join with us?

So The Consul has a bit of knowledge in the areas of music, movies, literature, beer, rare sexually transmitted diseases, and how to write fiction but how well does he remember Act III, Scene III of Macbeth? It is hard to believe after all the drinking over the last 30+ years that I can still remember the First Murderer’s words that I committed to memory for a school play back in Sussex when I was a nipper. What is also interesting, and ties in with The Consul’s thoughts on the Bard, is that I tend to only recite the lines of the First Murderer when I’ve been drinking. How wise is The Consul? Act 3, Scene 3 SCENE III. A park near the palace. Enter three Murderers First Murderer But who did bid thee join with us? Third Murderer Macbeth. Second Murderer He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers Our offices and what we have to do To the direction just. First Murderer Then stand with us. The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day: Now spurs the lated traveller apace To gain the timely inn; and near approaches The subject of our watch. Third Murderer Hark! I hear horses. BANQUO [Within] Give us a light there, ho! Second Murderer Then ’tis he: the rest That are within the note of expectation Already are i’ the court. First Murderer His horses go about. Third Murderer Almost a mile: but he does usually, So all men do, from hence to the palace gate Make it their walk. Second Murderer A light, a light! Enter BANQUO, and FLEANCE with a torch Third Murderer ‘Tis he. First Murderer Stand to’t. BANQUO It will be rain to-night. First Murderer Let it come down. They set upon BANQUO BANQUO O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge. O slave! Dies. FLEANCE escapes Third Murderer Who did strike out the light? First Murderer Wast not the way? Third Murderer There’s but one down; the son is fled. Second Murderer We have lost Best half of our affair. First Murderer Well, let’s away, and say how much is done. Exeunt