Scene Five

We are back at the Crossroads in the Forest. ROLAND sits where last we saw him, still gasping. From each path come OSWYN, GILES, AVERY and MAUDE---all converging in the center. They know instinctively why the other is running.
OSWYN
                                                                  (to Roland)
Come on! They're after us!

ROLAND

Who's after us?

AVERY

EVERYONE!

MAUDE

Where canst we hide?

GILES

We can't go back to the Cottage. That's the first place they'll look!

ROLAND

These three witches came by a while ago. They told me Humph is now thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor!

OSWYN

What!

GILES

What happened to the Macbeths?

AVERY

We can go there! We can hide there!

OSWYN

Come on! (THEY ALL rush off to the right. A moment's pause. From one of the paths upstage come ANTONY, ALBANY, GONERIL, ANTIGONUS, LAERTES and CLAUDIUS singing)
ANTONY, ALBANY, GONERIL, ANTIGONUS, LAERTES & CLAUDIUS
Kill!
Kill!
Kill the messenger!
Whip him until he's scarred!

Kill!
Kill!
Kill the messenger!
Hoist him up by his own petard!

Messengers have no faces!
Messengers have no souls!
You have to put them in their places---
And you know where to stuff those goddamned scrolls!

Kill!
Kill!
Kill the messenger!
Though he may scrape and bow!

Kill!
Kill!
Kill the messenger!
And we've got to kill him now!
We have got to kill him now!


ANTONY

                                                      (pointing to the right)
There they go!

                                                      (THEY again march off in pursuit.)
 
 

LIGHTS DIM