Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

by

Susan King

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Da Shealladh Term Analysis

Translates to “second sight”—the ability to see the future and read omens.

Da Shealladh Quotes in Lady Macbeth

The Lady Macbeth quotes below are all either spoken by Da Shealladh or refer to Da Shealladh. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
History, Memory, and Storytelling  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Three Rivers Press edition of Lady Macbeth published in 2008.
Chapter 7  Quotes

Them men formed a circle around me, friends and enemies both. Ahead, on the earth of the practice yard, two swords lay crossed and ready, shining blades reflecting the glow of the sunrise. Nearby, horses stood, gleaming and grand, ready to be ridden, while overhead, two eagles winged toward the mountains, and a raven settled on a gatepost. Moon and stars were still visible in the sky, and the sunrise flowed over the hilltops like a spill of blood, the sun in its midst like a golden wafer. […] I knew some of the elements—ravens were death and warning, eagles pride and pairing, horses freedom; the swords might be conflict or war, and the circle of warriors around me could have been a sign of protection, or the men in my future. […] My mother had been gifted with the Sight that brings spontaneous visions, so common among the Gaels that we call it Da Shealladh, the gift of two sighs. A great-grandmother on Bodhe’s side had been a taibhsear, a seer, from whom others sought advice.

Until that moment, I had not known that I, too, had a hint of that talent.

Page Number: 55
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Da Shealladh Term Timeline in Lady Macbeth

The timeline below shows where the term Da Shealladh appears in Lady Macbeth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7 
Magic, Tradition, and Religion  Theme Icon
Fate, Family, and Ambition  Theme Icon
...of the omens, and as a Celt, and the daughter and granddaughter of women with Da Shealladh , or second sight, has been taught to look for signs all around her. In... (full context)