Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

by

Susan King

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Sometimes called Dun (or fortress) Elgin. A fortress in Moray where Gruadh spends much of her adulthood.

Elgin Quotes in Lady Macbeth

The Lady Macbeth quotes below are all either spoken by Elgin or refer to Elgin. 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:
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). 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 16  Quotes

“I hear,” Macbeth said, “that wives of other mormaers, even kings, stay at home where they are safe, and keep mute about steel-games unless asked for their opinion.”

“I am none of that cloth.” […]

Walking through dry sand to meet my friends, having witnessed by husband do cold murder, I yet felt a stirring admiration for him as a capable warlord. That day, as at other times, he had demonstrated uncompromising will, as well as physical ability and courage. He revealed a strong sense of what was right and what was not, and what was possible between those points—and he took steps to achieve it.

Whether or not he knew it, I considered myself his capable equal, not a subservient wife. Raised by a warlord in a nest of warriors, I would not be regarded as significant in my small household circle, only to be dismissed beyond its boundaries.

Related Characters: Gruadh / Rue / Lady Macbeth (speaker), Macbeth (speaker), Thorfin Sigurdsson, Angus mac Fergus
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 19  Quotes

“Your weapons practice and your desire for vengeance,” Maeve told me one day, “are hardening you, dulling the bed of your womb. How can you expect to conceive a child when you feed yourself on spite and anger? Those are poisons for the body.”

She made me think, I admit, and she made me wonder. But I did not stop, not then. […]

“Your wish for vengeance is sinful,” [Father Osgar] told me one day after confession, when we walked a little. “But it is understandable. Let prayer and faith heal you.”
“I cannot give it up,” I said. “I am not yet done with this.”

“Give it up or keep it close,” he answered, “but know that until you find some peace in your heart, I will pray on your behalf. Grief is sometimes like a sharp-toothed demon that gets hold of our hearts. But its grip weakens with time, and one day you will be free of it.”

Related Characters: Gruadh / Rue / Lady Macbeth (speaker), Maeve (speaker), Macbeth, Bodhe
Page Number: 180
Explanation and Analysis:
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Elgin Term Timeline in Lady Macbeth

The timeline below shows where the term Elgin appears in Lady Macbeth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11 
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...sent by Banchorrie. The man warns her that Macbeth and his men are marching on Elgin. At first, Gruadh is unconcerned, and assumes the advancing forces are harmless, but Maeve is... (full context)
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Gilcomgan has gone on patrol with fifty men, leaving Elgin relatively undefended. Gruadh refuses to let Macbeth and his men in. She knows they will... (full context)
Chapter 12 
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...marries them in the Catholic tradition. After, the upset Gruadh returns to the fortress at Elgin. (full context)
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Back in Elgin, Gruadh goes against Macbeth’s commands. She will not stay in her chamber as he has... (full context)
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Gilcomgan’s body and the bodies of his men are returned to Elgin and buried. Gruadh feels numb. She expects that soon Bodhe will avenge her husband and... (full context)
Chapter 13 
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King Malcolm and his men arrive at Elgin, and Macbeth greets them. Gruadh hopes that the King has come to avenge her dead... (full context)
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...Gruadh is happy to see the banner of Fife and Bodhe in the yard of Elgin. She is disappointed when she finds that her father has not come to save her.... (full context)
Chapter 15 
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Macbeth invites his personal bard, Dermot mac Conall, to Elgin. One day the bard asks to speak with both Gruadh and Macbeth in preparation for... (full context)
Chapter 16 
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...he is looking after the people in his domain, rescuing children and sharing food from Elgin’s storage with his tenants. He understands that if he helps and gets to know his... (full context)
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...man and why he paid a bribe. Macbeth tries to get her to return to Elgin, but she will not leave. Finally, he explains he paid the Vikings a bribe, as... (full context)
Chapter 17 
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Catriona returns to Elgin in May to help with the birth of another child. Bethoc remains jealous and unwelcoming.... (full context)
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Gruadh returns to Elgin, furious. She plans to leave and return to Fife, but Macbeth arrives before she can... (full context)
Chapter 18 
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Back in Elgin, Gruadh has a vision of men fighting. Both Macbeth and Gilcomgan are there. To the... (full context)
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One day, as Gruadh stands outside, Ruari rides into Elgin and announces that Bodhe and Malcolm mac Farquhar have been killed. Although the attackers were... (full context)
Chapter 19 
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Gruadh and Macbeth return to Moray in late August. Macbeth transfers his household from Elgin to Craig Phadraig in the northeast. As they ride noisily from one fortress to another,... (full context)
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That winter Gruadh and Macbeth return to Elgin. Gruadh and Macbeth often have sex, but she has not become pregnant again. Maeve suggests... (full context)
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...Two weeks later, Ruari arrives with hawks and hunting dogs, and asks to stay at Elgin with her. Later that winter Elgin gets a new priest, who Gruadh likes more than... (full context)
Chapter 21 
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...men. He tells her he’s let it go. Still, before they make it back to Elgin Gruadh finds a priest to confess to. He quickly absolves her although she wonders how... (full context)
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...him. She is surprised to find Catriona already there. She urges Macbeth to return to Elgin with her, but cannot share a saddle with him because, she reveals for the first... (full context)
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A few weeks later riders arrive at Elgin. They announce King Malcolm has died in an ambush. Duncan is now king. Macbeth will... (full context)
Chapter 23 
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Macbeth returns to Elgin and tells Gruadh to gather her household and move somewhere safer. He tells her Thorfin... (full context)
Chapter 24
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That spring Gruadh returns to Elgin. While there, she is happy to hear Thorfin and his army has been temporarily distracted... (full context)
Chapter 26 
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After two weeks of planning, Macbeth receives word that Duncan is advancing Elgin with his troops. Gruadh gives Macbeth the blessed pin from Enya. Before he rides to... (full context)
Chapter 28 
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Gruadh and Macbeth move to a new fortress, Kincardine O’Neil. Gruadh briefly returns to Elgin to fetch Lulach, but she also takes the time to work on fulfilling what she... (full context)
Chapter 30 
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Waking up, Gruadh wanders the halls of Elgin. She has been spending her days considering her story, but notes, “I am reluctant to... (full context)
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...agree, and Gruadh, the crowner, would not crown him. After Macbeth’s defeat he returned to Elgin, where Gruadh and Catriona treated his wounds—specifically a blow to the eye that left him... (full context)
Epilogue
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In 1058, Gruadh is excited to greet Lulach, who has just arrived at Elgin. She is happy to see her grandson, Nechtan, who is a toddler but already mormaer... (full context)