In this scene, the Witches have gathered apon the heath- as they said they would, and the first witch is telling how she was disrespected by a sailors wife so they plan to cause mischief on them. She says she has a pilots thumb so Macbeth has come.
Macbeth and Banquo are together and Macbeth says how his day has not been so good and bad at the same time. The Witches come before them and Banquo he askes Macbeth how far “these creatures” have come. He says they look like they should not belong on earth. He turns to them and askes if they can answer questions, they seem to understand him. He says they look women but their beards keep him from believing that they really are. Macbeth asks the witches what kind of creatures they are but they ignore him and give him all these praises.
” FIRST WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear
Things that do sound so fair? (to the WITCHES) I’ th‘ name of truth,
Are ye fantastical, or that indeed
Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner
You greet with present grace and great prediction
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favors nor your hate. “