Act 4, Scene 1
And indeed, Macbeth went looking for the three witches again. The first apparition that looked like a head wearing a helmet appeared.
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff.
Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.
Then the second apparition that looked like a bloody child appeared.
Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth.
Then the third apparition that looked like a crowned child holding a tree in his hand appeared.
Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.
Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.
By then, Macbeth was very relieved because he will not be harmed unless the trees in the forest of Birnam can get up and march towards him. However he was still worried about the prophecy that Banquo's descendants will rule and demanded the witches to answer. In response, he was showed eight kings marching, with the eighth one holding a mirror such that he saw more kings in the mirror, and the last in the line was the ghost of Banquo.
Now I see ’tis true;
For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me
And points at them for his.
Now I believe it's true,
That bloody Banquo already smiled at me
and pointed to show they are his liao.
Knowing that Macduff has fled to England, the furious Macbeth commanded his men to raid Macduff's castle, seize the town of Fife, and kill his wife and children.
Act 4, Scene 2
Meanwhile, an unknown messenger went up to Lady Macduff to warn her to take her son and flee. But he was too late as the murderers have arrived at the castle and killed them.
Act 4, Scene 3
Macduff was trying to convince Duncan's son Malcolm to fight Macbeth and get back the throne, but Malcolm was hesitant because he was not sure whether to trust Macduff. So he went about telling Macduff he was a bad choice to be a king because he was lustful and greedy and was worse than Macbeth in any way. Disheartened, Macduff decided to leave. Only then that Malcolm told Macduff he was testing him.
Whither indeed, before thy here-approach,
Old Siward, with ten thousand warlike men,
Already at a point, was setting forth.
Now we’ll together, and the chance of goodness
Be like our warranted quarrel!
Actually har, before you come here,
old Siward and his ten thousand soldiers are already on the way liao.
Now we will fight Macbeth together
and may the chance of success be as great as the justice of our cause!
Ross arrived at England with the news that the people in Scotland were arming themselves to rebel against Macbeth's tyrannic rule. He also came with the bad news to Macduff that his wife, children and servants were all killed.
Oh, I could play the woman with mine eyes
And braggart with my tongue! But, gentle heavens,
Cut short all intermission. Front to front
Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself.
Within my sword’s length set him; if he ’scape,
Heaven forgive him too.
Walau, I can cry like a woman
and kao peh about how I will avenge them!
But Ti Gong, don't let me wait anymore.
Bring me face to face with this devil of Scotland.
Put him within the reach of my sword,
and if like that he still can escape,
even Ti Gong can forgive him!