Macbeth Please see the bottom of the page and the highlighted text for full explanatory notes and helpful resources. Here's a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key. Who's there, i' the name of Beelzebub? Here's a farmer, that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty : come in time; have napkins enow about you; here you'll sweat for't. Who's there, in th'other devil's name?
Act 2, Scene 3 | myShakespeare
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A knock sounds offstage. A drunken porter enters. If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key.
A porter stumbles through the hallway to answer the knocking, grumbling comically about the noise and mocking whoever is on the other side of the door. The porter says that he was up late carousing and rambles on humorously about the effects of alcohol, which he says provokes red noses, sleepiness, and urination. Macbeth enters, and Macduff asks him if the king is awake, saying that Duncan asked to see him early that morning.